I graduated from UVM in 2010 after having majored in History and Asian Studies. While I had always intended to study European history, I was surprised how fascinated I was with Asian culture, China specifically, after starting to learn Chinese my first year. From that point onward, I continued to take more Asian Studies based courses, and, upon taking a Indian Painting for an Art History credit, I found a cultural love that would lead me onward for all my future studies.
My senior year, I applied for and was accepted to the MA program in Cultural Heritage and International Development at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. I was thrilled and anxiously prepared everything necessary. Upon my arrival in the UK, where I had previously studied abroad albeit in Northern England at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, I was happy to note that my UVM education had prepared me excellently for my MA program, so much so that I had no trouble whatsoever. My newfound love of India continued throughout this MA with my focus emphasizing on economic development, tourism, and tourism marketing in India. Furthermore, I managed to undertake a brief internship in the Heritage Tourism division of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in New Delhi, India. This experience is one of my proudest accomplishments to date.
After completing my degree in mid-September, I discovered a call for a PhD in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, which is located in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. I applied hopeful, yet expecting the worst. I am very happy to report that the worst did not happen, and, in fact, I have received much more than I expected. I am going to begin my PhD in mid-February without tuition, free lodging, and a generous annual scholarship. I cannot wait to commence my research through which I hope to become a veritable globetrotter. After my PhD, I hope to find employment with either UNESCO or the World Tourism Organization, though I would be happy in any international level cultural organization.
I am very grateful to UVM for the level of education that I received, and especially to Asian Studies which showed me a path that I had never thought to take.