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Why did you decide to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad for the first time when I was seventeen because I had received a scholarship from the National Society of High School Scholars to go on the Young Leaders Winter Program in Melbourne, Australia. Since I was from a small southern town, I had never traveled very far, much less to another country. This was an exciting opportunity for me to travel to experience a culture and gain a global perspective I had never had the chance to experience before.

Tell us about the program you went on

The Young Leaders program at the University of Melbourne is an exciting program for high school aged students. This international leaders program allows you to interact with students from all over the globe in one of several different tracks, ranging from Fine Arts to Social Justice. 

How did you pay for your study abroad experience?

I received a scholarship from the National Society of High School Scholars to go on this program after I created a short video about my hometown.

What is one thing you wish you would have known about studying abroad before you left?

I wish someone would have told me over and over to keep a journal. Looking back, it is so hard to remember all of the exciting and crazy things I did. I wish I had kept a journal so I could look back and remember all of them.

Did you experience any discrimination abroad because of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or a physical disability? If so, what did you learn from the experience?

I did not receive any discrimination at all, besides the jokes directed towards Americans, but I had the sense of humor to laugh along with them.

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