December 10, 2012
It’s a dream many contemplate: a road trip with friends, backpacking across the country or going abroad for a full immersion experience. This dream will become a reality for Drury student Amanda Campise when she graduates this Saturday, December 15, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Global Studies. Campise will hit the road – by herself – for almost two months following graduation.
The trip starts in Australia; a brave adventurer, Campise will be staying in hostels and backpacking from place to place. She says she, “hopes to meet a lot of people and make great friends” while exploring the culture of Australia. During her stay, Campise will visit Sydney; explore the Great Barrier Reef, known as the world’s largest coral reef system, and venture to Melbourne. “It’s been a dream of mine to go to Australia, I have always been fascinated with the country,” Campise said. “I love to travel, making this portion of the trip perfect.”
After a month in Australia, Campise will fly to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She will arrive just as festivities for the famed Rio Carnival are picking up. Rio Carnival is a wild, four-day celebration in virtually every corner of Brazil, and it is considered the biggest carnival in the world. It is an event where people are entertained by song and dance with the experience leading to a full appreciation of the Brazilian culture.
A trip like this comes with a price-tag and Campise has diligently worked two jobs during her final semester, saving as much as she can. In addition, she originally planned to be at Drury for eight semesters, but she is graduating in just seven.
Campise plans on documenting her trip, either on a blog or video blog, so friends and family can keep up with her adventures. Thoughts of the “real-world” and job applications have not escaped Campise during this trip-planning process. “I have put a lot of consideration into working in Australia,” she explained. “I have applied for three jobs there and I am hoping to have an interview set up while I am visiting.” She’s also exploring a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, but that will wait until she gets back.
Campise credits Drury’s unique Global Studies minor for sparking her desire to explore other cultures. “I was challenged to open myself up to new opportunities,” she said. “The support system that grew from the Psychology department and my relationships at Drury kept me there and now I can take them with me.”
Story by Amber Perdue, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury.