Georgia’s a very interesting, small country, you know when you ask someone, “Where are you’re going for study abroad?” And you say, “Georgia,” and they say, “Oh you’re going– Why are you going to Georgia? To Atlanta to study abroad?” They don’t even know where the country is. Well I’m taking a class on ISCOR, International Security Conflict Resolution, in Georgia and it’s about Russian relations and Georgia’s role in the international community, so it’s going to be very helpful towards what I’m studying currently. The best thing to do when you go to travel abroad or study abroad is always know the culture first. To know the people and to get around and be safe, you need to know the culture. Every person that I encountered really extremely nice, but more so there’s the great sense of community, I would say in the country, so everybody tends to look out for each other. The best part of the program was seeing the ancient– the ancient sites and cultural and historical buildings, and seeing the post-soviet era buildings and and still the markings of the Soviet Union that was pretty interesting. We went whitewater rafting, we trekked up a mountain, we just did a whole bunch of group bonding things that really made me feel close to my peers, it made me feel like I was a part of a community. We went to go visit to the Stalin Museum, and it was very surreal to see all the pictures of Stalin on the wall, and know that like, this is where he was born, this is where he’s from, and the things that have come out of that. You can’t really know what’s going on in the world without doing some interacting with it, outside of a classroom here at San Diego State. I come back– I come back and it’s just such a different life, and it’s like– kinda makes you re-evaluate yourself and who you are. There’s three credits for the class and it fulfilled the study abroad requirement, and then the material and like the homework that we were required to do within the two weeks, actually fit really well with what we were doing in the classroom. If you have the chance to go, definitely go, the Faculty-Led Study Abroad program is absolutely fantastic and all bases are covered in enriching your own cultural experiences. The anticipation was a little nerve-racking, but once you step on the plane, you realize that you can do it. Live in another culture, even if it’s for a short time, two weeks or maybe a little less. I think it’s helpful for anyone to go do that and to really expand their horizons.