After 27-year-old Californian Mindy Budgor sold her student concierge business and sent out her business school applications, she finally had some downtime. So she went to Kenya with a foundation planning to build a clinic in the Masai Mara National Reserve. After bonding with the local tribe and learning about their culture, Budgor decided to train to become a Masai warrior — you know, one of the iconic East African warriors that live off the land, raise cattle and have sworn to protect their communities from any encroaching wildlife.
Women are traditionally not allowed to become Masai warriors, but Budgor trained for two months in hopes of becoming the first, an experience she has turned into a book (and the most interesting part of her business school entrance interviews) that included killing a wild water buffalo, almost getting swallowed by a hippo and drinking the blood of a goat she'd suffocated. She and a friend were ultimately accepted as warriors after successfully finishing their training, and the Masai in Loita, Kenya, are now accepting girls into the next generation of warriors. [Source]