Hello, new friends!
I’m brimming with excitement to embark on this adventure with all of you. My name is Max and I hail from sunny San Diego (most recently). I like hip-hop, crossword puzzles, and building things. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but for the past four years I studied mechanical engineering at UC San Diego. Outdoor recreation has been a big part of my life; I worked as a wilderness guide at UCSD and I enjoy climbing, backpacking, and surfing whenever I can. Needless to say, I’m beyond stoked to spend the next three and a half months in the foothills of such a sacred and storied mountain range.
After graduating last spring and unsure of my next steps, I built out a camper van with my wonderful girlfriend and hit the road for a year of rock climbing and exploring all over the lower 48. It’s been a grand adventure and an invaluable learning experience. This study abroad program is a continuation of my exploration, outward and inward, and I’m doing my best to approach it intentionally and with an open mind. Although I’m finished with undergrad, I’m just as much a student as everyone else in the world. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from all of you, the Nepali people, and the land around us.
The world is a big, beautiful place and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to explore this corner of it with all of you. To new friends, new places, and new perspectives. Cheers!