Title: When I Went Away
Abstract: In her series of creative non-fiction essays, Tampke recounts the seven months she spent studying and traveling abroad last year and explores the effect that her time away had on her personal relationships, perceived identity, and worldview. The experiences she describes occur in varying parts of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. They honestly detail the difficulties she encountered while living with a host family, learning with a language barrier, and traveling to strange places, as well as the positive aspects of her experience. Throughout her collection, she explores a variety of experiences based on one central tension: the things she gained by going and those that she lost by leaving.