||SIT Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
||Environmental Science and French
Every day in Madagascar was an adventure and certainly a life-changing
experience. Some especially memorable moments include: learning Malagasy
and singing traditional songs with my host family, swimming in the
mangrove forest after the tide came in during the independent study
period, the numerous hikes through rainforests, mountains, and national
parks, and of course, laying under the southern hemisphere stars.
Benefits of Studying Abroad:
Studying abroad widens the view of the world and provides a glimpse of
how people live under completely different circumstances and resources.
It is an experience that can never be taken away from you, nor can you
be told how and what to take from it. Feeling more globally rooted and
connected to another society is an indescribable emotion.
It truly is a gift to be able to realize how privileged we are and how
many luxuries ("necessities") we often take for granted. After living in
a developing country, I have become significantly more receptive of the
world around me and have developed not only a passion for travel but of
the importance of international study and understanding. Meeting people
of different backgrounds, situations, and life experiences is humbly
rewarding and contributes to both personal and societal development.
Advice & Tips:
Without hesitation, I would encourage anyone to take advantage of the
opportunity. Seeing other cultures and how people live their lives on a
daily basis is something that resonates long after returning home and is
an experience that should never be (and rarely is) regretted. Immersion
in another country is a lucky advantage that we have in allowing us to
grasp a culture and develop as both an individual and member of society.