Udipta Bohara ‘21 (Hollins Abroad – London, Spring 2020)
Hello! My name is Udipta Bohara. I am currently a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Mathematics! I spent my Spring 2020 in London from the Hollins Study Abroad program. Being able to spend a few months in one of the countries of my dreams was not just an eye-opening experience but also an opportunity to take time off and make the most out of undergraduate life. I got a chance to stay with one of the most wonderful families in London and made friends through them as well. If I was not eating the amazing variety of cuisines in London, I was making the most out of traveling to different places through one of the easiest transportation facilities in the world. While adjustments and culture shock was an added experience from moving to London for an entire semester, it definitely made me a stronger and into a global person. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again without a second thought!
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the program or any other concerns you may be thinking about!
Tori Carter '21 (Kansai Gaidai, Spring 2020)
Hello, my name is Tori Carter! I am a senior Creative Writing major with a Communication Studies minor. I studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in the Asian Studies Program in Spring 2020. I adored studying in Japan and making friends with the local and international students. I lived in the dorms but didn't miss out on meeting new people and exploring Japan. I got to take day trips on the weekends and visit temples and museums in Osaka, Kyoto, and other places. I hope to return to Japan one day to work and live there. If you have any questions about my time in Japan or the study abroad experiences, always feel free to contact me!
Julia Sullivan '21 (Spanish Studies Abroad - Seville, J-Term 2020)
Hello everyone! My name is Julia Sullivan. I am a senior double majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Spanish. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain with Spanish Studies Abroad during J-term 2020. My first time traveling alone, as well as leaving the country, began as something stressful but immediately turned into something amazing. Seville, and Spain in general, is a cultural treasure chest packed with so much history and pride. There were so many beautiful places and people that have left an impression on me. (I racked up at least a thousand photos on my camera of all the beautiful scenery and artifacts!) During this short period I had the privilege to explore the Andalusia region of Spain, some highlights including a daytrip to Córdoba and a weekend in Granada. I lived with a host family for the month, something I wish everyone traveling abroad can experience. They helped me navigate life in Seville and fed me lots of delicious food, but also gave me a feeling of comfort when I returned home every day. My literacy and confidence speaking in Spanish skyrocketed by the time I returned to the U.S., something I’m very grateful for. Please reach out to me with any questions if you’re considering spending a J-term studying abroad/in Spain (or if you want to see the photo collection)!
Jyoti Thapa '21 (The School for Field Studies - Fall 2019)
My name is Jyoti and I study Environment Studies and Economics. I love traveling, learning about new cultures and meeting new people. I am also very passionate about international development and sustainability. With this passion, I decided to take on an adventure and fly alone to Siem Reap Cambodia for a SFS Conservation and Development Research program in Fall 2019. The SFS program featured road trip and hikes around the forests, villages, lakes and mountains of Cambodia along with an intensive research curriculum. Living in a country where I spoke no language and knew no one was a learning experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. This program challenged me every day and inspired me to work harder to improve myself academically along with fostering my mental and emotional growth. I was also able to make best friends from colleges around United States, work with local students on a project, live with locals in different villages and hear their inspiring stories. With SFS, I was able to explore the life in Cambodia as a resident than a tourist, something I will always be grateful for.
So, if you are looking for a life changing experience and are passionate about learning different cultures, conducting a research and challenging yourself, SFS is for you. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to talk about my experience.