Being a 2017 recipient of the SILLC Global Award is a great honor. This prestigious award has provided many students the capability to explore their academic interests and personal travel dreams in the unique setting of study abroad, and I am more than thrilled to be joining their ranks. This summer, I will be traveling with Arizona in Bhutan: Spiritual Ecology and Himalayan Buddhism to the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom of Bhutan. This study abroad program is an incredibly rare opportunity, and one I would not have experienced within my lifetime without the University of Arizona study abroad programs and the financial assistance provided by the generous donors of the SILLC Global Award. Please accept my most sincere appreciation and gratitude for affording me this opportunity. It is my great desire to one day become a full member of the global community, and taking part in this trip marks the first step towards achieving that goal. The opportunity to learn outside of the classroom setting, fully immersed within a culture and environment unfamiliar to our own, is how I believe we grow as both scholars and individuals. Being a recipient of this travel award means that these life-altering opportunities are accessible and worth pursuing.
Chelsea Elizabeth Forer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chelsea Elizabeth Forer is majoring in Religious Studies and Biological Anthropology at the University of Arizona.