Student Stories

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

If you would like to be connected with a study abroad alum who has participated in your program or country of interest and shares your identity, please submit the Connect with Alumni Request Form, and we’ll follow up with you by email.

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  • Portrait of a person

    Lucia Ortiz

    Studying abroad had been a dream of mine since my first year. I didn’t know how I was going to do it or when I was going to do it…

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  • Portrait of a person

    Ashley Bayman

    Ashley Bayman, a study abroad advisor, discusses studying abroad as a low-income, first-generation, transfer student of color in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

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  • Portrait of a person

    Sakoya Hart

    Sakoya Hart, a fifth-year FDM & EEB double major, discusses studying abroad as an EOP student in Costa Rica through UCEAP’s Tropical Biology and Conservation program.

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  • Portrait of a person

    Christina Yu

    Christina Yu, a third-year Cognitive Science major, discusses her experiences as an Asian-American while studying abroad in Rome, Italy through UCEAP’s Art, Food, and Society program.

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  • Portrait of a person

    Elisabet Garcia

    Elisabet Garcia, a fifth-year Anthropology major, discusses studying abroad as a first-generation college student from a low-income background and as a queer Latina in UCEAP’s Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de…

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Last modified: May 24, 2024