Participating in the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Through this program I was not only able to meet and interact with students my age from different cultures but I was able to build lifelong friendships as well. This program also allowed me to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Missouri. Furthermore my bosses and co-workers were very friendly and even went out of their way to make everyone feel welcomed. Having done the program I learnt a lot about life and surviving on my own which helped me a lot when I travelled to New York. I definitely will be going on the J1 Summer Work and Travel Program again.