2008 Philosophy Grad Stephen Lioy spends two years in China, then heads to Tulane Law.
May 2008 graduate, Stephen Lioy, double majored in Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in French. After graduation, he taught English in Shenzhen, China for a year and a half while traveling during school breaks. In those three semesters of teaching, he earned enough money so that in March of 2010, he could quit teaching in order to travel full time. In the Spring of 2010, he was accepted into Tulane Law school and deferred his entrance until the fall of 2011, so that he could travel still more.
So far he has visited an astonishing number of places: China, Hong Kong/ Macau, Japan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and Mexico. While he had long known that he wanted to pursue law school, the experience of traveling and meeting people in many of these countries sparked an interest in graduate work in international development. While he was in Cambodia, he compared firsthand the places that had received significant development aid and those that had not. The disparity in living standards between the two helped him realize how important such activities can be to the people on the receiving end.
For the future, he plans to travel most likely exclusively in Asia. For the immediate future, he will be in China, then move on to Kazakhstan, and perhaps one or two more Central Asian states. Further into the trip he may go to Myanmar, India, and Nepal. His rationale is that extensive first-hand experience with all of these places combined with the academic training of Tulane’s graduate and legal programs will prepare him well for a career in international development in China or South East Asia.
To see a map of the places he has been, click here this page.