Travel As Education: Cageyon de Oro, Harvard, Facebook, Broadway


Hosted by Cedric Chin

This Student's Tea invites four remarkable Tembusians to share their experiences from their unusual summers abroad. We explore how travel changed them, why it matters and how it could affect you. As students, many of us have four months off a year; can travel be a productive way to spend that time?

The speakers:

Medha is a 4th year Economics student with an interest in international development and Darjeeling tea. She believes that travelling is an essential part of her life and grabs every opportunity to do so - whether a three day conference or a three month internship. She spent her summer in the Philippines working for an NGO researching informal savings instruments such as cows.

Adhiraj is a senior studying Computer Science with a research interest in artificial intelligence. He has programmed competitively in several countries including Bulgaria, Thailand and Japan. He spent his last two summers in the U.S. interning at Facebook, and took a semester abroad in Sweden. In his free time he likes to swim and play ping pong.

Salima traversed the US (and Canada) as Part II of her ‘Rockstar World Tour’. Along the way, she did little performing of her own, but had the pleasure of meeting many others who did perform. She has finally properly dipped her feet into the land of the free, endless fast food joints, and kickass license plates. And now she's happy to let them dry.

David is a 2nd year Economics student with a passion for youth development and mentorship. He recently completed a Harvard summer program on economics where he spent considerable time learning about youth culture and investigating the situation of Boston’s homeless people.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.