“But I figured, if I want to do something in global health, then experiencing another country and culture should be part of my study,” she explains.
After browsing her study abroad options, Amanda ultimately settled on Fiji for three reasons. First, it was the shortest program, an important consideration when the trip means time away from your toddler. Second, it was the cheapest, which is equally essential when you’re a single parent. And third, it aligned best with her academic and personal interests in culture, the environment and public health works. With her decision made, Amanda thought the hardest part of the experience would be feeling alienated as one of the oldest students there.
“To my surprise, I was right in the middle of the group,” she says. “It made it so easy to connect, and many of the students were online, as well, so we also shared that in common.”
What followed was what Amanda describes as an action-packed eight days.