The title of this page may be “World Experience”, but it wasn’t until the end of 2016 that I actually managed to travel outside the USA. Up until then, I was just a small-town girl, working her way through college as a full-time student and a part-time worker. Then during the summer, I worked full-time with whatever job I could get at home. This was all to build up money for my financial cushion while I studied abroad in the UK.
My time in the UK was an amazingly eye-opening experience. I found myself in a city that was first founded on the banks of the Thames in AD 43. Such a location is steeped in tradition and stories about specific properties and locations. Coming from a small town in the Midwest, I found myself enwrapped in new cultures. This experience led me to develop an idea for a perfect world. My ideal world would be one in which we revel in our differences, valuing them as not better or worse, but treating them as variations within the human race that point towards diversity.
Such a belief has contributed heavily towards my entire approach to mental health and other aspects. You can read more about my approach towards mental health in my blog.