Liz Matthews

Lehigh Launch: Embrace the moment

The "Lehigh Launch" series highlights first-semester students' experiences learning about the literature, earth and environment, and peoples of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in Fall 2022. Liz Matthews ‘26 shares their experience.

Hometown: Chester, NJ

What drew you to Lehigh Launch?: I was excited about Lehigh Launch Ecuador because it would be a fantastic way to learn about a new culture and learn a new language in an out-of-classroom environment.

What did you like most about Lehigh Launch?: I love traveling to different places within Ecuador and feeling as if I have truly come to understand the full country, as opposed to just a single city.

What was the best thing you learned?: Sometimes, even in unexpected times, the best option is to fully embrace the moment.

What is a fun fact from the trip?: I took selfies with two different llamas on two completely different occasions: Pepito and Pequito (respectively).

What is something you wish you knew before you packed your bags?: I wish that I packed more clothes and a greater diversity of clothes (for example, more workout clothes and more shorts/tank tops than I thought I would need).