When travel blogger Ily Alvarez stepped onto her first international flight two years ago, she took off on a journey of immersion into other cultures that would bring her to China, Mexico, Thailand and beyond. Her passion for living in and learning about foreign countries, as well as having meaningful interactions with locals and fellow travelers, fit in seamlessly with her decision to pursue an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in sociology and anthropology with ASU Online. She applied to the program in summer 2017, and values the fact that she doesn’t have to put her education on hold to pursue her globetrotting ambitions.
“Life’s too short to not do what you want to do,” Ily says, adding that she enjoys how traveling makes her coursework applicable in real-world situations. Future destinations include trips planned through ASU Online’s study abroad experiences, including a visit to the Dominican Republic, where she will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Follow along with Ily’s travels on her personal blog, Ilyanna Renee.