My name is Jessica Lynn Albano. I am a Theatre Arts and Sociology student at Rowan University. My fall 2013 semester will be at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I honestly didn’t chose Ireland for the country; I chose it for the courses that I believe will benefit me. It was only after, as I started to look into Northern Ireland, that I fell in love with the country. During this study abroad program, I hope to lose what I have come to know about myself from what other people have told me. I want to discover new perspectives, places, and people!
Farnaz Alimehri is a third year Politics major with minors in Spanish and French at Regis University. Traveling has always been a passion of hers and she has frequently traveled to various countries in Europe and the Middle East. This fall, Farnaz has had the opportunity to travel to Brussels, Belgium to study politics and perfect her French language skills. Her hobbies include writing, gaming, DJing, belly dancing, and eating!
My name is Brandon Baker, and I am from Germantown, MD. I am a senior studying Finance at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. I am excited for the opportunity to study in Brussels, Belgium this fall. Brussels is so much more than the political capital of Europe; It’s the intersection of language and culture from every continent. While this snowball of cultures may leave little room for native Belgians, they manage to leave a unique impression on their home country. I expect nothing less than to be fully immersed in a culture so different from my own. Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard to do, but it’s worth the memories that will last a lifetime.
My name is Chloe Brown, I’m entering my junior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but for the fall 2013 semester I’ll be studying at Charles University in Prague! I’m currently majoring in Anthropology and Political Science, with a focus in Genocide Studies and Public Policy. My hometown of Lowell, MA is a small multicultural city in the northeast corner of the Bay State. When I’m not super busy with my studies, I enjoy cooking, running, reading, swimming, and planning for future travel adventures! I absolutely love food, so I can’t wait to try some authentic guláš! I chose to study in the Czech Republic because I want to learn more about it. The Czech Republic has seen invasions, war, revolution, and peace and still came out with a strong national identity unique to the Czech people. I can’t wait to explore the country during my time in Prague and learn more about the Czech people by living amongst them!
I live in Erie, Pennsylvania with my mom, dad and younger brother (and my dog). I go to school at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and am majoring in Psychology. To be honest, out of anywhere in the world I chose Málaga because of its location on the beach and figured I couldn’t go wrong with sea, sand and sun. I hardly speak any Spanish, but I feel the best way to learn anything is by practicing with experienced people and real life involvement with the material. I am hoping to become a confident Spanish speaker, but more than that my goal is to understand and become comfortable with a new culture and way of life.
I’m Tori, a Creative Writing and Spanish double-major from Wilmington, North Carolina. A would-be novelist with a strong love for coffee, travel and words, I’m thrilled to spend the first half of my senior year blogging about my experiences in lovely Santander, Spain. As this will be my first time in Europe, I’m determined to have as many adventures as I can and document them along the way. I can’t wait to immerse myself in all things Spanish.
Samantha Ching studies Comparative Literature, Asian American Studies and Public Health at UCLA. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, she finds comfort in reading, writing, and ramen noodle soup. One day, she hopes to dream in Spanish and to see a whale.
My name is Andrea Davis, and I am a junior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I am studying Psychology and French and am spending my fall semester in Paris, France! I always knew that I wanted to study abroad somewhere, but it wasn’t until my first French class in high school that I really fell in love with a culture and a language. I chose Paris because I really wanted to experience big-city life, and so much of the culture that France is celebrated for centers in Paris. During my time in Paris, I anticipate sitting for hours in cafes, roaming around the Left Bank and soaking up all the French lifestyle and language that I possibly can!
Originally from the Twin Cities metro, I am about to begin a new adventure in beautiful San José, Costa Rica. I cannot wait to explore this new land and discover the much-rumored phrase, Pura Vida! Since enrolling at Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), I knew I would be required to study abroad, but I never imagined it would be so ideal. As a junior Anthropology and Religion major with Spanish and Ancient Languages minors, I am pumped to become immersed in a new, Spanish-speaking culture. While there, I will be busy working at a Christian non-profit through ISA ELAP, studying at la Universidad Veritas, and completing research for my Honors thesis.
My name is Jordan and I am a third year student of English and Psychology at the University of Denver. My plan, as of now, is to earn my BA and continue on to pursue a MA in Secondary Education. At present, I am a studying abroad at the University of Stellenbosch located just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. I originally chose this university because of the highly regarded school of education and because it is predominantly English speaking. I learned quickly that there is much, much more to absolve from this country than I will be taught in the classroom or from communicating my my native language and I want to share that with family, friends, future scholars, or whoever else is interested.
From California to Colorado to Barcelona, Kristy Gustafson, a junior advertising and psychology major, is beyond excited to embark on this adventure of a lifetime. With her camera and journal in hand, and a love for exploring and trying new things, she can’t wait to take on the world one amazing place after another.
My name is Julie Harrison, and I am a senior at Ohio State University where I study Spanish, Business and Art. I love to take photos and have been doing my best to document my time in Buenos Aires so far. I will be in the “Paris of the South” for a semester, and I hope to gain a better understanding of the Spanish language, Argentine culture and the world’s diverse human race. I love spending time outdoors and experiencing new things. I’m anxious to see where this adventure leads me!
My name is Courtney, and I was raised in a small, rural town in southwestern Minnesota before venturing off to college. Currently, I am in my third year of school where I ‘bleed blue’ at the wonderful University of Kentucky (GO CATS) while studying Human Rights and Social Movement within the International Studies major. I chose to study in the Czech Republic because it was a program I didn’t hear people talking about often, and I love trying to get off the beaten path as much as possible. I’ve always seemed to have a little bit of a gypsy soul when it comes to staying in one place, so it only made sense that I should spend the semester exploring new places. Along with the adventure and excitement of a new location, I have family origins in the Czech region so I’m hoping to do a little digging on my own family history in my time abroad.
My name is Courtney Knoch. I’m a Junior at Marietta College and am from the small town of Marietta, Ohio. I am an International Leadership Studies and Spanish double major with a minor in Political Science. I chose to study in Granada because of the rich culture and history and the influence from the surrounding areas like Morocco. With this experience, I hope to not only gain language skills, but a new perspective on the world and the things and people around me. I hope to walk away from the journey with memories and skills that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.
My name is Lauren Marrero, and I’m a third-year student at the University of Virginia. I’ll be continuing to study English at Kings College. I’ve been to London before, but I was seven and a horde of pigeons attacked me in Trafalgar Square—so, hopefully this time will be better. I can’t wait to live and study in a city rich in literary history!
Leslie is a junior at Texas A&M International University working towards a Bachelor degree in Multidiciplinary Studies with three concentrations: International Leadership, Translation and Economics. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to obtain a MPIA, Masters in Public and International Affairs. She is the founder and president of the Rotaract International club at TAMIU and is also a former member of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, through which she studied abroad in Germany. She recently took part in the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative conference, where she enhanced her leadership skills and committed to serve the Latino community. These skills will enable her to be an excellent ambassador of the United States and the Latino community in Shanghai, China, where she will study during the Fall semester of 2013. She is fluent in Spanish, German and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese.
My name is Grant Meckley. I hail from the sleepy hamlet of York, Pennsylvania and attend college at Messiah College in the vicinity of Harrisburg. I am a third-year Biology student with a minor in Spanish. I have rather eclectic interests ranging from unicycling and playing the concertina to running, politics and music. I am studying in Valparaiso, Chile with my roommate and travel companion Timothy. The two of us chose Chile for study abroad not only for the chance to experience a new culture, but for a radical change in scenery. Given our biology background we have been cataloging the flora and fauna of Chile and enjoying the crazy adventures along the way. While in Chile, it is my hope to better know the land and its people, as well as give back to the country through volunteering and making friends.
I am Bailey Mulholland, and I hail from the lively metropolis of Appleton, Wisconsin. I currently attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, so you could say I’m a born-and-bred Midwesterner. Very soon, however, I will be hopping the pond to study abroad at the University of Salamanca. I’ve dreamt of travel since early childhood, and I’m eager to immerse myself in a foreign world, discovering all that is both different and similar about people and the way they live. Salamanca seemed like a good choice in regards to size and environment. As a History, Spanish and International Studies major, I hope to improve my language ability and understanding of Spanish culture. As a runner, I hope to get some miles in exploring a new locale. As a restless spirit, I hope to begin the first travel adventure of many.
My name is Max Nathanson, and I am a junior at the University of Colorado studying Political Science and History. I am spending the fall of 2013 studying at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain as well as working in a hotel as a part of the ISA ELAP internship program. Everything about this semester for me will be done with the goal of immersing myself completely into Spanish culture: the language, food, music, customs, everything. I am huge into exercise, love playing sports, and cannot live without the outdoors. I’m especially partial to travel, food and soccer, not necessarily in that order, and try to have large amounts of all three in my life.
I hail from Phoenix, Arizona and am a junior Public Relations major at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. When I was younger, I used to make pretend dinner dishes out of the sand in the sandbox, and I used to play “restaurant” instead of “house.” I love writing about food, and my ultimate goal is to get paid to fly all around the globe and write reviews about incredible bars and restaurants. I have lived in the same house my entire life and I think it may be an understatement to say I need to get out and explore (aka taste) the world. I have been promising my friends and family that I would study abroad since I was 12 or 13, and I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am that my dream has come to fruition!
I am a third-year student at the University of Denver originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. This fall I have taken the opportunity to study abroad at the Universidad de Adolfo Ibañez in Viña del Mar, Chile. At DU I am a Psychology and International Studies double major with minors in Biology, Leadership and Religious Studies . Since third grade I have wanted to study abroad for a year. I chose Chile because of my love of the outdoors, especially the mountains after living among them my entire life, and the classes I’m able to take here. I’m excited to practice Spanish daily, ski in the Andes and love the people I meet!
I’m from Madison, Connecticut and am a junior at James Madison University in Virginia where I major in Spanish and minor in Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies. Studying abroad has been an experience that I’ve wanted since high school, and I can’t believe I finally get the chance to live my dream! I will be studying in the beautiful city of Sevilla for the fall and spring semesters. After spending the majority of my academic life studying Spanish in a classroom setting, I can’t wait to fully immerse myself. I’m looking forward to flamenco, fast-paced Spanish conversations, and FOOD! A year’s worth of adventure is waiting for me, and I’m so excited to experience it!
My name is Gigi Peccolo, and I’m from Castle Rock, CO. I’m a junior at the University of Denver majoring in Journalism and minoring in Spanish (maybe a double major!). I had the chance to study in Santander, Spain last summer, and it was a great month, but I spoke in English with my friends a lot of the time. This year, I want to speak as much Spanish as I can. I chose the program in Madrid to improve my language skills but also to have the chance to visit the rest of Europe. I can’t wait to get going!
My name is Paige Pribonic, and I’m a junior at Clemson University where I major in Language and International Health. I’m originally from Hudson, WI, but my family recently moved to St. Charles, MO. My love of traveling began when I decided to take a gap year with Rotary Youth Exchange to Valencia, Spain. Since then, I’ve traveled to over 15 countries through opportunities with my university’s Honors College, and I feel incredibly blessed to have had these experiences. This summer, I had the opportunity to return to Spain as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. I love Spain, but I’m so excited to be in the Dominican Republic this semester. In addition to taking classes here, I’ll also be volunteering at a medical clinic. I know this year will be challenging and rewarding, and I can’t wait to see what the DR has in store for me!
My name is Brittany Quirarte. I am from Scottsdale, Arizona, and I go to Arizona State University. I have a dual major in English Literature and Secondary English Education, and I feel like this study abroad experience is very important. It might have been more practical for me to be a degree-seeking student in England, but I chose Spain because fluently speaking Spanish is a goal I have set for myself and I’m planning to get a minor in Spanish. Barcelona was the perfect match, because it is a city filled with art; it has both antiquated and new bustling city styles, and, let’s be honest, those Mediterranean beaches were also a factor. I hope that everything I learn during the academic year in Barcelona (and wherever else I venture in Europe) will be something I can take with me everywhere. I am so excited to be a correspondent and share all of my experiences!
My name is Erik Schwarzenberg. I’m a nineteen-year-old, second-year student at Towson University, right outside of Baltimore. Although I haven’t traveled nearly as much as I’d like, I do have the bug for it. The plan right now is to graduate with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish. I’ll be studying in Valencia, Spain this fall. It really stuck out for me because of its mix of modern and old-world Spanish charm. I cannot wait to be living with a family in the city and to learn and live in a way I’ve never known.
My name is Kathryn Sherman, and I study International Relations at Middle Tennessee State University. I have always wanted to study abroad, and when I first began looking for a country in which to study, I was determined to avoid London as I have been there several times before. However, London was the only city that offered the classes I wanted as well as incredible internship opportunities, and I absolutely love the city, so I eventually (and happily) gave in to the idea that this is where I’m supposed to be. As I already have stayed in the city for weeks at a time, I know it very well and am hoping to be able to jump right in to the lifestyles and cultures that this city has to offer. I hope that my time in London will broaden my horizons, in professional futures as well as academic and in personal relationships too. I want to become more independent, braver and more adventurous, and I have no doubt that London will help me to achieve these and more. It is an amazing city with amazing people, and I am honored to become a part of it.
I am a Wisconsin native studying Illustration and Gender Studies and in my third year at Northern Michigan University. I like beautiful things, clever words, tasty food and unforgettable adventures. Mostly I drink coffee, and I plan to draw forever. I decided to study abroad because I want to draw all over the world! What better way to learn about art than to walk the same streets and see the same sights and breath the same air as the masters? Florence calls to those of us with art in our souls, and there was nothing for me to do but answer.
My name is Arielle Swett, and I’m from Washington, D.C. I am a student at Wake Forest University, entering my junior year this fall. I am double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. I chose Rome to study abroad because of its endlessly relevant, magnificent, majestic history and existence. I wanted to explore the beauty of the world’s most impressive civilization, as I would never have this opportunity again! I hope to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the world and how our society began and would eventually flourish. I hope to truly appreciate the achievements of our predecessors and consequently those of our generation, as Rome is where it all began!
I am senior attending the University of Northern Colorado, which is located in Greeley, CO. For the past four years the small city of Greeley has been my home, place of study and social scene. This year, however, I have the incredible opportunity study abroad in Santiago, Dominican Republic, a place that not only has a vastly different geographical climate but also a different social and cultural one. I foresee this being an experience like no other. I chose the Dominican Republic because like many students I am wanting to improve my Spanish, but most importantly I have always had a curiosity about and love for the Dominican culture.
My name is Victoria Tonan, and I am a student at the University of Kentucky where I am studying International Studies and Spanish. I have always had the wanderlust spirit, which is why I am starting my senior year off with a bang in Santander, Spain. I knew I wanted to study in Spain, but I honed in on Santander mainly because of the location (any city by the ocean is a winner in my book) and the chance to take a few business classes with a new perspective. Living in “Spain’s most elegant city” will allow me to practice my Spanish, soak up the great outdoors, and immerse myself in the culture of the country I fell in love with when I was 16 years old.
I am from Visalia, California, but I’ve been studying Art and Design at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota for the last two years. Most recently I’ve been focusing on sculpture and photography, but I love drawing and graphic design as well. At the university in Florence I will be studying photography, art history, and of course, the Italian language. I chose Florence for its rich artistic history and culture, and I’m very excited to learn about the Renaissance. Overall I’d like to become more independent and street savvy.
I come from the mountains of Colorado and the farmlands of rural Illinois. I love tomatoes fresh from the garden, anything with dark chocolate, sunshine, most any dancing, my piano, adventure, popcorn, exploration, travel, markets, lists and, above all, learning! I am a Neuroscience Major with minors in Psychology and Music at Regis University in Denver Colorado. I have aspirations of becoming a psychologist, researching love and traveling the world. Currently, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With the International Studies Abroad program I am studying at the University of Belgrano and loving every second. I chose Argentina for my studying abroad experience for many reasons, including: Argentinians speak Spanish, thus I can practice 24/7; Argentina is in South America, a continent I had yet to visit; Argentina has a unique culture; and Buenos Aires is the birthplace of Tango! While I’m here I hope to take advantage of all these amazing aspects of Argentina!
My name is Russell Willoughby, though I compulsively add my middle name, Jane, for clarification. I’m currently a junior at the University of Alabama, where I am majoring in English and minoring in French. Though my mom is Canadian and my father was born in Panama, I have lived in Alabama for my entire life, and the opportunity to spend a year in Paris, a cultural capital, feels right in my bones. I chose a year-long program BECAUSE it scared me, and I wanted to start saying “yes!” to the scary things early in life. While I’ll be trading football for French lessons and queso for quiche, I hope to present a melding of perspectives in my blog posts, an openness and eagerness that will hopefully translate on and beyond the page.
My name is Darby Witek, and I am an upperclassman from Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. I am a double major in History and English Literature along with a minor in Spanish. I was immediately drawn to Cusco, Peru by its vibrant culture and rich local history, along with the opportunity to put my Spanish skills to the ultimate test. I love anything that involves learning, sunshine, reading, exploring and laughing. I am so excited to learn about the ancient history of Peru while surrounded by all the facets of culture deeply linked to it. Along with taking classes, I will also being interning with the ISA ELAP program in Cusco in both a youth development organization called Colibrí and a private school called Colegio Privado Raimondi Cusco teaching English to local students. Here I hope to help educate and care for Peruvian children while learning, by experience, effective teaching strategies. My time in Peru promises to be challenging, exciting, scary and ultimately life-changing all in one, and I am absolutely thrilled to share all of the amazing adventures with you!
I’m Natalie Witschorik;I am currently studying in Lima, Peru for the Fall 2013 semester. I am originally from the small town of Northfield, Minnesota but I packed my bags and headed down to Ames, Iowa to attend Iowa State University. Prior to university I participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and spent a year in Lithuania 2010-2011. At Iowa State I am studying Agriculture Business and Economics. I decided on Peru because it felt right and why not go to Peru? I am looking forward to exploring the culture, expanding my limited Spanish skills and doing something new for myself. Why not?
I am a twenty-year-old college student, journalist and travel enthusiast! I was born in the bustling city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lived there until I was four. My parents moved my sister and I to the U.S. for educational opportunities not available to us in Africa at the time. I have lived in the U.S. for sixteen years and have spent many summers traveling to countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Ethiopia and France. I am currently majoring in Broadcast Journalism at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA. I aspire to be an international news correspondent for CNN or Al Jazeera. My ultimate goal in life is to help others around the world and better my own country. I am excited to study, live and grow in Morocco and learn more about the Arabic world.
My name is Yeejkim Yang (pronounced “Yankee”). I am 20 years young, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. My major is Information Technology. This fall I am studying at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. Since I was young I’ve always wanted to travel the globe, and I love trying new things. Studying in South Korea has connected them both. Since coming to a university, I knew that studying abroad would become very possible and I wanted to take advantage as soon as I could. So just after my first year at UW-Whitewater, I am now in this wonderful and beautiful city called Seoul. I am very excited to write marvelous stories of my studies and travels!
I’m from Fort Collins, CO and attend Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. Graceland is a small school in a small town, but it makes for a tight-knit community where I always feel at home. I have not yet declared a major but I will make my decision after I return from Costa Rica; who knows what kinds of things I will discover about myself and the world while I am there! I have an ever-growing interest in the environment and sustainability and chose to study in Costa Rica partly because of this. Costa Rica has devoted much effort to these areas, and I think I will learn by living in their environmentally-conscious culture. It is my goal to be fluent in Spanish by the end of the year! I am ready to break away from my comfort zone and be immersed in a culture and language different from my own. I want to experience the world in an entirely new way, and walk away with a broader perspective and an increasingly global point of view.
I am a junior studying Organizational Science and English at the University of Idaho. When I graduate I hope to combine my fields of study by finding a career as a grant writer for a non-profit. I would love to possibly parlay the language experience I gain on my travels into international work. I love food, books, new adventures and the great outdoors. The idea of a new adventure enthralls me and what better way to find one than to study abroad. While in Morocco I want to immerse myself in the culture and hope the experience will be as challenging as it is rewarding. I was immediately drawn to Morocco’s language diversity and cannot wait to try and communicate with the people there.