C’Andre: A Year in Nice

C’Andre Codner is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the 2016 academic year in Nice, France. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: SKEMA Business School – Engineering.

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  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am an Aerospace Engineering Major looking to minor in either Theatre or French at the moment.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have traveled to Jamaica many, many times to visit family and friends. I traveled to Vietnam for a month on a missions trip. I traveled to England to visit family and I recently went on vacation in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    Studying abroad in Nice, France will be my first time studying abroad and I am really looking forward to it! I chose this location because it was the perfect combination for me. The university has a flight component where I can begin to earn a pilot’s license and I’ve always wanted to learn French as it is a useful global language. Also, Airbus, one of the companies I want to hopefully work for, has its headquarters in France.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am most looking forward to the freedom of living in a new country and experiencing new things/ a new way of life.

Tabitha: Autumn in Melbourne

Tabitha Baca is a University of Florida student studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: La Trobe University.

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  • What is your year and academic concentration? I’m a Senior working on a Microbiology Major with a Minor in Humanitarian Assistance and International Development.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve grown up traveling thanks to my mom and my scattered family. However, my passion really grew during my freshmen year when I went to under resourced areas of Honduras through Global Brigades to work on a health project. I fell in love with sustainable development. I then spent a month in Ghana, Panama and before I knew it took a whole year off from school to work with Global Brigades in their international office in Esteli, Nicaragua. I’ve travelled quite a bit for someone my age and it’s been driven by my passion for international development.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    Not technically, but during my month in Ghana I spent my time there learning about their healthcare system and the disparity that puts low-income families at risk not only for their health but for their socioeconomic status. The next year I spent a month in Panama and I immersed myself in the indigenous culture and learned about how marginalized they are by their own government. So, although I didn’t technically study abroad I did learn abroad!
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I’m currently studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia! Australian culture is so similar to the US yet there’s so much diversity. I wanted to remind myself that even if you think you’re familiar with a culture, you’re not. Also, I heard the food is amazing!
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    Everything really- food, my classes, the people, the city (but if we’re really being honest Kangaroo sightings).
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love all things outdoors, especially when they involve mountainous structures. Trekking, rock climbing, cliff jumping are all in my top list. I’m also a beach junkie- beach volleyball is my thing but so is just soaking up the sun. I love scuba diving and find so much peace by the ocean. Food is a hobby of mine: cooking, eating, good restaurants, etc. Reading on a hammock is also on my favorite things to do. Basically, anything adrenaline related has my name on it but I’m also a fan of naps on the beach.

James: Autumn in Viña del Mar

James Evans is a University of Florida student studying abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

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  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a junior, majoring in Marketing and English (film/literature) and minoring in Spanish.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I traveled abroad to Europe (France, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain) as part of a backpacking trip after graduating from high school and traveled throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland last summer while studying abroad.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I spent last summer in London, England, with the UF in London – Business program, where I took classes with the Foundation for International Education and interned with the Institute of Economic Affairs, a free-market think tank.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am currently studying abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile. I chose the program in Chile because it offers a truly immersive experience in a culture far removed from my own. As part of an exchange, I will be able to study the Spanish language, Chilean culture (through literature and film), and Latin American business at an acclaimed Chilean university. The opportunity for a home stay and internship/volunteer opportunities made this study abroad experience a perfect fit for my interests and goals.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to meet new people and explore new places. Specifically, I will be volunteering at the 2015 Viña del Mar International Film Festival, and am excited to work with and get to know people involved in the film industry in Chile. I am also excited to go hiking throughout in many of Chile’s scenic national parks, including La Campana and Torres del Paine in Patagonia.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy watching movies, reading books, writing, playing instruments, traveling, and every kind of outdoor activity.

Tayler: Autumn in Egham

Tayler Woelcke is a University of Florida student studying abroad in Egham, Surrey, England. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Royal Holloway University of London.

  • WTayler W (2)hat is your year and academic concentration?
    I am an senior English major with a double minor in Business Administration and Mass Communications.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I was born in Canada and lived there until I was almost ten, so my family and I travelled to Canada a lot when I was younger to visit family and friends, after we moved to the United States. I also went to Italy and Greece before my sophomore year of high school.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I have not.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am studying abroad in Egham, Surrey in England at Royal Holloway. I chose to study there because I really wanted the chance to study English Literature in England. Moreover, the school itself is absolutely beautiful, it looks like a castle, and it’s only 40 minutes outside of London, so I’ll be able to visit the city as often as I choose.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I’m most looking forward to meeting new people abroad. I really enjoy making new friends, and I’m excited to meet lots of new people from different places!
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love spending time with my friends and family, reading, watching theatre, sitting outside with my dog, and meeting new people. Cheers!

Sarah: Autumn in Maynooth

Sarah Stearns is an incoming University of Florida student studying abroad in Maynooth, Ireland. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Maynooth – Innovation Academy.

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  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am an incoming freshman majoring in English and Psychology.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve traveled abroad on short family vacation trips before, but never too far from home. I have been to Canada, Dominica, and Curaçao, to name a few places.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I have not studied abroad before.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am studying abroad in Maynooth, Ireland. My academy at UF (The Innovation Academy) offers this six-week study abroad opportunity to almost exclusively incoming freshmen. I chose to participate in this program to help broaden my perspective on education and culture as well as make new friends before starting classes at UF in the spring.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am excited to become acquainted with Europe and explore Ireland’s unique landscape. I hope while taking classes in Maynooth and traveling across the country I will meet new people and learn more about the world.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy reading and writing.

Laiana: A Year in Mayaguez

Laiana Isabel Lugo Santori is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the 2016 academic year in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: University of Puerto Rico.

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  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a sophomore exploring my possibilities of pursuing a major in visual arts.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have not traveled abroad before.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I have not studied abroad before though I wish to participate in this type of program many more times in the future.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am studying in the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, P.R. I chose to study here because this is where my family is from and through the years I felt as though I was drifting away from my culture and I wanted to reconnect and get to know my heritage better.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am most looking forward to learning through a different cultural perspective. Though I lived in Puerto Rico most of my childhood I barely studied in Puerto Rican schools. I was always in a school in the states or distance learning while on the island so I have barely been exposed to education through this cultural perspective.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I am an artist at heart. I love science and math as well, don’t get me wrong, calculus and biology are fascinating but I am not self driven in them. Art, however, has been in my heart my whole life. I draw, paint and meddle in graphic design as well. Some hobbies are, of course, netflix, knitting (cause I am an old soul in an undergraduate sophomore’s body), dancing alone in my room, crafting, and anything else creative.

Kortney: Summer in London

KortneyKortney is a University of Florida student and returning blogger studying and interning abroad this summer in London, England. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Boston University – London (Internship). 

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a senior Journalism major with a concentration in Psychology.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have been to 13 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. Two summers ago, I visited London for three weeks to visit my sister and took a weekend trip to Norway. Last summer, I studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria for six weeks. I definitely didn’t go there for academic reasons; I studied German and fairy tales while I was there!
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying abroad in London for three months. When I traveled there to visit my sister while she was studying abroad in London a few years ago, I immediately fell in love with the city. Three weeks definitely wasn’t enough time to experience everything the wonderful city has to offer, so I decided to participate in Boston University’s three-month-long internship program. I’m not even sure that will be long enough!
  • 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, and I could design things on the computer for hours. Luckily, London culture values all of these things. I also love hiking and exploring the outdoors, but my biggest passion is definitely traveling.

Layne: Summer in New Zealand and Australia

Layne is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in New Zealand and Australia. If you want to learn more about her programs, click here: UF in New Zealand – Sustaining Humans and their Environments, and here: The Education Abroad Network – Cairns, Darwin, & Sydney (Australian Environment, Wildlife, and Conversation Studies).  

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    My name is Layne Marshall and I’m a soon- to- be junior at the University of Florida. I am pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Conservation with minors in Sustainability Studies and Mass Communication Studies!
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a family that loves to travel just as much as I do, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of amazing places I will never forget. I’ve been to most of the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. I’ve been very lucky to have been able to visit such beautiful places and can’t wait to add Australia and New Zealand to the list! I have never studied abroad before, but it’s always been my plan! Who wouldn’t want to get class credit while exploring a different country?
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I’ve been doing research on where to study abroad for practically two years now! Picking a destination with a new culture to learn about, classes that related to my academic studies, and an environment that brought with it a guarantee for adventure was oftentimes a hard balance. In the end, I found a program through the Education Abroad Network called “Australian Environment, Wildlife, and Conservation Studies.” I have always been intrigued by Australia’s diverse ecosystems, and have seen way too many beautiful photographs to not make it there! I will be also studying abroad through the UF in New Zealand’s “Sustaining Humans and the Environment” program during Summer A of this summer (it ends the day before I start the TEAN program in Australia which is the session I applied to write about). 
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Anyone who knows me will say that most of my passions involve the outdoors in some type of way. I love hiking and exploring and doing just about anything outside. I’m also really interested in nature photography and environmental journalism in attempts to hopefully inspire more people to go enjoy the great outdoors! Travelling and exploring new places is another one of my favorite things to do whether I’m walking around a newly discovered part of campus or trekking up a mountain in Europe. I can’t wait to see what Australia has in store for me!

Lexie: Summer in Seoul

Lexie KrehbielLexie is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Seoul, South Korea. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Hanyang University

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. 
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    Yes, on family vacations to Europe (Spain, Germany, France, England, Italy, Greece). I’ve never studied abroad before, and I’m so excited to!
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying in South Korea. I wanted something that would really stretch me by being a lot different from America and places to which I’ve already traveled.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love to play Ultimate Frisbee (I’m on the UF club team). Besides that, I really like exercising, cooking, singing, playing guitar, crafting, and programming.

Taylor: Summer in Utrecht

Taylor TubbsTaylor is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Utrecht, Netherlands. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Utrecht – Doing Business in Europe

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    My name is Taylor Tubbs and I have just finished my second year at the University of Florida studying Business Economics with a minor in History. In the fall of 2015, I am starting work on my Master’s in International Business degree, which I plan to complete in the spring of 2017.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I decided to travel abroad this summer because I knew it was something that I always wanted to do, and due to restraints on my schedule it is the optimal time for me to go. I have never traveled to Europe before, but have traveled extensively in North America. I’ve been to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and over thirty states. I love America, but I am excited to visit places that have thousands instead of hundreds of years of history.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying abroad in Utrecht, Netherlands for six weeks this summer. I chose this program for multiple reasons: there is a Doing Business in Europe track which suits my major, it is during the summer B term, and it is different from many other programs in that it takes place in a smaller college town as opposed to a huge city such as London or Paris. I have always preferred the small town feel, and the active lifestyle of the Dutch appeals to me as well.
    An active lifestyle is important to me as I am a member of the cross country and track teams at the University of Florida. Studying abroad is logistically difficult since I have to be in Gainesville for practice and competitions during every semester except for summer B. Even though there is not compulsory attendance practice summer B, I still run and train every day during the summer averaging around 50 miles a week of running. Outside of college athletics I am involved in a number of activities at UF. I am a teaching assistant for the principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics classes, where I hold office hours, proctor exams, and create teaching videos for students. I volunteer with Good Will Gators at elementary schools in Alachua County and a representative for SAAC, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Every weekend I get the chance, I drive the three hours south to my hometown of Sebring, Florida. I enjoy fishing, hunting with my little brother and Dad, and riding four-wheelers around our property. I love the small town that I grew up in, but I am excited to see what lies across the pond for me.