Where are you moving after you graduate? What kind of job are you trying to pursue? Are you sure you’re going to be able to make a living in that field?
Seniors in college preparing for spring graduation hear all the same questions. Generally the last few months of school include wrapping up classes, applying for jobs and picking a new destination to call home.
For Katy Wade, senior zoology major, things are going in a different direction.
Wade is going to be a participant The World Race, an 11-month journey to 11 countries spanning four continents. Her last few months of college will include fundraising, buying supplies and preparing to live in a tent and out of a backpack for almost a year.
“I don’t know what I am going to do when I graduate, so why not?” Wade said.
She found out about her acceptance a month ago, and took the full-allotted two weeks to make her decision to accept.
The mission of the trip goes beyond just traveling the world; it is traveling with a purpose.
The World Race’s website states, “we’re calling you out of your comfort zone and giving you exposure to what God is doing in the world before you commit to the American dream. Because it’s not about you, it’s about the Kingdom.”
Wade’s trip will stop in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
“Specifically, I am really excited to go to India and Nepal,” Wade said.
But leaving for almost a yearlong trip around the world doesn’t come without its difficulties.
“I am an only child, so leaving my parents for a year is going to be really hard,” Wade said, “especially around the holidays. I think it is finally starting to sink in how long [the trip] really is.”
After she returns home, Wade hopes to get a job in her field. She is hoping for connections to be made throughout her trip that will open doors for work in other countries.
To read more about her trip and find out about future fundraisers, read her blog here.