James Vaughn


What are you studying at Point Loma?
I am a History major with a Music minor.

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Menifee, Ca, in the Inland Empire.

What countries have you visited?
I have been to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.

What is your favorite place you’ve visited in the world?
That’s a real toss up between kayaking on Lago de Apoyo, in Nicaragua, which is a secluded volcanic lake, and snorkeling on the east side of Isla Bastimentos, the most remote island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, Panama.

What is the next place you would like to visit in the world?
That’s a hard one too, but I’d have to say that Mongolia is at the top of the list. I’d like to see the country that once ruled Asia and now, with a landmass as great as the interior of the United States, only holds about 2.5 million souls. The stars at night must be spectacular.

If you could live in any other city in the world, what would it be?
That’s a tough one because I’m not much of a city guy, but probably Bern, Switzerland. Historic bastion of freedom, fresh air, and mountains… what more does one want?

What languages do you speak/are learning?
I am quite fluent in English, and am conversational to a degree in Spanish.

What advice do you have for study abroad students?
Prayer is the most important advice I can give; seek Jesus in what you want to do and allow Him to show you if, when, and where. Don’t give up because of fear of the unknown or discouragement. And don’t be afraid to try new things, meet new people, and climb that really, really, really big mountain that you can’t see the top of and hike that trail no one else seems to care about. Pack light.