Traveler Bio

Hello! My name is Isaiah Dawson, and I am a college student from Orlando, Florida. As a kid, I loved acting in school plays and playing sports like football and soccer. I really loved living in my home state of Florida. I used to swim at the beaches and ride on theme park rides all the time. Then I left Florida and moved to Washington, D.C., to study political science at Howard University. In D.C., I liked to go to art shows, study Black history and protest for social change. In my college classes, I learned a lot about the history and politics of Africa. This made me want to go to Africa one day! I am currently studying abroad for a semester in Gaborone, Botswana. I am blessed to receive acceptance to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to help pay for my semester abroad. As an exchange student here in Botswana, I  made new friends who come from all over the world, including countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Germany, and the Netherlands. I look forward to sharing more about my semester abroad, and I cannot wait to hear about your adventures at school, too! 

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!