Those who know me understand that I frequently get worked up about the state of the world. Whether it’s inequality in the American education system, the treatment of women across the world, or our gross negligence of combating climate change, I’m often fired up about a certain issue. High school was immensely frustrating for me because more often than not, we spent our time memorizing and regurgitating facts instead of having organic, meaningful discussions about what’s going on in the world. When looking into colleges, I was eager to find an school with plenty of travel opportunities, in which I could learn about the world, explore other cultures, and figure out how I can make a difference. As it turns out, the best place for me to do all that isn’t a college at all. It’s a gap year program called Thinking Beyond Borders.
Thinking Beyond Borders is a 7-month long program in which a group of students travel to several developing countries and try to figure out how they can be successful agents of social change. I am ecstatic to say that I will be embarking on that journey in just six short days! Ghana is our first country, and we will be studying public health. Then comes Thailand (sustainable agriculture), Cambodia, Ecuador (education), and Peru!