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Spring 2019


Abby Hines

AIFS Program: Grenoble, France
Home University: University of Dayton

My name is Abby Hines, and I am a third-year English major at the University of Dayton. With a double minor in Political Science and French, I am eager to engage in French culture and learn more about Franco-American relations while studying in Grenoble. I love the outdoors and hiking, so Grenoble’s mountains similarly offer a little piece of home for me. My mom also went to UD and studied in France for a short time, so this is an exciting opportunity to connect with her.


Abigail Barr

AIFS Program: Budapest, Hungary
Home University: University of Alabama

My name is Abby Barr. I go to the University of Alabama and I am studying accounting and finance. I chose to study abroad in Budapest, Hungary. My mom’s best friend and her husband live in Budapest and love the city so I chose to study there. A fun fact about me is I have lived in five states and never been out of the country (until now!).


Andrea Perez-Maspons

AIFS Program: Salamanca, Spain
Home University: University of North Carolina – Wilmington

I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying Environmental Sciences with a minor in Spanish. However, this spring semester I will be studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain and I am so excited for this opportunity to enhance my Spanish skills and travel around Spain! I chose Salamanca because it is an incredible little college town with so much history. My family has origins in small towns surrounding Salamanca so I look forward to being able to reconnect and learn more about my culture. Nos vemos en España!


Anna Freeda

AIFS Program: Salzburg, Austria
Home University: University of Connecticut

My name is Anna Freeda and I am a junior at the University of Connecticut studying psychology and communications. I can’t wait to ski and hike the mountains of Austria and eat my way through Europe. I’m looking forward to all the adventures Salzburg has to offer!


Annie Symons

AIFS Program: Granada, Spain
Home University: University of Rhode Island

My name is Annie Symons, I’m from the University of Rhode Island and I picked this study abroad location to increase my Spanish speaking skills and to become more familiar with the Spanish culture. Having spent a weekend in Granada this past July, I fell in love with the culture of Granada; the food, the music, the flamenco and the Moroccan influence and I can’t wait to go back and learn more about the incredible city. A fun fact about me is that I have dual citizenship in both the USA and the UK!


Autumn Cooper

AIFS Program: Cannes, France
Home University: Tiffin University

My name is Autumn Cooper and my hometown is New Lenox, Illinois. My home university is Tiffin University located in Tiffin, Ohio. I chose to study abroad in Cannes, France with a high amount of interest in the International Cannes Film Festival, and to explore the French language more in depth. A fun fact about me is that I am a Fraternal Triplet with brothers both going to school in Joliet, Illinois.


Camille Evans

AIFS Program: Madrid, Spain
Home University: University of Vermont

I’m Camille and I’m a junior at the University of Vermont as a Global Studies major studying abroad in Madrid at Universidad Nebrija. I’m French American which already has many perks but speaking French has most importantly helped me learn Spanish, which is now my passion. I took a gap year before college which ignited my love of solo travel and exploration, during which I spent three months in Barcelona. Now I’m tackling Madrid because it’s new to me and bigger than Barcelona. My favorite ways to discover a new city it getting lost in winding streets, looking for activities off the beaten path, and hopping from one coffee shop to another. In my spare time, when I’m not traveling, I like to learn how to play obscure instruments (like the autoharp). I enjoy cooking, learning history, and reading about far away places. Join me in my quest to know Madrid inside and out!

 


Caroline Morganelli

AIFS Program: Florence, Italy
Home University: University of Rhode Island

My name is Caroline and I’m a junior Public Relations major attending the University of Rhode Island. I have had a passion for traveling ever since I was a little, exploring throughout New England in my spare time with my family. My passion has expanded from the small area of New England, to all of America and now to all of Europe. I plan on using my time abroad to explore not only Florence, but as much of Europe as I possibly can. Studying abroad will unlock numerous doors for opportunities I would have never imagined for my future.

 


Cayley Pinson

AIFS Program: Viña del Mar, Chile
Home University: University of North Carolina – Wilmington

Hi! My name is Cayley Pinson, and I am from Greensboro, North Carolina. My home university is the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I am a Sophomore double majoring in General Sociology and Spanish. I will be studying abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile at Universidad Adolfo Ibañéz for Spring 2019! I am studying abroad because I want an immersive experience to improve my Spanish skills while learning and exploring a culture that is unlike my own. For me, Chile is the perfect place to study abroad because of its rich culture and incredible natural beauty, which will provide me with endless opportunities to travel and make memories! Fun fact about me: I have two Great Pyrenees dogs named Dudley and Tula, who I will miss immensely during my four months abroad!


Christopher Rogers

AIFS Program: San José, Costa Rica
Home University: Niagara University

My name is Christopher Rogers and I am a junior at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY. I am a Spanish Education Major with minors in Latin American Studies and Literacy. My goal is to be a High School Spanish Teacher. This spring, I will be studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica at la Universidad Veritas. I am super excited to learn about the Tico Culture, travel and grow as person while I am in Costa Rica. A fun fact about myself is that I taught at a Bilingual School in Guanacaste, Costa Rica last summer and I am the president of Niagara University’s Spanish Club.


Cindy Baez

AIFS Program: London, England
Home University: Mount Saint Mary’s University

Hi! My name is Cindy Baez, and I attend Mount Saint Mary’s University – Los Angeles. Growing up I’ve always listened to artists from the U.K., and when One Direction stole my heart I swore I’d go there someday so, here I am! Studying abroad in London, England has been a dream of mine for many years, so I’m well excited to go finally! A fun fact about me is that I love art. I can’t wait to visit world-famous museums and take in the beautiful architecture. I enjoy writing and taking photos so feel free to follow my Instagram @cinnamumma to keep up with my adventures!


Devin Story

AIFS Program: Rome, Italy
Home University: University of Alabama

My name is Devin Story and I go to the University of Alabama. I knew that I wanted to go to Europe when I started looking into study abroad, and right away Rome was calling my name. It has a mix of rich history, blossoming culture, and endless amounts of gelato. Fun fact: I can wiggle my ears!


Dmitry Tereshenko
AIFS Program: St. Petersburg, Russia
Home University: University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Hey! My name is Dmitry Tereshenko. I am a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am studying in St. Petersburg, Russia for my Spring 2019 semester. I chose to study in Russia, because my father was born and raised I the Soviet Union. I have always had a connection to Russian and Ukrainian culture and I am excited to explore this area of my identity over the next few months. A fun fact about me is that I have jumped off the world’s tallest bungee jumping bridge!!


Emily Chamberlain

AIFS Program: Barcelona, Spain
Home University: Roger Williams University

My name is Emily Chamberlain and I am an accounting major and french minor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. I chose to go to Barcelona to learn a third language and to go outside my comfort zone. Fun fact: I play rugby!


Emily Goldberg

AIFS Program: London, England
Home University: University of Rhode Island

Hello! My name is Emily Goldberg and I am studying abroad in London, England this spring. At home, I am a business major at the University of Rhode Island. I picked to study abroad in London because I want to experience a diverse culture and get out of my comfort zone. I have never been to Europe so I wanted a destination where I can travel to other places. A fun fact about me is that I am obsessed with coffee and look forward to try different cafes as I travel. I’m very excited to help with the production of this blog and share my journey with other students.


Emma Arian

AIFS Program: Barcelona, Spain
Home University: University of California, Los Angeles

My name is Emma Arian and I attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. I am from Montclair, NJ and am about 45 minutes from NYC, 45 minutes from the Jersey Shore, and 45 minutes from mountains. I picked to study abroad in Barcelona because Barcelona is a city, has a beach, and is surrounded by mountain views which reminds me of home, but it has such a different and rich culture that I had a hard time coming up with any other city to study abroad in. A fun fact about me is I went swimming everyday in Lake Champlain over the summer no matter the weather.


 

Isabella Cigna

AIFS Program: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Home University: Saint Michael’s College

Hey there! My name is Bella Cigna and I’m a junior from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont! I chose Stellenbosch as my study abroad location because I really want to learn more about a culture that I know very little about! It seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to live there for a whole semester. A fun fact about me is that there is a star named after me!


Jordana Terrell

AIFS Program: Hyderabad, India
Home University: Rhodes College

Hey there! My name is Jordana Terrell and I will be blogging for AIFS this year from Hyderabad, India! I am originally from Florida, but I am currently enrolled at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where I double major in English and Theatre. I am the oldest of three siblings and I really love cats, yoga, and Taco Bell. I chose to come to Hyderabad because the Theatre culture throughout India is unlike anything we have in the United States. The way Theatre and Religion intersect here is extremely interesting to me and I am very excited to dive in and learn more throughout this semester.

 


Katherine Simpson

AIFS Program: Barcelona, Spain
Home University: Drake University

My name is Katie Simpson, and I go to Drake University! I chose to study abroad in Barcelona because I wanted to be immersed in European culture while brushing up on my Spanish skills. This semester I found my passion for writing and reporting, and I want to share the stories of the people and places around me. I love the Beatles, Instagram and trying to find the best coffee shops in Des Moines. I am so excited to meet people from across the country and around the world and share my experiences on the blog!

 


Katherine Ong

AIFS Program: Prague, Czech Republic
Home University: UC Berkeley

Hi, I’m Katherine! I’m a junior at UC Berkeley and am studying in Prague. The reason I chose Prague is two-fold: (1) I wanted to challenge myself by learning a language that is very different from what I’ve previously studied (I studied Spanish for six years), and (2) I had the chance to visit Prague a few years ago and became absolutely enchanted by it. Combine the two, and I just knew I had to pick Prague (and attempt to learn Czech in the process.) Fun fact: I love corgis and have been to Corgi Con five times!

 


Kaylee Messina

AIFS Program: Rome, Italy
Home University: University of Massachusetts Lowell

My name is Kaylee and I am a junior English Literature Major and Italian Language and Culture Minor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. I participated in an exchange program to Rome in high school and can’t wait to reconnect with the people and the city I loved so much! I am hoping this trip will push me out of my comfort zone, help me learn about new cultures, and travel deeper throughout Europe. I am very excited to eat, drink, study, photograph and write my way through Italy! A fun fact about me is I hope to perfect my Italian while I’m abroad and become fluent!

 


Laura Prioletti

AIFS Program: Limerick, Ireland
Home University: St. John Fisher College

My name is Laura Prioletti, I am a junior at St. John Fisher College. I am a Psychology major with a minor in economics. I chose to study in Limerick, Ireland because I recently found out it am 56% Irish. About two years ago I did the Ancestry DNA test and the results were 56% Irish and 40% English/Great Britain. I can’t wait to be immersed in the Irish culture and gain a new perspective on where my ancestors are from. I have always dreamed of traveling the world and now I get to live my dream! A fun fact about me is that I collect spoons from every place I travel to. Right now I have about 60. Soon my collection will be growing!

 


Lauryn Long

AIFS Program: Wollongong, Australia
Home University: St. John Fisher College

I’m Lauryn Long and I’m from Rome, NY and attend college at St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY. I chose to study abroad in Australia because I’ve been inspired by many other travelers and the adventures that they have experienced there, and from those adventures the stories that they have told. It’s a whole new environment filled with opportunity which gives me a chance to have my own stories to tell. A fun fact about me is that I am a huge animal lover and my dream is to visit every single country in the world.

 


Leaha Eldman

AIFS Program: Perth, Australia
Home University: St. John Fisher College

Hello everyone! My name is Leaha Eidman and I am a junior at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York! I chose to study abroad in Perth, Australia because I looove warm weather and have always wanted to visit Australia since I was a kid because of Finding Nemo! Something many may not have known about me is that I have traveled outside the USA over 10 times! I am to check off another location and from my goal of traveling the world!!

 


Makena O’Malley

AIFS Program: Athens, Greece
Home University: Washington State University

Hello, my name is Makena O’Malley and I am currently studying abroad in Athens, Greece. I am a junior at Washington State University in Washington State. I decided to study abroad in Athens because of all the history that has happened in Greece and all the amazing historical sites that surround Greece. I am excited to visit and travel to different places in Greece and around Greece and blog about my experiences. I am so excited to make memories and be able to share them with everyone!


Makenna Brandt

AIFS Program: Grenoble, France
Home University: Rhodes College

My name is Makenna Brandt. I am beyond excited to study abroad in Grenoble, France for four months! I chose France because I wanted to immerse myself in French language and culture, and Grenoble specifically because I wanted to live somewhere that would stun me with its beauty every day. I’m originally from Austin, Texas, and I currently study International Studies and French at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. A fun fact about me is that I have a pet snake named Monty the Python who sits on my lap while we watch Netflix together.


Meredith McLaurin

AIFS Program: Rome, Italy
Home University: Mississippi State University

Meredith McLaurin, a Junior from Mississippi State University, is so excited to be sharing her love of words and writing through AIFS as a blogger. She is looking forward to studying in Rome this Spring, which she picked in memory of her grandparents love for the culture in Italy. She is a dog mom to a rescue dog named, Isla, and you will find her with a cappuccino daydreaming about new adventures!


Parker West

AIFS Program: Florence, Italy
Home University: Emmanuel College

Hi, my name is Parker West. I am a junior at Emmanuel College and I am from Boston, MA. I chose to study abroad in Florence as my grandparents are from Prato, and I wanted to learn more about their history whilst experiencing Italian culture. This is my first time studying abroad and I am very excited to explore Florence as well as the rest of Europe, go skiing in the Alps, and make the most of the next four months abroad. A fun fact about me is that I can do 11 back handsprings in a row!


Shaylie Woodford

AIFS Program: London, England
Home University: University of North Dakota

My name is Shaylie Woodford and I am a sophomore at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I am currently studying elementary and middle school education with an emphasis in English and minors in special education, psychology, and reading. It is my dream to be an English teacher. I decided to study in London because it is a city that I have only

ever dreamed of seeing and living in. A fun fact about me is that I am adopted!


Sofia (Rem) Frechette

AIFS Program: London, England
Home University: The Ohio State University

Hey there! My name is Rem and I’m a senior Communications major from Daytona Beach, FL that goes to Ohio State University. I’ve wanted to visit England for over half my life, so being able to achieve this dream through AIFS is beyond exciting! Exploring the city and soaking in the culture for my last semester as an undergrad will be the experience of a lifetime. A fun fact about me is that I love making different music playlists and I’m constantly listening to something new!


Tatum Rales

AIFS Program: Florence, Italy
Home University: Emmanuel College

Hi! My name is Tatum Fales and I am currently a Junior studying Communications and Media Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. I’m thrilled to be spending this Spring semester in Florence, Italy, and I’m eager to share all of my adventures with AIFS and all of you! I chose Florence for my curiosity of the Italian culture, being that my grandparents come from Sicily, and of course for the food! One fun fact about me is that I’m obsessed with the television series One Tree Hill and I have met the cast!


Taylor Mowery

AIFS Program: Berlin, Germany
Home University: Black Hills State University

My name is Taylor Mowery, and I am a third year political science major at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. My main passion is Speech and Debate; I’ve been doing competitive speaking for almost seven years. Besides debate, I love to go outside to explore the beautiful Black Hills, or stay inside and crochet. Going to Berlin for a semester was an easy decision after I visited for two weeks last year; I love how Berlin is constantly reinventing itself as it blends historic and modern culture.


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