I just got back from Paradise! For Mid semester break we went as an IES group to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. It was truly the most beautiful place I have ever been. We did so many things, including biking around the whole island (32 km!), hiking to one of the massive mountain summits and snorkeling in the ocean. I can’t begin to tell all the stories so I will share one. I went to a school on the island and got to learn some of the language and talk to the kids. We got to have lunch and go to recess where they all enjoyed chasing, tackling, and dog piling on me. It was quite good fun. When I became light headed I sat down and one of the 10 year olds, Ethan, gave me some water and talked to me. They used rubber bands as sort of guns to shoot each other and I asked him if that was a popular thing. He said they played cowboys and war on the bus and shot at each other, but he had yet to shoot anyone because he refused to on the bus. I asked why and he looked at me puzzled and said “well, because they’re innocent.” One of the cutest things I had heard in a long while. They really were great kids. It’s a shame I can’t share more, but a week in Paradise is quite indescribable. I am keen to go back at some point. But until then…
Ka Kite Ono!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Clayton Kovich and I am a Junior at Purdue University in Indiana. I am studying Psychology with a focus on criminal behavior, hoping to aid in the growing industry of rehabilitation. I am from Michigan originally, but having moved many times growing up I have developed a fondness for travel, leading me to this adventure to New Zealand. I love poetry and music, and I look forward to the inspiration and insight this experience will provide me, and hope to use my talents to bring a piece of that experience home for others to enjoy as well.</span></p>