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West Point • 2010

Ian McAlister '11, from Oakway, South Carolina, had studied the geography and history of Israel in the classroom. But it wasn't until he took a class trip to the country, that the culture fully came alive. McAlister inter- acted with citizens, visited historical sites, met members of the Israeli Defense Forces, and toured military installations. Last summer, the Environmental Engineering major traveled again, this time to Costa Rica, where he conducted graduate-level research. "These trips are invaluable," he says. "Until you have walked with people through their mountains, worked with them in their orchards, and knelt with them in their holy places, it is difficult to understand the depth and richness of their cultures."

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