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August 8, 2019

When I first knew I would be studying abroad in England during my junior year of college, I began making copious lists about the places I wanted to visit. It was a “UK Bucket List” of sorts. A former high school English teacher plied me with magazines, and I read every...

June 22, 2019


In 1986, I was a nervous 7th grade Cadette Girl Scout applying to attend my first Wider Opportunity. I completed my application and found three references. On interview day, I put on my Girl Scout uniform, was driven to the Girl Scout Office, and nervously answered qu...

May 8, 2019

As Lead Volunteer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Global Action Volunteer Team, I wrote a blog about studying abroad. My year at Nottingham University in England and my year at Rhodes University in South Africa changed my life in ways that a...

September 2, 2017

When you travel alone, you give yourself the chance to be quiet, to take it all in.

In June 2006 I returned to South Africa, and as I made my way from Cape Town to friends in Grahamstown, I stopped in Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route. The small bus meandered from the...

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