In the past few months, Jenna Tischler has scaled the Bua Tong "Sticky" Waterfall, bonded with elephants at a rescue and rehabilitation center, taken part in a Buddhist ritual, and taught conversational English to Thai soldiers. It's not your average fall semester, by any means. But Tischler wasn't interested in your average fall semester, which is how she ended up in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a semester abroad. A Madison native, Tischler knew from the moment she enrolled at UAH that she would be spending a semester in a far-off place. "I didn't have the opportunity to travel much growing up, but I wanted to experience other countries, cultures, and languages," she says. "I recognized that spending a few months abroad would be more worthwhile and affordable - both time- and money-wise - during college."