Greenheart Travel is excited to send a group of amazing high school students to study abroad as part of our 2016 Travel Correspondent Scholarship awards. To help introduce our inspiring writers, we are doing a series of spotlight interviews to help you get to know a little more about who they are, where they will be headed and what inspired them to study abroad.
Read on to meet 16-year-old, Kayla Trowbridge, our Greenheart Travel Correspondent from Zionsville, Indiana who’ll be traveling abroad to study in Ireland!
I really like to read, but I also enjoy cooking, singing, writing and acting.
No, this is my first time out of the U.S.
I started looking into studying abroad because I wanted something different from the traditional high school experience. This seemed like the perfect choice for me.
I’m most excited about being immersed in my host community.
I think that it is important to travel and experience different cultures because doing this can help you connect with people and places that you otherwise would not, and you can build you confidence and become more knowledgeable about the world. Traveling can also allow you to develop new ideas and passions.
I’m nervous about starting school in my host community because school itself can be rather stressful and dealing with that, along with culture shock and homesickness, will most certainly be a challenge.
I have been preparing to study abroad by talking to my host family, researching Ireland’s culture and history, and reading the blogs of previous exchange students.
I don’t know how I will change, however, I am hoping to become more confident, independent and open minded.
Kayla Trowbridge is 16 years old and lives in Zionsville, Indiana. Her goal during her study abroad program is to “create relationships that will continue throughout my life and develop a new understanding of the Irish culture.” Follow Kayla’s adventure in Ireland on her blog post updates throughout her program.