I am graduating high school this year and havo no idea what I want to study in college. Aardvark Israel is a 9 month program that sets you up with living accomodations, internships, college credit, hebrew classes, and travelling opportunities. These experiences will help me find my passion, and focus for a four-year degree. I have already been accepted to Portland State University, and will be applying to other universities prior to my travel. Israel interests me for a few reasons; I have recently discovered through a DNA test that I am 40% Israeli and would love to explore the culture. My parents also met on a similar trip to Israel. As a jewish person, I feel a connection to Israel and would love to learn more about it. There is a lot of conflict in Israel, and I am troubled by the intensity and history of this conflict. I hope to gain a better understanding, and that someday Israel can be a peaceful place for all that wish to live there. I have also always wanted to travel abroad, but haven't had the financial means to do the traveling I want, and this is a perfect opportunity to travel.