Never Taking Things for Granted Again

kathryn, Sophomore

What was your foreign study experience?

I went to Zambia spring of my freshman year. Our group visited three different schools and donated school supplies.

Any special memories of the trip?

I will always remember how excited the kids at the school were to see us every day that we visited. These kids have nothing, yet they were still some of the happiest people I’ve ever met. I learned to never take going to school for granted because some of these kids could not afford to go to school. We also had the chance to tour Victoria Falls and go on three different safaris. 

What changed for you after the trip?

 I’ve always been very appreciative of what I have but after I left, I was even more thankful to have a roof over my head. Some of the homes that I saw were made out of sticks and mud and they were not very stable.

Any surprises?

Before I went to Zambia, I knew a little bit about the endangered animals in Africa. But it wasn’t until I actually saw them up close that I began to realize how beautiful these animals are and how heartbreaking it is to me that they are being poached illegally. I am so thankful that I was able to see the animals up close.

Would you return?

I still consider going to Zambia as one of the best trips I have ever been on. Zambia was a once in a lifetime opportunity I will never forget. I hope that one day, I can go back!