China: When One Trip Changes Everything

It was 20 years ago this past winter that I got an unshakable idea in my head. It was initiated by a flyer posted in my university department building about a semester abroad in China. All things Asian, specifically China, fascinated me. My head and heart were deep in Eastern philosophy and religion and I[…]

What Study Abroad Taught Me: Overcoming Barriers and Accidental Friendship

Erin Beard took her study abroad trip as a junior in high school, to Germany. It changed her life forever. This is her story: The plane’s descent into Dresden made my ears “pop” in that way that makes you wish you had not yawned at 20,000 feet. The leap over the Atlantic started out from[…]