I always knew that I wanted to study abroad while in college. These four years are the best time to travel and experience new places and people. For most people, it's the last time to have summer vacation, and it is much harder to get away once you have a career and other responsibilities. I chose to study abroad in Fiji, and it was one of the highlights of my Auburn experience.
The Auburn Abroad program in Fiji is part of the College of Human Sciences, but students from all majors are allowed to participate. The trip lasts just under a month and happens May through June. This makes it a great option for all majors because it allows you to stay on track for graduation!
The trip allows you to learn about sustainable development in the third world while experiencing Fijian culture and traditions. Students live on the remote island of Vorovoro and stay in traditional Fijian bures without running water or electricity. The island is surrounded by coral reef, so there are plenty of opportunities for night fishing, snorkeling and swimming.
For me, the best part of the trip was developing friendships with the local Fijians and experiencing their culture. We had opportunities to visit a local school, drink kava with the chief and participate in their daily life.
In the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Check out the study abroad website for more information.