Traveler Bio

Hello! I am Ahkenaton Furdge from Clarksdale, Mississippi. I am 19 years old and this semester I'm studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand! Studying abroad is always something I wanted to do, but I didn't see it as a possibility until someone told me about the resources available to students who really want to make travel a part of their education. After that, I dove right in! Lots of hard work and persistence later, here I am, a small-town boy from Clarksdale, Mississippi, studying in Bangkok for the entire semester.

I arrived in Bangkok almost a full month ago, and I'm making the most of every day. I've seen and done things already that I'll never forget. Transportation is very cheap and I have taken full advantage of that opportunity to journey throughout Thailand to cities such as Chang Mai, Phuket and Salaya. I am hopeful that much more is ahead! I'm looking forward to exploring more of Thailand together!

Want to know more about how you can study or intern abroad when you are a college student? The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Learn more about the scholarship by clicking here!