Lane: Fall in Tel Aviv

Lane Sheldon

Lane Sheldon is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Fall in Tel Aviv, Israel. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: Tel Aviv University.

I am a third year studying English Literature and Political Science. I haven’t done much traveling before this, aside from going on Birthright last December and some trips to Mexico and the Caribbean. This is my first time studying abroad and I’m studying at Tel Aviv University. I chose to study here because on my first trip to Israel last December I fell in love with Israel and I knew without a doubt that I wanted to come back and get a better feel of the country and this region of the world. I’ve been in Israel for two months at this point and as I’ve been here through the present conflict, I’ve come to learn so much about this country, its way of life, and its conflicts. Continuing to learn as much as possible about Israel and the Middle East, both in and out of the classroom, is what I look forward to most about the rest of my study abroad experience. Oh, and a three week backpacking trip through Europe! Some of my interests and hobbies includes writing, reading, singing loudly in the shower, mock trial, binge watching Parks and Recreation on study breaks and taking too many naps. 

 

Christian: Fall in Madrid


Christian Pain
 is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Fall in Madrid, Spain. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: UF in Madrid-Business.

What is your year and field of study?
I am a senior and a public relations major. I will be earning a concentration in business after this abroad program.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have not traveled abroad.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I chose to study in Madrid because I am fluent in Spanish and I figured exploring the country’s culture would be a much more enjoyable and enlightening experience without the worry of a language barrier.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I’m excited to see the world outside the states. I want to experience fist-hand these differences in culture everyone seems to hype up. I want to change, modify and expand my perspective on the human experience. Naturally, crossing the Atlantic ocean seemed like a relevant idea.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I am very much interested in topics related to metaphysics, historical mysteries and paradigm-shifting archaeological findings. Lately, I’ve been reading Graham Hancock’s work, which I find interesting in an investigative journalistic way. As hobbies, I like to do some spray paint art once in a while, I like to play soccer, as I am an avid follower of the sport, and I enjoy both recreational reading and writing.

Melissa: Fall in Dublin

Melissa Grafton is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Fall in Dublin, Ireland. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Dublin Institute of Technology.

What is your year and field of study?
I am a Senior Telecommunications major with an outside concentration in Theatre.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I travelled to Greece for one month last summer to visit friends and gain cultural diversity. What an amazing experience that was to live on the Mediterranean Sea and spend my days swimming, fishing and hunting for octopus

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
I have never studied abroad before. 

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I’m going to Ireland for the Fall term because my ancestors are from there so I’m fulfilling my lifelong dream to see all the beautiful landscapes and get back to my roots. I’m gonna perfect my Irish accent! 

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and networking as well as traveling. Moving from Miami to Gainesville was small shock compared to this trip but I’m so ready for this move. I really want to see all the cliffs and hills. 

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I am taking Film & Broadcasting classes so I hope to make a short film, maybe a fantasy themed short because of the scenery. I want to keep this blog up to date and I really enjoy cooking so maybe I’ll incorporate that into my blog: different ways to eat a potato…I’ll call it, “The Daily Spud” or something to that affect. 

Kortney: Summer in Innsbruck

Kortney Sweeney

Kortney Sweeney

Kortney Sweeney is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Austria. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: University of New Orleans – Innsbruck

What is your year and field of study?
I am a junior journalism major with a concentration in psychology.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have traveled abroad four times, and I have been to 10 European countries. I visited Italy and France with my father for my 16th birthday. I visited Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy with my family. For my high school graduation, I traveled to Austria, Germany and Switzerland with my mom. Last summer I visited London for three weeks and took a weekend trip to Norway. It was a chance for me to visit my sister while she studied abroad in London and allowed me to tour and explore the city on my own.

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
I have never studied abroad before. My sister’s amazing experiences from studying abroad three times motivated me to create my own special memories by studying abroad in one of my favorite countries.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am studying abroad in Innsbruck, Austria for six weeks. I have been to Austria two times in my life, and both times I immediately fell in love with the country, people and culture. Each time I take a walk down memory lane and look at my pictures from my adventures in that country, I am reminded of its beauty and charm. Innsbruck is located in the Austrian Alps and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. From its bustling streets, quaint neighborhoods and magnificent scenery, Innsbruck is my ideal city.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
As much as I am looking forward to living in Innsbruck, I am most excited about exploring surrounding cities and countries and getting a taste of different European cultures. I also can’t wait to meet the other people in my study abroad program and local Innsbruck students and form friendships I will remember for the rest of my life. As sad as this may sound, I am extremely excited about one of the classes I will be taking. It’s all about German fairytales, which is more of a dream than a class to me!

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
As my major probably implies, I love to write, and I am also an avid reader. I am also extremely interested in art, which happens to be an important aspect of Innsbruck’s culture. Hiking and exploring the outdoors is also a love of mine, and of course I love to travel.

Allison: Summer in Rio

Allison Hillsbery

Allison Hillsbery

Allison Hillsbery is a Georgetown University student studying abroad this summer in Brazil through UF. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Rio – Language & Culture

What is your year and field of study?
I am a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, majoring in International Business and pursuing two minors (Spanish and Portuguese).

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I’ve been lucky enough to visit 14 countries on 3 different continents so far (U.S., Mexico, Belize, Ecuador, Morocco, England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany). My parents love traveling and think it’s very important to try new things and see life from different perspectives so most of these trips were for family vacations.

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
During summer 2012 I participated in a language immersion program at La Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain to work on my Spanish.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
This summer, I am studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I want to improve my Portuguese and right now is a really exciting time to be in Rio.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I am most looking forward to the day-to-day routine. I want to live like a carioca for a while – get close to my host family, enjoy my classes, and explore the city with new friends.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
Traveling and language are my two great passions. I also love writing (both poetry and prose), hiking and watching movies.

Kristin: Summer in Seoul

Kristin Calfee

Kristin Calfee

Kristin Calfee is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in South Korea. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: USAC – Yonsei University

What is your year and field of study?
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
No, this will be my first time leaving the country

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
No

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
Seoul, South Korea because I am interested in Korean culture and language

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
Experiencing a different country for the first time

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
Writing, singing, wake boarding, and wind surfing

Luke: Summer in Cambridge

Luke Jeske

Luke Jeske

Luke Jeske is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in England. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: UF in Cambridge – History

What is your year and field of study?
2nd year History Major

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
Yes, I have vacationed in Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
No, this will be my first study abroad program!

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am studying in Cambridge, England (the program actually starts with six days in Paris, France). I chose this program because it focuses on one of the most interesting time periods in modern European history and is run by one of the best professors whom I have encountered on UF’s campus.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I am excited to study at Cambridge University’s campus and experience a new learning atmosphere while exploring some of the beautiful English countryside.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I like to stay active so I run and bike and swim; finding new and challenging courses is one of my favorite ways to explore an area. I also enjoy reading and collecting newspapers, particularly the New York Times because of it’s high-caliber international coverage and Op-Ed sections. My academic interests include modern Russian history and European cultural developments.

Tilman: Summer in Madrid

Tilman Monsanto

Tilman Monsanto

Tilman Monsanto is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Spain. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: IES – Madrid Summer Program

What is your year and field of study?
I am a rising senior (Class of 2015), Anthropology Major with a Spanish Minor. I plan on studying family law after graduation and have aspirations of opening a non-profit organization for at risk youth minorities.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
No.

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
No.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I will be attending the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. Since taking my first Spanish class in middle school, my interest in learning the Spanish language has only increased. I have heard that the la gente in Madrid is lively but very relaxed at the same time. Not to mention, the culture is built on the art of socializing. What better place to learn to speak the Spanish language?

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
As a Spanish minor here at the University of Florida, I have my eyes set on becoming business proficient in the language to broaden my future client base. While non-native speakers’ reading and writing skills are usually more easily acquired, the ability to communicate in a social setting is more difficult. I hope to use this full-immersion experience to practice speaking the language as much as possible.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I really enjoy meeting new people and being as sociable as possible. When I’m not studying, I enjoy playing tennis, singing along with the latest chart-topper, shopping, or hanging out with friends.

Brandi: Summer in Beijing

Brandi Applebaum

Brandi Applebaum

Brandi Applebaum is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in China. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Beijing – Chinese Commerce and Culture

What is your year and field of study?
I am a 4th year majoring in advertising and minoring in both business administration and retail.

Have you traveled or studied abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I’ve traveled Europe before, and studied abroad with UF in Madrid last summer. This will be my first time in Asia.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I chose UF in Beijing because it sounds like a wonderful opportunity to explore the world, learn about a culture unlike mine, and I know how helpful it is to learn a language from a native speaker.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I’m looking forward most to being out of my comfort zone and immersed in the Chinese lifestyle.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
My hobby is baking cupcakes, and my main interest is the beauty industry and products.

Kelly: Summer in Cambridge

Kelly Stephens

Kelly Stephens

Kelly Stephens is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in England. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Cambridge – History

What is your year and field of study?
I am currently a senior double majoring in English and History, with a minor in educational studies and a concentration in children’s literature.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have only traveled abroad once before this, and it was when I went with the Gator Marching Band to the London 2012 Olympic Games. I was in London for eight days, exploring and playing at multiple Olympic venues.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am studying abroad with the UF in Cambridge program, so I will be spending one week in Paris and three weeks in Cambridge, where I will be conducting research related to my University Scholars paper and my English honors thesis. I’ve always loved the British Isles and after going there for a short stay during my Freshman year, I have really wanted to go back for a longer period of time. The Cambridge program seemed to offer the perfect mix of what I wanted: more time in the UK, a focus on its history, and an opportunity to conduct further research on Harry Potter.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
While I’m excited for pretty much every aspect of the trip, I think I’m most excited to just get immersed in European culture. I love trying new things and meeting new people, so I’m really looking forward to getting to explore Cambridge, Paris, and London for an extended period of time.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I love to read and write stories, but beyond that I also really enjoy music. I’m currently a fourth year member of the UF Gator Marching Band, and I’ve played clarinet for ten years now. I also really like playing soccer in my free time.