Michaela: Spring in Paris

Michaela BisienereMichaela is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring in Paris, France. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Paris – Business

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I’m a junior journalism major pursuing a concentration or a minor in business.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve traveled to Paris, France and Bogota, Colombia in the past. I traveled to Paris twice, once to stay with family friends for a month over the summer vacation while I was in high school and once on a shorter trip as a high school graduation present. I traveled to Bogota during high school through a non-profit project that I began with a friend who was from Colombia.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I will be studying abroad in Paris, France. I had such a hard time choosing where to study abroad and spent ages trying to pick a place. The programs through the business school seemed to fit really well into the classes I needed to take for my business concentration, and so I narrowed it down to the four cities offered (Paris, London, Rome, and Madrid). I changed my mind more times than I can count, but in the end my love of the French language and captivation with the city of Paris kept nagging at me. I’ve always wanted to become fluent in French, and studying abroad in Paris while taking intensive language classes seemed like the best opportunity for me to do so.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love traveling in every form, particularly road trips and exploring new places. I’ve always loved music and seeing my favorite musicians play live, and I’m a total foodie – my goal is to try as many new restaurants and foods as I can while abroad. To relax, my favorite thing to do is cook or bake. As a journalism major, I read everything I can get my hands on. From news websites to magazines to long novels, I like all kinds of literature and always have stacks of books and magazines covering every surface of my room.

Angela: Spring in Madrid

Angela SkaneAngela is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring 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?
    Junior Journalism minor in Spanish.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    Yes. I have been to Madrid before. I went for a summer when I was in High School and stayed with a family. I knew the family because the previous year I had housed Marta, the daughter in Florida. 
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying in Madrid and I chose to go there because I have wanted to return since I left! I have friends in Spain and I am so excited to be able to immerse myself into the culture and see my friends again. I love Spanish culture. 
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I like to try new foods and travel. I love to sail and I look forward to finding a place to sail in Spain.

Christopher: Spring in Berlin

Christopher LyonsChristopher is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring in Berlin, Germany. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: TASSEP – Technische Universität Berlin

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I’m a sophomore studying math and physics.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve never studied abroad before, but I visited Germany about 3 years ago with my family. It was a gift to me for my 16th birthday. I’ve always liked Germany, and have wanted to visit there for a long time.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I chose TU Berlin because it was a cost-efficient option that offered some courses I can take for my major. It’s part of a UF-affiliated program called TASSEP, which is specifically for science and engineering undergraduate students. I’m also attracted to the big-city environment Berlin will offer, and am looking forward to living in a city with such a deep cultural history.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I like listening to music, running, and watching movies.

Naomi: Spring in Jerusalem

Naomi LevineNaomi is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring in Jerusalem, Israel. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Hebrew University

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    3rd Year Family, Youth and Community Science major with a minor in Jewish Studies
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve been to Israel a few times previously and have done service projects in Uruguay and Jamaica. 
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am taking Jewish Studies classes for my minor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Israel is a beautiful country with an amazing culture, and I am so excited to be living and learning there for a semester. 
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love playing music, photography, zentangling, working at summer camp, good cups of tea, being with my family, traveling, and finding new recipes that use avocado. 

Lindsay: Spring in London

Lindsay MacMillanLindsay is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring in London, England. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: FSU – London (Broad Curriculum Program)

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I’m a sophomore Classics major, minoring in English and Communication and on the pre-law track.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose? 
    Before my senior year of high school, I visited London, Paris, Bormio (a small city in the Alps), Venice, Florence, and Rome.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I’m headed back to London on the Florida State University Broad Curriculum Program, where I’ll be taking Women, Children, and Slaves in Ancient Rome, Public Speaking, Intro to Shakespeare and British Life and Culture. I really enjoyed my time in London when I was last there, so I wanted to have the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the culture and travel to more European destinations. 
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love spending time with friends and family, drinking tea, yoga, watching Downton Abbey, going on adventures, and meeting new people. Cheers!

Jessica: Spring in Osnabrück

Jessica SmithJessica is a University of Florida student studying and interning abroad this Spring in Osnabrück, Germany. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Hochschule Osnabrück – University of Applied Sciences – Business Internship

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a second year Finance major.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve been to Germany twice when I was younger (about five and eight), and recently this past summer I went to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I am studying abroad in Osnabrück, Germany. I really wanted to study abroad in Germany because I really love the area, and Osnabrück is really close to a lot of places that I’ve always wanted to go to. I also hope to improve my German and make connections in a country outside the States. Finally, I chose a program that I knew would be north enough for me to see snow and experience winter!
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I’m really interested in current events ranging from politics to business and science. Right now I am particularly interested in the aerospace industry and learning astronomy. I also love to hike, play tennis, cook, swim, sing, and travel! I am an avid sports fan and love football and hockey, but am also looking forward to going to a soccer game!

Tiffany: Spring in Manchester

Tiffany ShacklesTiffany is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Spring in Manchester, United Kingdom. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Manchester Business School

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a 3rd year Marketing major with a minor in Nonprofit organizational leadership.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose? 
    I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Haiti with my church doing VBS for the kids there, and to Turkey with some friends from college that play Ultimate Frisbee for an event called “Sports Fest,” in Istanbul. I also have traveled to Europe quite a few time: I went to London and Paris in my sophomore year of high school, and have been on two Mediterranean cruises with family that traveled through: England, Portugal, Spain, Italy and France. Needless to say, I’m kind of addicted.
  • Why did you choose the program you’re studying on?
    I will be studying abroad at the University of Manchester (in the Manchester Business School) in Manchester, England. I am doing an Exchange program, and will be the only student studying there this semester from the University of Florida. I wanted to study somewhere in Europe, but I was a little nervous to go completely alone. So, instead of just not going anywhere, I decided to go to England where there wouldn’t be as much of a language gap (seeing as English is the only language I know). Studying in England will give me the opportunity to make friends and really enjoy my college swap experience, while also being able to travel around Europe.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy running, hiking, skiing, enoing (hammocking)… I really just love being outside! I also love dancing, watching Netflix, eating sushi, singing at the top of my lungs, and just enjoying other people’s company.

Lane: Fall in Tel Aviv

Lane Sheldon

Lane Sheldon is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Fall in Tel Aviv, Israel. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: Tel Aviv University.

I am a third year studying English Literature and Political Science. I haven’t done much traveling before this, aside from going on Birthright last December and some trips to Mexico and the Caribbean. This is my first time studying abroad and I’m studying at Tel Aviv University. I chose to study here because on my first trip to Israel last December I fell in love with Israel and I knew without a doubt that I wanted to come back and get a better feel of the country and this region of the world. I’ve been in Israel for two months at this point and as I’ve been here through the present conflict, I’ve come to learn so much about this country, its way of life, and its conflicts. Continuing to learn as much as possible about Israel and the Middle East, both in and out of the classroom, is what I look forward to most about the rest of my study abroad experience. Oh, and a three week backpacking trip through Europe! Some of my interests and hobbies includes writing, reading, singing loudly in the shower, mock trial, binge watching Parks and Recreation on study breaks and taking too many naps. 

 

Christian: Fall in Madrid


Christian Pain
 is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Fall in Madrid, Spain. If you want to learn more about his program, click here: UF in Madrid-Business.

What is your year and field of study?
I am a senior and a public relations major. I will be earning a concentration in business after this abroad program.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have not traveled abroad.

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I chose to study in Madrid because I am fluent in Spanish and I figured exploring the country’s culture would be a much more enjoyable and enlightening experience without the worry of a language barrier.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I’m excited to see the world outside the states. I want to experience fist-hand these differences in culture everyone seems to hype up. I want to change, modify and expand my perspective on the human experience. Naturally, crossing the Atlantic ocean seemed like a relevant idea.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I am very much interested in topics related to metaphysics, historical mysteries and paradigm-shifting archaeological findings. Lately, I’ve been reading Graham Hancock’s work, which I find interesting in an investigative journalistic way. As hobbies, I like to do some spray paint art once in a while, I like to play soccer, as I am an avid follower of the sport, and I enjoy both recreational reading and writing.

Melissa: Fall in Dublin

Melissa Grafton is a University of Florida student studying abroad this Fall in Dublin, Ireland. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Dublin Institute of Technology.

What is your year and field of study?
I am a Senior Telecommunications major with an outside concentration in Theatre.

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I travelled to Greece for one month last summer to visit friends and gain cultural diversity. What an amazing experience that was to live on the Mediterranean Sea and spend my days swimming, fishing and hunting for octopus

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
I have never studied abroad before. 

Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
I’m going to Ireland for the Fall term because my ancestors are from there so I’m fulfilling my lifelong dream to see all the beautiful landscapes and get back to my roots. I’m gonna perfect my Irish accent! 

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and networking as well as traveling. Moving from Miami to Gainesville was small shock compared to this trip but I’m so ready for this move. I really want to see all the cliffs and hills. 

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I am taking Film & Broadcasting classes so I hope to make a short film, maybe a fantasy themed short because of the scenery. I want to keep this blog up to date and I really enjoy cooking so maybe I’ll incorporate that into my blog: different ways to eat a potato…I’ll call it, “The Daily Spud” or something to that affect.