People always ask me, why Fiji? Of all the places in the world to study why pick Fiji? It’s certainly not a common study abroad location. To be truthful I only really half picked it. Studying abroad through the ISEP exchange program I listed my top 10 places in the world I wanted to study at, sent my application off, and then was placed as they saw fit. Of course, I was lucky enough to get my first choice that was Fiji. My entire list included
- University of the South- Fiji
- South Korea
Fiji was number one for several reasons:
- They didn’t require any amount of foreign language education to apply (to go to Spain/France, etc. you have to have 4 semesters of college language)
- They speak and teach in English so I had access to every course at their university
- Both agriculture and biology courses are offered (though I later found out agriculture classes were not offered at the campus I would be attending)
- It’s almost as different from Missouri as possible, from the middle of the country to the middle of the ocean.
- It is a unique and adventurous location, I like to be different and to do new things
- I knew it was a place I was unlikely to be able to travel to again, take it while you can
- It’s BEAUTIFUL! And I’ve always loved the beach
- Because they spoke English I knew I would be a bit more comfortable than traveling to other countries, though I did like the idea of the challenge.
- More importantly, since the common language was English I would be able to shadow a local veterinarian without a huge communication barrier
- There is a veterinary clinic in the city I’ll live in that encourages international volunteers
Most people when they hear about me spending 5 months in Fiji are excited about it! Well, let me assure you I am too!