It is that time of the year again when college seniors are days away from graduating and beginning the next phase of their life in a real job, at the start of a long and productive career. But before some of these seniors take this very big step, a select few choose to take a well-deserved vacation in celebration for all their hard work over the past several years.
The Auburn University (AU) Grad trip is a European tour organized by War Eagle Travelers and the travel company, AESU. The trip is offered to recent graduates and the friends and family of Auburn University Alumni. This year 24 soon-to-be-graduates have decided to participate in this program and travel to Europe. The exact itinerary varies each year depending on several factors and this year’s students are traveling to London, Paris, Nice, Rome, Vatican City, Sorrento, Poros and Athens according to Ellie Klimecki, the Student Travel Ambassador for the War Eagle Travelers.
“I have been the Student Travel Ambassador for War Eagle Travelers since September,” Klimecki said. “Since I am the Student Travel Ambassador, it is a part of my job description to go on the trip. Although, truth-be-told, I would have gone on the trip anyway. It’s too great of a trip to miss out on.”
The number of people who participate and the trip length varies according to Klimecki.
“The limit on the amount of travelers who can go is 25 to 30 graduates,” Klimecki said. “There are two time periods options for the AU Grad Trip. There is a 12-day trip and an 18-day trip. The 12-day trip ends after the visit to Rome and the 18-day trip continues on to Sorrento, Poros and Athens. These travelers are going on the 18-day trip.”
Since Klimecki loves to travel and experience different cultures, the decision to be the Student Travel Ambassador for War Eagle Travelers made it that much easier for her.
“I am a big advocate of traveling when young,” Klimecki said. “I think that the best way to learn is to experience, and what better way to experience the world than by traveling it? I love discovering new places, cultures and people so this job was perfect for me – it even gave me a platform to let others know about the importance of traveling. Also, working as the Student Travel Ambassador has been one of the single greatest experiences of my life. It has given me the opportunity to share my love for travel and to inspire others to be adventurous. I hope more people look into this next year because it’s a great trip and a great opportunity.”
Klimecki too will soon graduate from Auburn University this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations.
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“I am so grateful for my time spent at Auburn and for the friends I have made along the way,” Klimecki said. “I can't imagine a better college experience. Also, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the end of this era than by going on the AU Grad Trip.”
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