The GO Difference
Upon returning to campus, Belkot enrolled in a reflection course designed to blend the academic and cultural aspects of her trip into a single educational experience. It was through this concentrated exploration that Belkot finally understood what her future would entail.
“Call it wanderlust, but GO Gambia enlivened my passions and made me realize that working abroad had to be a part of my life post-graduation,” says Belkot, who has since applied for several international development grants and fellowships, and has been accepted to serve in the Peace Corps’ Health Extension.
As he prepares to graduate, Stamatis says he’s immeasurably grateful for his GO experience. Without it, he says, his time at Susquehanna would not have been nearly as enriching. And for those undergraduates who have yet to participate in GO, he has this final piece of advice:
“Just go for it! Throw yourself into it. I was terrified, but I did it. Eat every single bite of food put in front of you, try new things, take every chance, climb each rock. Just take advantage of your time abroad, no matter where you go. And talk to the people. That is the true wealth of a different culture. It’s not in the artifacts or the monuments. It’s in the people. Don’t miss out on a chance to learn that.”
Nick DiUlio is a contributing writer from Medford, N.J.