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VA Tech Student from Ashburn Studied in Nepal

Julia Gillespie was among a group of Hokies who traveled through the Himalayas.

Students and faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, including a student from Ashburn, took advantage of a recent break to take a trip to Nepal.

The group traveled through the Himalaya Mountains to study environmental and agricultural issues, including erosion and the role of gender in agriculture.
They met with farmers, attended lectures with Nepalese professors, trekked through the Himalayas, and even rode elephants. They stayed with local families to get a feel for the culture.

“You learn a lot in a classroom about the way the world works,” said Julia Gillespie of Ashburn, a junior majoring in environmental science. “But there’s nothing quite like getting out into the world and experiencing it firsthand.”

Watch Virginia Tech’s video about visiting Nepal: https://vimeo.com/62256672

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