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.

Katie: Summer in Rome

Katherine ComfortKatherine is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Rome, Italy. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Rome – Language and Culture

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I’m entering my third year and am majoring in English.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
     I went to Salzburg, Austria, and various cities in Italy when I was 12 because my grandparents had a rite of passage of sorts where they’d take each of their grandchildren, individually, on a trip anywhere in the world once they were at least 10. I’ve also been to various places in Ireland and the United Kingdom with my mom and grandma as a three generations trip because I’d wanted to go to England for most of my life. I’ve never studied abroad before.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I’ll be studying in Rome, Italy. I chose to study there because I went there as a kid but wasn’t able to fully appreciate it and promised myself I’d go back when I was older. Also, I’m really interested in cinema and ancient history, both of which are covered in the program’s culture courses.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy watching films, reading, writing, taking photos and videos, and daydreaming about travel.

Rachel: Summer in Utrecht

Rachel ReissRachel 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 – European Studies

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a Political Science major with minors in History, and Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy. I am also pursuing a Public Affairs certificate and this fall, will be starting a combined degree program to get my Master’s in Management. Evidently, my interests are all over the place!
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
     I traveled to Italy with my favorite high school social studies teacher and 6 friends the summer before my junior year in high school. My teacher led an EF Tour (through the company) every summer, and when I expressed my interest in traveling with her, she told me to choose a destination, and Italy it was! We went everywhere (Venice, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, Florence, Rome). Last winter, I went to Israel on birthright, a Jewish heritage trip for young adults. I went with a total of 40 UF students for 11 days.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying abroad in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, a medieval city with a cosmopolitan feel. It is only about 25 minutes outside of Amsterdam, and will give me the cultural experience I look forward to. Centuries of history, bicycles, canals are as idyllic as they would seem, and this program combines all of my interests in culture, history, and politics into an exchange program where I can learn amongst students from every corner of the globe (not to mention go on multiple European excursions).
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Travel trumps all, though of course, I also love baking – especially healthy treats, reading, writing/blogging, playing music (I play four instruments and used to be a band nerd), watching scary movies, and frequenting coffee shops. I also like to explore outdoors and stay active, so I am super excited about traveling in the Netherlands, since I already have a bike tour and night canoeing trip lined up.

Brianna: Summer in Madrid

Brianna HayesBrianna is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Madrid, Spain. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: USAC – Madrid

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I just finished my second year. I’m majoring in Public Relations with two minors in Spanish and Business Administration.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
      In high school I was in an international studies magnet program, so I had the opportunity to go to Europe twice. The first time was to Italy and the second time was to Germany, The Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. This is my first time studying abroad. 
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I’m studying Spanish and Art History. My Spanish courses are for my minor, and I’ve always had an interest in Art History. It was easy for me to choose Madrid, I’ve known for years I’ve wanted to study abroad here. I’ve been studying Spanish for a few years now, and I’m looking forward to practicing the language as well as living the culture.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
     My two passions are traveling and dancing. I also love baking, yoga, writing and spending too much time in coffee shops.

Emily: Summer in Beijing

Emily CardinaliEmily is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Beijing, China. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Beijing – Chinese Language

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a Journalism senior with a minor in Mandarin.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    My mom is from Taiwan, and we fly out every other summer to see them. I picked up some Chinese here and there that way. I’ve never studied abroad before!
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    This summer, I’ll be studying Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Tsinghua is one of the best universities in China, and UF offered the advanced Chinese classes I needed there, so it was a perfect fit. I’ve never been to China before, only Taiwan, and I’ve wanted to see the mainland for pretty much my entire life.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    As a journalism student, I’m a news junkie. I love to parse through newspapers from all over the world and experience news through different lenses. When I’m not poring through the news, I’m an a knitter just trying to make more than lumpy socks.

Isha: Summer in Brussels

Isha ChoksiIsha is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Brussels, Belgium. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Brussels – European Studies

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a third year (going into fourth year). I’m double majoring in International Studies and French. I’m also pursuing a certificate in EU Studies.  
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    Yes, I have traveled before. I have visited India every other year since I was 4 years old to visit family. I have also visited Italy once and England and France twice each. My first visit to England and France was with family. The second and my visit to Italy were with high school groups. I have never studied abroad and I look forward to my first experience!
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying in Brussels, Belgium at Vesalius College. I chose to study abroad here because I have never been to Belgium and it’s supposed to be beautiful and very centrally located in Europe. Also, it is called the capitol of Europe and I think I’ll be able to hone my french skills as well as learn more about the EU.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I have plans to go to law school so I am involved with Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-legal fraternity on campus. I enjoy mock trial and participate in Phi Alpha Delta’s mock trial program. In my free time, I enjoy reading voraciously and cross-stitching.

Mary: Summer in Madrid

Mary_PolidanMary is a University of Florida student studying abroad this summer in Madrid, Spain. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Madrid – Business

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a Junior Marketing major with a Theatre minor. 
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    No.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying abroad to experience a new culture and improve my Spanish language skills. I chose Madrid, Spain because of its rich culture and incredible art scene. My family had the opportunity to house an international exchange student from Madrid a few years ago and I am excited to experience everything that he described!
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    My interests include theatre, dance, photography, music, and food! I love exploring new places, spending time with my friends, trying new restaurants, and jamming to musicals.