Ashley Sosa, January 6th, 2017
My name is Ashley Sosa and I am a sophomore Management major in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. I fell in love with the idea of studying abroad from the moment I heard about it at my New Student Conference but I never felt it was a possibility because I was from a low income household and couldn’t afford to travel. Once I became more educated about the trips, I learned that traveling the globe isn’t an impossible feat thanks to the help of Scholarships and Grants. I was fortunate enough to receive both and be able to travel to Chile last summer and to India this winter.
I had never been exposed to other cultures and I would consider myself to be sheltered in the way that, despite growing up in a diverse community, I had never really experienced the cultural aspects of my community in regards to traditions of other faiths or visiting places outside of my comfort zone. When I heard about the India trip, I was intrigued because I hadn’t ever considered visiting this country. I had always admired their culture through the little access I had to it through documentaries and other media but it is a completely different story actually getting to experience everything first-hand. I am very thankful that I decided to come on this trip and have the opportunity to experience all of these things.