Hi, my name is Anna McKane. I am 16 years old and have lived in Corning, New York for my entire life. I have three siblings, a younger sister (Angie), a younger brother (John), and a twin sister (Katherine). Before you ask, no we do not look anything alike. I also have a dog, Luka, who will be very hard to leave behind. He is the sweetest and most loving dog (although he is sometimes almost too in need of a belly rub). We adopted him from a shelter in Philadelphia, PA, when I went there for a vacation about three years ago. Animals are one of my biggest passions and I hope to complete my capstone project based on, to some degree, the animals in India. (I will likely talk more about this on my blog as I come up with a definite project idea). Although I have lived in Corning my whole life, I am not a stranger to travel. I have went to Ukraine various times in my life to visit my grandparents usually 2 to 4 weeks at a time. I have also went to England and France with the People to People program in the summer before I went to 6th grade. Of course, living in upstate New York, I have also visited Canada. Finally, I have vacationed in Cancun, Mexico for a week the summer before last. I have been very fortunate to be able
to travel and visit these places. For most, if not all of my school career, I have always strived to do my best and achieve the highest honors possible. As of now, I have been able to achieve my goals academically. I hope that I will be successful in applying this philosophy when I go abroad as it has made me the person I am right now. I never imagined myself applying for, let alone getting into, a study abroad program especially before I went to college. However, I was in the right place at the right time and decided to apply. The worst that could come from applying would be to not get in. Even then, I would have had the experience of such a rigorous application to help me later in life. Clearly, I did make the cut and am now able to say that if all goes well in upcoming few months, I will be on my way to India on June 26, 2017. I am very excited and anxious to go and I cannot wait to meet my host family! I do not know exactly where I will be going in India right now other than in the Delhi region but I will be happy wherever I am placed. This upcoming year will be one of the most challenging yet rewarding times of my life and I hope to share it with you and for my future reference because I am sure that despite remembering the experience for the rest of my life, some of the details will fade as I continue in my life.
Although I am not 100% sure on what I want to do with my life (what sophomore is?), I am headed in the direction of the medical field, more specifically into surgery. If not the human medical field, I would also enjoy veterinary medicine. Going to India will help me become a more global citizen. It will help me see what the world around me views as normal or abnormal and will make me a better doctor/surgeon/veterinarian. I will be better able to relate to patients that come from many parts of the country if not the world and be a better person and doctor for that. Follow along in my blog where I will try and write more about how my experience in India is helping my future.
Study abroad is the single most effective way of changing the way we view the world. -IES Abroad