I find that traveling to different places and engaging with different communities is the best way to expose myself to diverse stories and reach beyond my comfort zone. It is important to travel in order to keep learning about the world around me so that I can be open to unique storytelling opportunities.
For spring break in March 2019, I participated in the Globalization and the Media short term abroad trip to Paris through the George Washington University. I had the opportunity to listen to journalists based in Paris as well as visit multiple sites including Le Monde headquarters. I was also able to visit Reporters Without Borders myself through my participation in my university’s chapter. The entire trip was an incredible experience where I not only learned about another culture but about how journalism is conducted in another part of the world.
New Orleans, Louisiana
In March 2018, I participated in a volunteer trip with GW Alternative Breaks, which is an organization that sends college students all over the country and abroad to engage in community service. I went on the trip to New Orleans during spring break and worked with Habitat for Humanity in the Lower Ninth Ward where communities are still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I loved meeting the people of NOLA and getting my hands dirty working on the house. I learned a lot about what meaningful service should look like and how to contribute to a community while also maintaining respect and humility.