Baylee Wolfendale is a University of Florida student studying abroad during the Fall of 2018 in Osaka, Japan. To learn more about Baylee’s program, click here: Kansai Gaidai University.
- What is your year and academic concentration?
I am going into my senior year and am double majoring in History and Japanese, with a minor in Classical Studies.
- Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have travelled to Canada, where my family lives, and we have taken road trips along the eastern provinces, stopping at Montreal and Quebec City. Even though western Canada isn’t too different from America, the province of Quebec sparked my interest in traveling because the moment we crossed the border, all the street signs were in French – it was so fascinating to experience a new culture like that!
- Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
I have never studied abroad before, but have wanted to do so since high school.
- Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I am traveling to Hirakata, Osaka Japan, and will stay there for the Fall semester. I chose to study in Japan because I am going into my third year of studying Japanese, and wanted to improve my language skills through immersion – plus the location of the college itself is amazing. The school is nestled amongst the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, so there are a lot of historical sites and shrines that are chicken soup for my history loving soul.
- What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I’m most looking forward to the food! Osaka is known for having delicious street food, such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki, so I can’t wait to travel to metropolitan areas to try it out.
- What are some of your interests and hobbies?
In my free time I like to cross-stitch, watch Japanese dramas, and explore Gainesville with my friends.
- Anything else you would like us to know about you?
My favorite thing about Gainesville is the abundance of great hiking trails and coffee shops, so I can’t wait to check out the ones in Japan as well!