When I pulled up to the drop-off point of RC4 in Summer 2013, ready to start my time as a student in the Yale-NUS Class of 17’, I could never have imagined how the next few years would change me. I came to Yale-NUS as a prospective Life Science major, thinking that I wanted to study ecology, and soon found myself in a lab working with flies. By the time I got into Modern Social Thought (MST), however, I was just scraping by in my science courses, becoming disenchanted by fly wings, and yet absolutely loving social theory and kaya toast meals with the anthropology faculty. But I think it was truly a CIPE-sponsored Travel Fellowship that sealed the deal. I declared myself an anthropology major not long after.
CIPE programming, including study abroad, the Travel Fellowship, and more, has personally imparted me with some of my most cherished life lessons. My semester abroad in Yunnan, China, through the School for International Training (SIT), was one of the most impactful experiences of my college career (it became my Capstone!). Nothing could be more fulfilling than to help guide others toward these same experiences.
Like so many at Yale-NUS, I grapple with questions of place and identity. Originally from small-town Ohio, I have been living, studying, and working abroad since age 11 – in Shanghai, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Singapore. I now join CIPE after a year of postgraduate studies in anthropology at the University of Hong Kong, where I also served as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate tutorials. It is a privilege and joy to return to my alma mater and former home.
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