The amazing part was the essay that I wrote for the application was about my grandfather and how his life pursuing travel and education has inspired me to do the same. It was only right that I was with him when I found out I was going.
Now, a little over a month away from my trip, I am full of nervous excitement. I will be graduating in December with my bachelor's after six and a half years of bouncing around trying to find my way through schools and majors. Three years ago I spent a semester in Costa Rica studying spanish and marine biology. There, I found my passion in science. I came home, and started my Rutgers career as an ecology and natural resource major. The program in Kenya offers so many experiences that I have been craving. Aside from the goal of getting out of the country for travel at least once a year, I have wanted to go to Africa since I was little. For me, pushing myself out of comfort zone has produced the most rewarding and amazing life experiences. Kenya is so different from anything I have ever seen or known, and therefore allows me the perfect opportunity to put myself in a situation where I can fully be exposed to something completely unfamiliar. Not only that, but I will be traveling there to study primate ecology and biology, which speaks for itself as one of the coolest experiences I could ever want.
We will be traveling to different places, mainly camping, in a range over in what I'm told are not always the most ideal driving conditions. Starting with the capitol of Kenya, Nairobi, than heading to a rhino sanctuary, a baboon site, Mount Kenya, the Tana River, and end at the coast. In the short month that I'll be there, I will be traveling and seeing a good portion of the country and hopefully a good amount of wildlife.
I must admit, I am never the most prepared traveler. I have gone to the wrong airport, forgotten passports, and had to run to my gate as they were about to close them to get on the plane. I finally bought my plane ticket a week ago, and that's probably all I'll do for a little while until I get closer to leaving. I love the thrill of not knowing what I'm getting into and what adventure awaits me, and I know Kenya is going to offer up a lot of surprises.