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The definition of serenity. Photo by Hannah Richter (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Finalist), Indonesia Semester.


Hi everyone! My name is Grady, and I’m from Richmond, Virginia, where I’ve lived my entire life – so this year is going to be a bit of a shock to my system. I’ll miss Richmond, but I’m really excited to get to know Indonesia with you all.

I spent my days in high school doing a number of things: listening to music, hanging out with friends (mostly getting a disgusting amount of fast food), writing, and doing debate. I love to study philosophy and political science and really want to use this next year to get a knowledge of Eastern schools of thought. I’d also really like to engage in some form of Indonesian poetry and scene what the writing/arts scene is like in Jogja.

This summer, I got the chance to travel more than I had before – to New York City and Spain (you can see me in the picture above losing my mind over a cathedral in Seville) – and I loved it, so I’m beyond excited to spend an entire school year in a foreign place. I’m tentatively all packed up, and I’ll see everyone soon!