My grandmother had a wall map where she placed a thumbtack on every location she visited around the globe. I remember as a child falling asleep looking at that map imagining my snow-haired grandma trekking though the Holy Land, hiking up a mountain in Chile and getting henna tattoos in Morocco. Grandma used to say she'd rather eat beans and rice for a month than miss a trip. I thought international travel was only something you did when you were retired, or if you were wealthy. That is, until I became a freshman in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Then I learned there were scholarships to help pay for international experiences. I earned my first thumbtack abroad as a freshman in the college. Thanks to that first international experience I gained a bit of "cross-cultural ease" Shelly Taylor talks of instilling in students. I've placed many more thumbtacks since, and my worldview is better for it.
Melea Reicks Licht
STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/stories/vol4/iss2/1