Study Away: Vermont
BY MO MICHELS
For the UAS Whalesong
“Not good, not bad, just different.” I said these words to myself as I sat on the plastic like mattress in the white painted brick walled room. What had I got myself into?
I applied to the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) in the Fall of 2014 with my heart set on traveling back to a country where I had lived in for 11 months a few years previous. My heart was set on it, really. Yet, a back-up plan is always important. So when my original exchange plan fell through I obtained the help of Marsha Squires, the incredible Study Away/Exchange coordinator at UAS. Instead of an international experience, I studied and traveled to a place within the boundaries of my own country, Johnson, Vermont through with National Student Exchange (NSE) program in the Fall of 2015.
I hoped Vermont would bring me out of the realm of comfort into a part of the United States that had previously not been on my radar – “the east”, and yet still this area might have some similar characteristics to home like mountains and a small town. What I knew of Vermont could be summed up into three bullet points: maple syrup, home to a few friends, and snow in winter.
I learned from my high school exchange the importance of having as few expectations as possible of the place you are visiting. And so it was, that when I flew across the country, I intentionally had very little knowledge of my exchange destination. Continue reading “Study Away: Vermont”