Out of Comfort, Inside of Bhutan

This post is from student blogger Troy Wilkinson from Colorado State University, Journalism and Global Environmental Sustainability Major studying in Thimphu, Bhutan. I’m in Bhutan. With Bhutanese peers who are conversing in Dzongkha, asking how one another are doing and cracking jokes I can’t understand. Chili hides within every meal I eat and rice has become most […]

Mondays

This post is from student blogger Troy Wilkinson from Colorado State University, Journalism and Global Environmental Sustainability Major studying in Thimphu, Bhutan. I wake up in a dark dorm room with the curtains defending me against the harsh morning light. I groggily get out of bed at 7:40 a.m. and don my gho. The gho is the men’s […]

Earth Day: Green Study Abroad Programs

In celebration of Earth Day 2017, we wanted to highlight a few of API’s “green” study abroad programs and initiatives around the world! Australia – The “land down under” offers many options for environmental study – from the lush, tropical areas of the north, to the more temperate areas to the east and south, to […]

More or Less What I Think

This post is from student blogger Troy Wilkinson from Colorado State University, Journalism and Global Environmental Sustainability Major studying in Thimphu, Bhutan. In a week I’ll be day-dreaming at San Francisco International Airport. Well, it’ll be midnight actually, so maybe I’ll just be nodding off and on while I wait to pass through security. Either way, I […]

What it is Like to Be a “Minority” Abroad

I recently took a course on prejudice, micro-aggressions, and white privilege. It truly changed the way I look at the world on a daily basis. When I see people unaware of their privilege it shocks me. Privilege – as my professor taught me – is like an invisible backpack, which has tools or passes to […]

When a Dream Becomes a Reality

As you read this, chase whatever thoughts you have without hesitation or fear. There is a reason why you are inclined to do something different. Take the risk, expect to succeed, and if a failure occurs learn from it. If I did not push myself to be here today, I would not be the same […]

Arrive with Me: Bhutan

Stepping out of the plane, I took a 360° turn to witness a dreamer’s manifestation! Colossal mountains, trees, and homes in the mountainsides filled my eyes! The cold wind made me realize I was not dreaming, and the contrast in weather from the blistering heat in Bangkok to the chill in Bhutan made me question […]

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