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Testimonial: Katie Blanchard, Coe College

Katie Blanchard

Although spending five months in Pune, India was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, it was also one of the most fulfilling. India is a place where intense beauty and sadness are both intertwined and inseparable to an extreme that I have yet to see anywhere else. I felt such a sense of empowerment and success when I became able to navigate the streets of Pune by myself, or when I could hold a conversation in Marathi with my host mother or a rickshaw driver. Those little things caused me to gain a much broader understanding of the world.

—Katie Blanchard, theatre arts and political science major

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