Study Abroad Peer Advisor
Hi! My name is Zayne Walterscheid and I am a fourth year Exercise Biology major minoring in human physiology. In 2016, I worked closely with UC Davis to take academic leave and embark on an independent study abroad program called Semester at Sea. With Semester at Sea I boarded the MV World Odyssey, said goodbye to the California coast, and spent winter and spring quarters circumnavigating the globe studying in thirteen countries worldwide. Throughout my travels, perhaps the most influential locations I visited were Myanmar in Southeast Asia, Kerala in southern India, and Marrakech in central Morocco.
While abroad, I partook in country specific field labs associated with my academic courses, but I also had the opportunity to plan and travel independently throughout many of the countries we visited. My studies included both upper division and lower division courses ranging from cultural anthropology to global public health. These courses were rigorous and complimented my studies at UC Davis, but the coolest aspect of being abroad was learning about a different culture and then finding yourself with a group of friends on your own and completely immersed in that culture. It is an incredible feeling to wake up in the morning in a different country and realize how much opportunity lies at your feet.
Following Semester at Sea, I traveled throughout Europe for three additional weeks. Now that I am home, I am excited to be back at UC Davis applying and sharing all that I have learned while traveling around the world. My academics at UC Davis have given me the tools to think analytically and understand the world around me, but studying abroad has shown me the true value of the education we receive. It is a profound experience to enter a new country ready to engage with a group of people you imagine being different from yourself, only to find remarkable similarity. Never could I have imagined how connected we are as human beings and how impactful realizing this truth could be. Studying abroad teaches you how to be a global citizen in a world more connected then ever before.