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Student Spotlight: Kaylynn Kiker

Kaylynn Kiker

Name: Kaylynn Kiker; Location: Thailand; Program: Leadership Development and Agricultural Experiences in Thailand; Timeframe: July 21-Aug. 12, 2018;Major: Animal Science; Classification: Senior; Hometown: Allison, Texas

  • My Experience: This was such great exposure to a culture so different than my own! With it being a faculty-led trip within CASNR, our group was small and we were able to really become close with one another which was a huge benefit.
  • Why Go: Thailand is called “The Land of Smiles” and all of the Thai locals that we came in contact with proved this to be true. We traveled to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket. Each place had its own unique atmosphere. To be able to see as much as we were able to see in just a month was a phenomenal experience.
  • Any Advice: When deciding where you want to study abroad, step outside of your comfort zone. I was tempted to go to a place more like our culture here in the U.S., but I am so thankful I took a leap of faith and traveled to Thailand. I gained so much love and respect for a place that I once knew very little about.
  • Favorite Part: Going to the Baan Chang Elephant Park. Feeding, washing, loving-on, and riding a Thai elephant is something I will never forget.
  • Looking Ahead: Going forward I will have a greater understanding of the vast, beautiful, and unique world we live in. Having taken my first big trip abroad through TTU CASNR, I now have the confidence and eagerness to go on more trips abroad in the future.

CONTACT: Cindy Akers, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or cindy.akers@ttu.edu

0216NM18 / Editor's Note: For detailed information on CASNR Study Abroad programs and how to apply, click here.