Bria Rouse

Hello! My name is Bria Rouse and I was born and raised on the island of St. Croix, located in the United States Virgin Islands. From the time I was a little girl my mom would often take my sister and brother and I to trips to neighboring islands including St. Thomas, St, John, and Puerto Rico. Whether it was for weekend trips or for small celebrations we would always be traveling. I spent many summers with my godmother in California and also with my cousins in Florida. When I was in 10th grade my mom relocated the family to Maryland. We would visit cousins in Atlanta, North Carolina, and New York on the weekends or long holidays. During this time, I learned that although these states are so close their cultures and customs are so different. My entire life I used to generalize the entire 50 states as one. I did not realize how different they were until then. 

For my senior year of high school, I moved back to the Virgin Islands however this was when I experienced other parts of the world that I never imagined I would. Being that my mom got hired to teach in Abu Dhabi, she was able to fly out my sister, brother, and I to come visit over Christmas break. We drove to Dubai on numerous occasions and flew to Egypt after Christmas Day to celebrate my mother’s birthday.  Experiencing the culture in the middle East and Africa allowed me to eliminate all stereotypical thoughts I had prior to entering these countries. When I told people from my hometown that I would be traveling to the Middle East I got a lot of negative reactions pertaining to my safety and terrorism. I was a little nervous but not afraid because my mom lived there and has never felt in danger. My entire experience was pleasant and I felt at peace and welcomed as a tourist everyday. The religion, language, and customs of these places inspired me to keep traveling and learning more. Coming to Lincoln was the first time I’ve been to Pennsylvania where I learned the dynamics of this state was well(Oxford and Philadelphia).

In the future, I plan to travel to New Orleans, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Bali, Canada, Thailand, and Japan. Whether with family, friends, my boyfriend, or by myself I will make it to these places. The knowledge I have obtained about intercultural communication and tourism in this course has given me the confidence to believe I can travel all these countries in a maximum of 5 years. Being a tourist and researching about countries is so important. Knowing the travel advisories of these country is key in order to prepare for where you will be. And although I am trying to get my life on track still, it will not stop me from seeing the world.

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