Student Stories

In this series, students explore their global experiences in relation to their identities by asking, “Who am I abroad?”

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    Daniel Westbrook

    My name is Daniel Westbrook and I recently graduated from John R. Lewis College at UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Philosophy. I studied…

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    Anya Hynell

    Hi! My name is Anya and I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain through UCEAP’s Complutense University of Madrid program in fall 2022. I am a psychology major currently exploring Ph.D. programs to…

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    Janan Ali

    My name is Janan Ali, and I am a nontraditional, 2022 UC Santa Cruz, Film and Digital Media graduate. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study Film History…

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    Eliza Beam

    My name is Eliza Beam, and I am a second-year Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) major with a minor in Education. I studied abroad in Ireland during summer 2022…

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    Alcides Fuentes

    My name is Alcides Fuentes, and I am a recently graduated transfer student. My family and I are from El Salvador and immigrated to the United States in 2007. I…

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    Colby Grey

    My name is Colby Grey, and I am a Philosophy major. I studied abroad twice as a UCSC student. In fall 2021, I studied on an Independent Program through CIEE…

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    Lauren Feder

    My name is Lauren Feder, and I am a recently graduated psychology major who was lucky enough to spend my last summer quarter as a UCSC student in Sorrento, Italy…

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    Sammy Moore

    My name is Sammy Moore, and I am a double politics and philosophy major. I participated in both UCEAP and UCDC, attending the UCEAP program in Edinburgh, Scotland in fall…

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    Maya Amin

    My name is Maya, and I am a politics and legal studies double major at UCSC. I recently participated in the Global Seminar: Writing 2 in Ireland Research and Travel…

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    Esteban Rosales

    My name is Esteban Rosales, and I’m a Human Biology major. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, through the UCEAP Made in Italy Florence Program in summer 2022 I’ve always…

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Last modified: May 24, 2024