My name is Ian Mann and I am from Houston, Texas. I just graduated from Emery high school and will be attending Trinity University following my gap year. Some of my hobbies include playing the guitar, playing soccer, reading, videogames, and watching movies. My favorite band of all time is probably Led Zeppelin and recently I have been listening to a lot of jazz. I was the captain of my soccer team in middle school and high school. Harry Potter is my favorite book series. I like a lot of Nintendo video games and my favorite movie is Interstellar. I have traveled a lot over the years and have visited Switzerland, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, Poland, Israel, Colombia, and England.
One thing that I am really looking forward to experiencing on this trip is the difference in culture. It will be exciting to live in a new place with its own beliefs and customs that differ greatly from where I live.
This course is not an escape for me, but rather a chance to journey the world without severing any ties. At this point in my life it feels as if I do not have anything holding me back or grounding me to my home. Thus I can travel the world without reservation or breaking away from things back in Texas. I also see this trip as a time to mature as a global citizen and gain a greater appreciation for my life and all that I have.
It is hard for me to find a moment from my childhood that defines me as a person but I’ll give it a shot. When I was around seven years old, I was out at our family’s ranch cruising around on a golf cart and I hit a tree. I was alright and the cart was more or less fine but the tree was damaged. Now, this was no regular old tree, this was a 70 year old special some kind of tree plant thing that my grandfather got as a present when he was seven years old. Anyway, I made up this whole story explaining how it wasn’t my fault and that the cart acted on its own accord. Of course no one believed me and I got in a ton of trouble. This accident taught me the value of honesty, because afterwards my dad explained that I had I been honest my punishment would have been much less severe. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this moment defines me, but it is something from my childhood that taught me a valuable lesson.
I’m getting really excited for our trip and I can’t wait to meet all of y’all!