Jessica Valdes is a University of Florida student studying abroad for Summer B 2016 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. To learn more about her program, click here: UF in Rio – Language and Culture.
- What is your year and academic concentration?
I am a rising junior studying Political Science with a concentration in Latin American Studies and Portuguese.
- Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have had the experience of living in different countries. I was born and raised in the island of Cuba, and later I lived in Santiago, Chile with my family for three years. I have also visited Mexico and Panama.
- 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 am studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I chose to study in Brazil because I believe Brazil is indeed the country of the future. Brazil´s economic power and vibrant culture has always captured my attention. I am invested in fully understanding the Brazilian culture and becoming fluent in Portuguese. As a future international law attorney, I will represent clients from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, especially from Brazil. Understanding the Brazilian culture and language will allow me to serve my clients better.
- What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I am looking forward to immersing myself in the Brazilian culture by enjoying the food, folklore and history of the country and its people. Of course, I am looking forward to seeing your typical tourist sites such as Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema Beach and living in the famous neighborhood of Copacabana. I also want to work hard in my classes so that I can better communicate and write in Portuguese. Overall, I want to experience what it is like to live in the “cidade maravilhosa” or marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro.
- What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I am interested in International Relations, politics, the arts, traveling and foreign languages. As for my hobbies, I enjoy a trip to the beach or swimming in the pool, dancing, music and reading books and articles.