What is the purpose of traveling, and why is it so important for people to do? To quote St. Augustine, "The world is a book, and those do not travel read only one page." I just came from a college that has an amazing international education program, but I failed to take advantage of it. Hearing about all the amazing experiences my friends had traveling, I knew that I had to explore the rest of the world. My only international experience was back in the summer of 2012, when I went on my Birthright trip to Israel. That experience had a huge effect on my decision to teach in Israel this next year, but I want to take a step back to when I was in high school.
The talk about traveling all started in my 9th grade global history class. My teacher - now mentor - Dr. Goldberg would continually talk about an experience he once had in college called Semester at Sea. This program allows for college students to live on a cruise ship for a semester, while traveling around the world to over 10 countries. Having this seed planted in the back of my mind from the beginning of high school, I knew I had to live abroad for a long period of time. I wanted to take advantage of the great abroad program at Molloy, but that did not fit into my schedule. Now for the next 10 months, I will fulfill the goal of living abroad by teaching in Israel.