Kaitlyn O’Malley is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Summer 2018 in Osnabrück, Germany. To learn more about Kaitlyn’s program, click here: UF in Osnabrück – Sustainability and Innovation in Engineering and Planning.
- What is your year and academic concentration?
I just finished my first year at the University of Florida, and am currently going into my second, majoring in Chemical Engineering, although I hope to also obtain a minor in Computer Science.
- Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have traveled abroad many times before, as I was actually born overseas. I was born in Russia and resided there for eight years, and following that, I lived in Saudi Arabia for six years. During that time, I had the opportunity to be exposed to a multitude of different cultures and visit many incredible countries including Italy, France, Poland, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Turkey, Ireland, and Austria.
- Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
Apart from my studies while living in Russia and in Saudi Arabia, I have never taken a study abroad trip. The term “abroad” is rather relative, as it depends where you’re residing at the moment. I suppose that it would be most accurate to say that I have never left the country I was living in to study somewhere else for an extended period of time, and thus I am very excited to do that for the first time, travelling by myself, with the University of Florida.
- Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am studying abroad in Osnabruck, Germany. I selected to study there because it offered an engineering-themed program, and it is one of the few countries I have not yet visited. I am so eager to experience German culture, and to be located in central Europe, where it is very easy to travel to neighboring countries.
- What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
More than anything, I am very excited to meet people and to experience a new culture. I will be traveling on my own for the first time, which is going to be very thrilling, and I also am looking forward to visiting countries near Germany, including the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland, while I am abroad.
- What are some of your interests and hobbies?
Like many STEM students, I spend the majority of my time buried in my studies, as that has always been my top priority, but I also love to play guitar and write (hence the reason I applied to be a blogger). In high school, I majored in creative writing, so writing short stories, memoirs, and poetry has always been a passion of mine.
- Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am actually bilingual (I speak English and Russian)! Even with this fact, though, I am quite nervous (but also excited) to try my best at learning German while I am abroad.