Kassandra Braun a Texas student enrolled in Semester at Sea program falls to her death while trying to watch a sunset along a temple in Myanmar.
Disconcert has come to the fore with the revelation that Kassandra Braun a 20 year old Texas student enrolled in a Semester at Sea study abroad program died while on an excursion in Myanmar.
Notice of the young woman’s death came after Arab News reported Kassandra ‘Kassie’ Braun —hailing from Fishers, Indiana, ‘taking a bad fall,’ Tuesday evening trying to watch the sunset from a temple in the coastal city of Bagan.
The outlet, citing the Home Affairs Ministry, noted Braun ‘accidentally falling from the Bagan pagoda … while looking for the sunset at 4:30 p.m.’ on Tuesday.
Which is to wonder how often seeking divinity or beauty can lead one literally to the very edge and cause one’s very own demise, intended or otherwise …
Program administrators said Braun was traveling independently when she fell during a stopover in the ancient city.
‘She was severely injured and passed away in the ambulance on the way to Mandalay General Hospital,’ told the program in a statement.
Semester at Sea is a popular study abroad program where curriculum is taught on a ship that travels around the world.
At the time of her excursion, Braun was a junior at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, majoring in communication read a statement via the University on Facebook.
Following news of the tragedy, Kassie’s parents, Charlene and Dave Braun, released a statement through Semester at Sea, expressing their gratitude for the ‘outpouring of love and support.’
‘They are still waiting for further details about what happened but would like everyone to know that Kassie was having the time of her life on Semester at Sea and was living her dream,’ the statement said. ‘She was so full of life and love, gave so much to so many.’
The university said it’s offering support to those who may have known Braun.