“I grew up in a small rural tribal village in a valley in a little house on stilts that my dad built. I was surrounded by huts that the villagers lived in. The villagers lived very simply and there was no electricity or running water and they cooked on an open fire. Basically, my whole day was spent having fun in nature. I built tree forts, would go swim in the river, take a canoe out with friends, hike to the waterfalls, and catch crabs and bugs to cook. My friends would take me to their gardens and show me how to plant and cook certain plants. Papua New Guinea is an island in the Pacific Ocean, just north of Australia. There are over 800 languages spoken on the island of West New Britain that I lived on. I learned the language of the tribe that I lived with when I was young. It was a very unique experience and I would not change it for anything because it has shaped my worldview and who I am today. Growing up in a third world country gave me a deep sense of gratitude for everything I have been so blessed with here like an education, access to medical attention and doctors, clean water, and everything else we take for granted in the U.S.”- Kathryn Wise, Master of Accounting student and Graduate College Grad Assistant. Check out our Facebook page for more on her story!