School: Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityAIFS Program: Prague, Czech Republic | Fall 2018Biography: Ahoj! My name is Alejandra Mendez and I’m a senior majoring in Sociology at Mount Saint Mary’s University in California. Studying abroad had been my dream ever since I took a class trip to Europe in high school; it turned out to be a trip that opened my eyes to what’s beyond Los Angeles’ sunny skies, and it gave me a new desire to see more of the world! I chose to spend my semester abroad across the pond in the Czech Republic–completely out of my comfort zone, but the best choice I ever made. I resided in Prague, a city as wondrous as it sounds. I immersed myself in the culture and society and came back to the United States feeling, strangely, more like myself than when I left. I want other students to have that same unforgettable experience and I hope to encourage others to take the leap into the unknown. Na shledanou!