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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Instructor Introduction

Dearest students,

I am writing you this note as I sit perched at a table with a fantastic view of the turquoise waters surrounding the small island of Ko Kut in Thailand. I’m drinking a suspiciously pink drink that I’ve been told is a strawberry smoothie. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks on the beach, swimming and reading all the YA novels, going on long runs and eating delicious food. I like to balance my rather busy and full Dragons days with very calm and restful breaks. Most of the time I’m not working for Dragons I’m sitting in my parent’s garden, reading, bothering them with questions about life and the world (like I’m still 8) and making it up to them by baking lots of yummies.

When I actually was eight, I was in Bombay, India, the city I was born in, thoroughly dissatisfied with my life at school. I convinced my parents to let me go to boarding school and that’s where I spent the next 9 years of my life. It’s a cliché to say, but I do feel truly lucky to have spent my childhood in the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. I then spent four years in New York doing a degree in liberal arts, while also taking 6 months to live and study in Germany. I did all sorts of things after this, like, work in advertising, write for a magazine, teach, work on a farm and get a Master’s in International Education Policy. I was then thrilled to find my way to Dragons.

I’ve just finished instructing on the Princeton Bridge Year program that Dragons and runs in Udaipur, India and I am so happy, so excited to have the opportunity to spend almost 3 months with you all in Nepal. I so look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, travelling and adventuring with you and learning from and with you. I hope you are as excited as I am. Even if you are feeling something else, a tiny bit nervous, or buckets full of curious, I encourage you to step into this semester with your eyes, arms and heart wide open.

As your arrival in Nepal draws closer, I imagine you might have some questions. Chances are, other students have these questions too, so please post them on the Yak board. If you have a more personal concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]

In anticipation,

Uttara