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


Hello everyone,

It is so fun to see this space come alive with all these introductions. I hope putting faces and names to the people who will be sharing this journey together feels satisfying and invigorating.

My name is Shino, and like Cara, I will be supporting your spring Nepal College Study Abroad program from afar. I am based in Washington D.C. now, but I grew up in the hill-towns of western Massachusetts. I was raised by dancers who valued openness, individuality, and community. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to non-traditional locations in unconventional ways from an early age and have built my life around trying to make those types of experiences accessible to others.

I went to American University for a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Peace and Conflict Resolution, and I completed a master’s degree in International Education and Globalization at the University of Bath in the UK. After working for years for other international education organizations, I found Dragons in 2017 and it felt like coming home. My first role in the Dragons community was as a summer instructor in Morocco. Since then I have helped with partnership programming, and both high school and college programming. I am thrilled to be working with this incredible team on this re-imagined structure for college programs.

I have enjoyed getting to know all of you students during the application and program preparation process. During your time in Nepal, you will not hear much from me, as I will be supporting more behind the scenes. I will also be one of the many people tracking your experience here on this Yak Board. As your program evolves, so will this space. There are still a couple more student introductions to be posted, but soon there will also be additional preparation notes from your instructors posted here. Please keep an eye out for that. Finally, as many have noted, this is also a great place for your remaining preparation questions, so the whole group can benefit from the information you seek.

Wishing you a joyous start to 2019!