Sunday, February 16, 2014

As my departure lurks more closely, I can't stifle my excitement and anxiousness! I fly to Suva, Fiji on February 2nd to begin my orientation at the University of the South Pacific-Fiji.  I choose this university because of my affinity to learn about the island nation culture, specifically in Tuvalu.  Because of the many environmental problems in the country of Tuvalu however; Fiji was the closest island nation I could study at through a Marietta College sponsored program: GlobaLinks Learning Abroad.

I hope to keep in mind during my 5 and half months out of the USA that I have multiple support systems to keep me grounded. My family, boyfriend, friends, and amazing sorority sisters will be my anchors when I am nervous or afraid. I also need to remember to appreciate them during the exciting times, because even from millions of miles away I will continue to try to love and support them in return.

Recently, my little sister in Sigma Kappa, Caitlin Yager passed away in a terrible car accident. Out of anyone I know, she was the best at expressing her appreciation and gratitude towards others.  She was so excited for me to go on this trip to follow my dreams, and although I miss her terribly everyday that passes, I hope to push my boundaries in Fiji in honor of her fearless and beautiful spirit. So here's to you little: may I remember to appreciate those who love me even though I am oceans away & may I adventure through the South Pacific without hesitation.


  1. I have enjoyed reading your emails and I am looking forward to seeing your newest blog posts! Not only do you write intelligently, but more importantly you write with heart. Lucky for me, I am required to read your blog for Lead 203, but I promise I would be stalking it no matter what. :) I am so proud of what you are doing, and I hope you know I am here praying for you and missing you!

    P.S. I want to hear more about the food in Fiji and the students who were in your orientation group.

  2. I hope that all is going well for you Alina! I cannot wait for you to return and share your experience with the EXCEL team and the new scholars. Your pictures have been amazing so far and I would be really curious to hear more about how the locals view their environment and treat the environment there as well.

    Best wishes coming your way!