Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.
Hi, my name is Brian Mojica and I am a member of the GW men's water polo team. During the 2012 fall semester, I applied for a Dean's Scholars class called Human Resources and the Global Organization. I was fortunate enough to get accepted to the class, and I was given a great opportunity to study during the spring semester and travel in the summer to the various counties we studied. We will be visiting Singapore, China and Vietnam.
As a student-athlete, the school year is dedicated to our sport and classes, which means we are not able to study abroad. I was disappointed to learn this because I really wanted to take advantage of the extensive travel abroad programs GW has to offer. However, I soon realized there were other opportunities for student-athletes to study abroad while staying on campus during the academic year. Programs such as alternative breaks and these Dean's Scholars class are only a few. GW is on the rise and is on its way to becoming a top-tier program. These study abroad opportunities are just a part of what GW has to offer, and it is up to us to take advantage of these opportunities and gain the world-class education GW offers.
Now a little bit about myself and what I hope to experience during my travels. For the most part I was born and raised in sunny California. I say for the most part because when I was little boy, maybe one or two years old, my family moved to the Philippines for two years. However, I don't remember much of it, and the last time I went to Asia was the summer of 2003 when my family went on a vacation to the Philippines.
I like to describe myself as a very adventurous person. I come from a very close-knit family; I have about 30 cousins and we all live in a 10-mile radius from each other. To this day, my family meets up every weekend for dinner at my grandma's house. When I was younger, it was tough for me to even think about ever leaving my family. In fact, in fifth grade we were scheduled to go on a camping trip, and the night before I left, I shed a few tears. I couldn't help it - I love my family and I couldn't imagine a whole week without them.
So how did I end up 3,000 miles away from them, only seeing them maybe twice a year? As I grew up my parents started to trust me more and I became more independent. I began running and exploring different places near my house. I loved finding cool little spots and trying new foods. I realized that although I love my family, I wanted to experience other things the world has to offer. So when it was time to choose where to go to college, I picked a school on the opposite coast. I was the first one in my family to leave California, and I had some doubters who said I wouldn't last and I would come back after a year, but I am proving them wrong. I love being on my own and learning how tough it is to take care of myself. I have learned a lot of valuable life lessons like how to do laundry (I know, it's embarrassing to admit I learned in college), and how to budget my money.
So when the opportunity arose in the fall take a class that would put me in a very unfamiliar situation, I pounced on it. The class focuses on human resources, so I hope to learn more about the Asian culture and how their way of life affects the recruitment processes. I want to experience the different foods these countries have to offer and the different ways they exercise. I realize I am going to a culture that is completely different from the one in which I grew up, but I am ready and excited to fully immerse myself in their culture and hopefully learn a little bit more about them, and myself. I'll be posting more when my trip starts, and I hope you keep following me. Hopefully my travels will encourage you to take a chance and experience something new.
Take care and RAISE HIGH!