There had always been buzz of a great abroad program at UNR. You would meet people who would speak of it with pride, not even having participated in the program themselves.
My older cousin had previously studied abroad with USAC in Pau, France and every time we would meet at family gatherings she would look me in the eyes and say, "Go," and I would fantasize for hours afterward.
After her time abroad, she began working for Patagonia, where she traveled to French-speaking countries on behalf of their products. The USAC program felt like an open door to the world.