Study Abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia!
It has always been my dream to travel and explore the world, and this will be my first stop in a hopefully long journey across the world and throughout my life. I want to expose myself to new people, new cultures, new expereinces, and new perspectives and then take those lessons back home to improve and inspire the lives of everyone in my own personal, political, and professional life.
The price of college by itself is extremely high already which makes studying abroad not very accessible. I would be extremely thankful and humbled at any amount you can contribute to my study abroad fund.
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A piece I wrote on traveling and how it can help people change the world:
There is a chance that travel and exploration cannot stop bigotry and misunderstanding between groups of people. However by experiencing, seeing, and sharing the truth that we all laugh, cry, eat, worry, and die the same, we can introduce people to the reality that if we try and view the world from other people’s perspectives, we can stop being enemies, stop being disconnected, and maybe even become friends.
The United States is an absolutely amazing country, I deeply and truly mean that. From the times when we are kids in elementary school we hear tales of the mystical melting pot of different people, of liberty and freedom, of rebellion and pride. When we grow up however we are often faced with political deadlock, hate, and a lot of actions and ideas that are the opposite of what this country really is. I am going to be part of the generation who finally change that.
Americans often have a very specific and opinionated worldview. They see themselves as the purest example of a free country and they often look at other countries with confusion, contempt, or even fear. Just because they are different. As a person, it is a beautiful and infinitely useful trait to be able to open yourself up to new ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Doing so can change the foundation of people and how they go about their entire lives. The same can be said for a country.
I, with my American upbringing in hand, am going to adventure across the world. I am going to get out there, explore, learn, understand, make friends, ask, answer, and everything else that comes with a personal journey. Then, I’m going to take everything that I’ve learned, take all of the new ways of thinking, all of the new perspectives, and take all of the friends from various cultures around the world and bring them back here, bring them back home. I am going to tell people of my adventures, share with them a concrete example of how amazing the world actually is, and how amazing the people in it are. I will inspire people in my personal, political, and professional lives to challenge their previous notions, to become more accepting, more loving, of everyone. At the end of my journeys I will have all of the evidence in the world (quite literally) to do just that.
I am going to be at the forefront of ushering in a new chapter in the future of the United States, a chapter filled with love, compassion, and humanity, not hate, fear, and contempt that often exists so much in the world today. I will promote the idea that we are all different, and that is okay. This is beautiful. That is what a free country, a democracy, and a world should look like.
Now this will not be easy, Americans have a very specific worldview and that can definitely be a hindrance, both to me as an American to and the people I will try to enlighten. But if there is any country, any group of people that can come together and revolutionize humanity and understanding, it is us, the mystical melting pot. But, it cannot be just us, it is everyone. We are all people, we are all connected, and all of us are not that different. It is time we started acting like it, from the halls of our schools, to the halls of our government, to the pages of our social media sites.
It will be difficult, it will be challenging, I sometimes have trouble putting myself into new situations when I’m not challenging my entire worldview. But there is a lot we can learn from other people and other cultures. From social policies to hospitality, to the basic realization that there is not much that separates us all as humans. Being a citizen of this great country and this great world endows on us a duty. A duty to challenge our opinions and our convictions, no matter how uncomfortable it is. A duty to transform our country into a country bound by love and understanding, a revolution of love, of sorts. Many people are afraid, or just confused, at difference. I will go and show them that it is not scary, and I will inspire others to do the same, for a world, and a country, that is filled with hate and division is an experience that benefits none. We do not all have to agree, we do not all have to be the same, but we all do need to share a basic understanding that we are all share this existence. Together. I am going to show us that, and I suspect that everyone else will come to join me as well.