My name is Sarah. I was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati Area. I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying Anthropology and Art History. I plan on obtaining my PhD and becoming a professor. My current interests lie in visual representations of historical event.
Some of my earliest memories regarding my education contain the desire to study abroad. It has always been on my list of things to achieve and as a goal I didn’t let the opportunity pass me by.
I was introduced to international travel relatively early in my life. During my sophomore year in high school I was lucky enough to have an excuse to go to Malaysia with my father. This trip was two weeks long and was made because my Uncle Leong got married. During these two weeks I was exposed to my first experience in cultural relativity. Although I didn’t know about the concept of cultural relativity by this term, I knew what it encompasses. (I explain why this concept is so important to me below.) In Malaysia I experienced differences in gender status, dominant religion and environmental adaptations. Despite my lack of formal education on cultural relativity, I knew that in order to engage in productive and mutually beneficial exchanges that my offense at the gender differences had to be set aside, for example. (I include more information and examples about my visit to Malaysia on another page.)
What Malaysia did was whet my appetite for travel. My dad actually told me that he was hoping this trip would do exactly that. My senior year in high school I traveled to Italy/Greece on an EF Tour. To afford this EF Tour, I worked full-time the summer leading into my senior year. As Sophomore/Junior in college I studied for a summer in France. Currently I’m finishing up the paperwork to return to France- for a semester- and then a summer in Madagascar.