The MV Explorer, my home for four months.

I study abroad on Semester at Sea (SAS). It´s my first time outside the United States and I realize I absolutely love traveling abroad, experiencing other cultures and ways of life.

When I return to Chapman University to resume classes, I add political science as a second major to accompany my first in film production.

Summer 2013
I travel to Uganda to film a documentary. Soon after I spend two months backpacking through Europe with three SAS friends, including Marissa (now a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Senegal).

Finally I graduate from college. I go back and forth about applying to serve in the Peace Corps. Marissa has already left to Senegal, another friend Steven is in South Africa…. What am I supposed to do with my life?

Peace Corps sounds like a good option, but two whole years away from the comforts of America??

Summer 2015
I return to Uganda to film another documentary on the youth experience there. On the side I volunteer with a youth education nonprofit. This is when I realize how important youth development and international development are to me. Seven weeks in Uganda convince me to apply for the Peace Corps.

13 November 2015
I apply.

18 November 2015
Only five days later the Peace Corps places me under consideration for Morocco, departing September 2016.

3 December 2015
I am contacted for an interview.

17 December 2015
I interview with a placement specialist (who served in Kenya). The interview goes okay, but I am not too optimistic at some of my responses to her questions. And so I wait.

14 January 2016
I am invited to serve in Morocco! My initial excitement is quickly met with nerves and thoughts of I don’t know if I want to do this. Luckily, I have one full week to make a decision.

16 January 2016
But only two days pass until I accept the invitation. Chats with parents and a few close friends have convinced me that this is what I need to do. I start completing the mountains of required paperwork.

14 March 2016
I schedule all of my medical tasks, including an eye exam, physical exam, blood work, and dental exam and x-rays.

4 April 2016 – 8 April 2016
I finish all the required medical tasks and submit them for Peace Corps medical staff review.

18 April 2016

18 August 2016
Conference call with my staj and PC Morocco staff. I book my flight from Portland to Philadelphia for 9/18 to attend staging on 9/19, and I learn that our group flight to Morocco will fly from New York on 9/20.

19 September 2016

20 September 2016
I fly to Morocco with 108 other trainees.