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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    Lucius Mitchell

    Greetings reader, my name is Lucius. I’m a global economics major, and I studied this last summer in Berlin, through UCEAP’s Berlin Summer program at Free University Berlin (FUB). Founded in 1948,…

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    Jaydah Branch

    My name is Jaydah Branch, and I’m a Linguistics major who had the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea for an academic year. As a low-income, African-American student,…

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    Fiona Lee

    My name is Eunseo Fiona Lee (she/her/ella) and I am pursuing a double major in Politics and Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism. I studied away in UCEAP’s University of Bordeaux program for my…

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    Shannon King

    My name is Shannon King. I’m an Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism major with a minor in Linguistics and a teaching certificate in TESOL, and I studied in UCEAP’s University of Bordeaux program…

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    Griselda Carolina Torres

    My name is Griselda Carolina Torres. I am a Psychology major, and I studied abroad in UCEAP’s Yonsei University program in Seoul, South Korea, in fall 2021. I decided that I wanted…

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    Chailen August

    I’m Chailen August. I’m a fourth-year Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) major Black Studies minor and I studied abroad in Ghana through UCEAP’s University of Ghana program. Studying abroad as a black person,…

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    Celia Debonnet

    My name is Celia Debonnet. I’m a Business Management Economics major, and I studied in UCEAP’s University of Bordeaux program in France during Fall 2022. Studying away as an American raised in…

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    Edwina Malmberg

    My name is Edwina, I’m a Sociology major and I participated in the AFS Intercultural Exchange Program in Indonesia. Studying abroad as a Panamanian female from a low-income background was eye-opening.…

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    Sereena Yeghiazarian

    Ever since I could remember, I have always dreamt of studying abroad. Growing up, I would close my eyes, spin a globe, and blindly point my finger out to land…

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    Samantha Keefer

    My name is Samantha Keefer and I am a fourth-year Psychology and Education double major. I participated in the UCEAP Made in Italy program in Florence, Italy in Fall 2019. Studying away…

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Last modified: May 24, 2024