I loved participating in this program! I was fully immersed in the country via food and cultural experiences. In the Fall, there were a lot of festivals such as Dussehra and Diwali. It was truly one of a kind to get to dance and celebrate with the local people, especially on such big holidays. I also loved having the opportunity to walk around the small college city and to interact with the people. I would wake up on the weekends and hop on a autorickshaw and just explore the neighboring areas and food spots. I felt safe enough to travel by myself too, which was a major plus point. I gained a real sense of independence and learned so much about the people and customs. I was able to learn some Hindi and a traditional classical dance called Bharatanatyam. The best part was probably all of the food I was able to eat. Food is a huge part of my life and just seeing people on the streets crafting these culinary masterpieces was like heaven. I tried to eat everything in sight. I think the key to India is learning to let go and being willing to try everything, even if only once.