Why Fiji?

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
  • England
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Thailand
  • South Korea

Fiji was number one for several reasons:

  1. 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)
  2. They speak and teach in English so I had access to every course at their university
  3. Both agriculture and biology courses are offered (though I later found out agriculture classes were not offered at the campus I would be attending)
  4. It’s almost as different from Missouri as possible, from the middle of the country to the middle of the ocean.
  5. It is a unique and adventurous location, I like to be different and to do new things
  6. I knew it was a place I was unlikely to be able to travel to again, take it while you can
  7. It’s BEAUTIFUL! And I’ve always loved the beach
  8. 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.
  9. More importantly, since the common language was English I would be able to shadow a local veterinarian without a huge communication barrier
  10. 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!

One Response to Why Fiji?

  1. Nikhil says:

    Great. You’re welcome! Nice to see good pics from my own place. Nik.

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