Gabriela: Summer in Fez

Gabriela Yero is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Summer 2018 in Fez, Morocco.  To learn more about Gabriela’s program, click here: UF in Fez – Arabic Language.

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am currently entering my second year at the University of Florida. I am pursuing a major in International Studies with a focus in Europe, and minors in Arabic Language and Literature and Mass Communication.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have travelled abroad, mainly for vacation purposes. I have visited Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, China, Hong Kong, Tunisia, and several countries in Europe, such as, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    Although I have travelled to a plethora of countries, I have never studied abroad before!
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    This summer I will be studying abroad in Fez, Morocco. Although my major is concentrated in Europe, I chose the UF in Fez program because I am learning Arabic and plan to continue with the language until I am fluent. I am eager to learn more about Moroccan culture and broaden my horizons.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    Throughout my stay, I plan to visit other cities within Morocco and maybe even travel to Europe. I am excited to meet new people, strengthen my Arabic proficiency, and most importantly, eat Middle Eastern food. I’m also thrilled to meet and work with ALIF faculty as I have heard wonderful things about their hospitality.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love to write in my free time. I currently write for Society19 and recently had an article featured in the UF Hispanic Communicators Association (HCA) annual magazine. I also LOVE traveling and of course, napping.
  • Anything else you would like us to know about you?
    I speak English and Spanish fluently and am currently learning Arabic, and I plan to learn at least two more languages in the future.

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