Added by on April 19, 2017

Traveling can teach you to stop showering so often, to drop anything that does not fit in your backpack, and to roll up your sleeping bag before it rains. In this funny and entertaining talk, Katie Goodroad will share the life lessons she learned while challenging her own boundaries as a traveler. She reminds us that travel is not about going into a community and changing their way of life, but instead allowing a community to change you.

Originally from Minnesota, Katie Goodroad is currently pursuing an M.S. in College Student Affairs at NSU. At the age of 18, she earned a scholarship that enabled her to serve as a rotary exchange student in Meaux, France, where she attended public high school and lived with a local family for a year. She has since lived abroad for more than four years while studying and working in Tanzania, South Korea, and France. Whether she’s washing elephants, selling oysters, or teaching English nursery rhymes to speakers of other languages, Goodroad’s global experiences continue to change the way she looks at the world. As a graduate assistant for NSU’s Razor’s Edge Global Scholars Program, she encourages undergraduate student leaders to think globally and aspire to become contributing citizens of the world.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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