Grappling with a new culture
Recruited to compete in wrestling for Northwestern, Reid was impressed with the Raider wrestlers during his campus visit and wanted to learn from Coach Dahl. He also chose Northwestern for its great business program. When he was unable to wrestle his sophomore year due to an injury, he took advantage of the opportunity to spend the fall studying abroad through the college’s Romania Semester.
Having my own culture and beliefs sort of broken down and examined by people outside of it was very interesting. I asked a lot of, “Why and what has led me to believe in this?” And as I kept asking it, I became more confident in my beliefs and realized if some don’t stand up to the test, then they need to be changed.
There were so many highlights of my study abroad semester: sleeping in a mountain cave; host families; our fall break trip to Rome, Athens and Budapest; working with the kids at the climbing gym; backpacking in Retezat National Park; and crossing the border into Ukraine. There were lots of little daily things that just made it very hard to come home.
I’ve grown through being exposed to so many cultures and new ideas. It made me more well-rounded and rooted in my faith and beliefs.