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Nepal Semester Student's Catherine Von Holt's photograph of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.


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!