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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.



My name is Mara, I just graduated from school in San Francisco, and I live with my parents, two cats, and many plants. I love orchids and carnivorous plants in particular. I also love animals and just nature in general, which is one of the reasons I chose the Indonesia program. I’m really excited about experiencing and learning about the amazing biodiversity and ecosystems there.

Besides plants, another one of my main interests is visual arts and design. I plan on going to art school after my gap year. Some of my more minor hobbies include mountain biking and drumming, and I love playing ping pong. My favorite author is Ray Bradbury, and I’d say my favorite movie is Interstellar or Arrival. I like all types of music, but R&B tends to be my favorite. (In the picture I am with my aunt and uncle.)

I’m very excited and grateful to be introduced to a part of the world that I haven’t experienced yet alongside you guys. I really look forward to getting to know you all.

See you guys soon

Mara 🙂