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Fall 2018


Jori Bonadurer

AIFS Program: Rome, Italy
Home University: Southern Illinois University

I’m Jori, an art history, English, and classics major from Southern Illinois University with a passion for telling stories. After spending a summer in Pompeii digging up ancient artifacts as an archeology intern, I knew I wanted to return to Italy to study the art and culture I love.
One fun fact is about me is my favorite gelato flavor is stracciatella- a cookies and cream type of flavor I’ll definitely be enjoying a lot during my semester in Rome.


Lindsey Brown

AIFS Program: Florence, Italy
Home University: Chapman University

My name is Lindsey Brown and I am a senior at Chapman University studying Strategic and Corporate Communication. I have been traveling with my family my entire life and thought it was time to do it on my own. I am passionate to see the world and love to dive into new cultures. A huge reason why I picked to study in Florence was to embrace Italian culture by studying fashion, food, and art. A fun fact about me is that I am obsessed with coffee and regularly drive a couple hours just to visit a new coffee shop. Can’t wait to learn about the Italian coffee culture and add some more shops to by 75+ list!


Katie Buerk

AIFS Program: Budapest, Hungary
Home University: Schreiner University

Hello! My name is Katie and I’m a rising junior at Schreiner University where I am studying psychology and business. But as of Fall 2018 I will be living in the beautiful and historic Budapest, Hungary. I chose to study abroad in Budapest because of it’s unique culture and I wanted to challenge myself with a new language. A fun fact about me is that my absolute favorite snack is salsa and queso with some good tortilla chips. Anyways, I’m excited to share my study abroad experience with you and hope you’ll follow along!


Otso Castrén

AIFS Program: Salzburg, Austria
Home University: Christopher Newport University

Hello! My name is Otso Castrén, and I am studying Political Science and Human Rights/Conflict Resolution at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. I will be part of the AIFS program in Salzburg, Austria. Austria has been, and still is, part of the cultural and political heartland of Europe. This very much influenced me as a Poli-Sci student to study there. As a fun fact, I am originally from Finland, and have lived in the US for about 10 years. It will be interesting living in Europe once again, and giving a non-American perspective to everything.


Gillian Fleshman

AIFS Program: Cannes, France
Home University: Manhattan College

Hello and bonjour! My name is Gillian Fleshman and I am a junior at Manhattan College, where I double major in French and Spanish. I chose to study abroad in Cannes because of the gorgeous scenery and rich culture. A fun fact about me is that my dream job is one day working for the United Nations.


Maria Garcia

AIFS Program: Berlin, Germany
Home University: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Hey, there! My name is Maria and I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte majoring in French, German, and International Studies. I chose to study in Germany to improve my German, which is crucial to my professional goal of becoming a multilingual interpreter. I chose Berlin specifically because I am fascinated by its long history and remarkable architecture. One fun fact about me is that I love going to rock concerts!


Maya Gray

AIFS Program: London, England
Home University: Hampton University

Hey! My name is Maya Gray and I am a senior communication major, French minor attending Hampton University in Hampton, VA. I chose to study in London because I want the experience of living and working in a really diverse city. Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved to travel and when I was younger I had the amazing opportunity to live in France for four years! That experience made me realize how much I loved traveling and living abroad! I’m excited to have the chance to work in another country and really become immersed in the culture.

 


Moriah Gregory

AIFS Program: Limerick, Ireland
Home University: Daemen College

Hi my name is Moriah and I am a student at Daemen College, located in Buffalo, NY. I picked Limerick, Ireland as my study abroad location because the University of Limerick offers courses, which apply towards my Athletic Training major. Furthermore, I am excited to study abroad in Ireland because I have a strong Irish heritage. A fun fact about me is that I spent this past summer volunteering within communities throughout the entire province of Québec, Canada. Due to this experience, I know some French and I am continuing to work towards becoming fluent.

 


Beryl  Kessio

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

Beryl Kessio is a senior Howard University journalism major and African Studies minor from Huntsville, AL by way of Kenya. Beryl chose to study in San Jose, Costa Rica because the opportunity to study art and the sociology of sexuality in Latin America while learning Spanish in a place as beautiful as Costa Rica was not to be missed. When they’re not taking photos, writing, cooking or daydreaming, Beryl enjoys dancing to everything from Ella Fitzgerald and Ghost Data to Radiohead and Romeo Santos.


Michelle Laker

AIFS Program: Rome, Italy
Home University: Christopher Newport University

My name is Michelle Laker and I am a senior at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. I will be studying in Rome for two reasons. One, I have been taking Italian for the past 4 semesters and hope to become fluent. Two, my senior research project is studying communication, hospitality, and wine! What better place to incorporate a field study of all these?? To keep up with my experience follow my insta @miiiiich_l A fun little fact about me is that I have eaten a grasshopper taco and actually enjoyed it!


Megan Longerbeam

AIFS Program: Barcelona, Spain
Home University: University of South Florida

My name is Megan Longerbeam and I will be studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain during the Fall 2018 semester. I am a junior studying Global Business and Spanish at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. I’ve wanted to go to Barcelona since High School when I did a project on Gaudi’s architecture and fell in love with his style. This will be my first time in Europe so I’m very excited to go abroad and document my experiences!


Jasmine Middleton

AIFS Program: Granada, Spain
Home University: University of Northern Colorado

Jasmine “Jazzy” Middleton is junior acting major at the University Northern Colorado. She loves to travel and learn languages which drew her to study abroad. She aspires to mix her love for theater, traveling, and writing to travel the world in search of art. She is apart of the 2018 fall class at the University of Granada.


 

Paul  Murphy
AIFS Program: Budapest, Hungary
Home University: University of Massachusetts – Lowell

 


Kaitlyn Parra

AIFS Program: Granada, Spain
Home University: California Lutheran University

Kaitlyn is kicking off her junior year by studying abroad in Granada, Spain. As much as she will miss Cal Lutheran (especially since it is 20 minutes from the beach), she is looking forward to living in Spain and visiting London and Morocco. She chose Spain to work towards her goal of becoming a bilingual teacher, along with experiencing Spain’s rich cultural history and stunning architecture. A fun fact about Kaitlyn is this will be her first time out of the country. Feel free to follow her Instagram @kaitlynparra to request any blog posts you would like to see!


Emma Petersen

AIFS Program: San José, Costa Rica
Home University: Eckerd College

I am excellent at walking on ice; yet, if I stand still for too long on it, I fall. I am clumsy in stagnation, which is why I am so grateful for AIFS. #AIFSabroad has lent their hand, and will not let me fall into boredom. In Costa Rica, I can begin my study of marine biology before heading to Eckerd College. Ironically enough, I won’t have to worry about falling since nothing is frozen in Costa Rica. My name is Emma Petersen, but you can call me Victoria. I am anxious to begin my story and to share it.


Teresa Price

AIFS Program: Athens, Greece
Home University: University of California, Los Angeles

My name is Teresa. I’m going into my third year as a psychology and classics double major at UCLA. Visiting Athens has been a dream of mine since I was nine years old, and I’m ecstatic to be studying there this fall and working on my Greek language skills. I’m also a scuba diver and hope to experience Greece both above and below sea level.


Hayley Pugh

AIFS Program: Salamanca, Spain
Home University: Texas A&M University – Commerce

I’m Hayley Pugh, and I am finishing up an English degree at Texas A&M University – Commerce. At my university, I met two professors from Salamanca, Spain, one friend who pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, and one English professor with a passion for travel writing. They collectively encouraged me to spend my fall semester in Salamanca and complete a thesis on travel writing along the way. I want to make a genuine effort to learn about and experience life from another perspective, and I want to share as much of it as I can with you!


Meg  Remick

AIFS Program: Hyderabad, India
Home University: Alma College

Meg Remick is from the eastern coast of the US where she grew up on either on the salty water or somewhere in the mountains of Acadia National Park. She was bitten by the travel bug early and was granted many opportunities to travel across the US and internationally. In the end, leading her to come to India in Fall of 2017 where she fell completely in love with the people, food, and tea- so much so she could not leave after just one program. So, she has stayed and continues to attend the University of Hyderabad studying many subjects; from Political Science to the Fine Arts, using her free time to dabble in photography, casual writing, and exploring the city. By living in India for over a year, she has accumulated quite a collection of experiences that she is excited to share with you!


Megan Rodgers

AIFS Program: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Home University: University of Arkansas

My name is Megan Rodgers and I am a sophomore Political Science, International Studies and Spanish major at the University of Arkansas. I believe that experiential learning is one of the most important parts of a well rounded education and within my field of study, study abroad is the perfect opportunity to fulfill that goal. I chose to study abroad in Buenos Aires because it is the perfect place to study a wide variety of political and cultural topics while increasing my Spanish proficiency and enjoying life in one of the biggest South American cities!

 


Jenna Roesch

AIFS Program: Florence, Italy
Home University: Youngstown State University

My name is Jenna Roesch and I am a senior communications major at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. I am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania which is the snowiest city in the United States! I am most excited to study abroad in Florence, Italy this fall semester at the University of Richmond because I have dreamt of traveling to Italy since I was young. I can’t wait to experience the culture of Europe and travel to see as much as possible in four months! A fun fact about me is that I’m in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of people dressed as penguins in one place at one time. This record was broken at Youngstown State University because our mascot is Pete the Penguin.

 


Alexis Saldivar

AIFS Program: St. Petersburg, Russia
Home University: The University of Alabama

My name is Alexis, but most of my friends call me Lexi. I go to the University of Alabama and am majoring in International Studies with minors in Russian and Creative Media. Since I’m studying Russian, going to Russia with AIFS was a no-brainer for me! A fun fact about me is that this summer I met my favorite band, Thirty Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto + Shannon Leto), and Jared Leto himself picked me to come onstage with him!

 


Briana Shervinskie

AIFS Program: Athens, Greece
Home University: Capital University

Hi, my name is Briana Shervinskie and I am a junior at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. I am thrilled to be studying abroad in Athens, Greece. I have wanted to go to Greece for as long as I can remember, but honestly, after watching The Durrells of Corfu, I knew I needed to go on an adventure to Greece, too. I can’t think of any fun facts, so here’s just some facts: I like to do yoga, drink coffee, climb trees, and I love dinosaurs.

 


Catherine Slabaugh

AIFS Program: Florence, Italy (Internship)
Home University: California Lutheran University

Ciao! My name is Catherine Slabaugh and I am studying in Florence, Italy this fall. I am participating in the Internship Program here in Florence, so outside my three classes I will be holding an internship at a local Florence business. At home, I attend California Lutheran University where I study Public Relations and Theology & Christian Leadership. I chose to study abroad in Florence for an opportunity to dive into the rich Italian culture, be surrounded by history and beauty daily, and step out of my California comfort zone. A fun fact about myself is that I am on the softball team at my University! I’m looking forward to writing an authentic and unique blog about my time here in Florence.

 


Meghan Wanttaja

AIFS Program: Barcelona, Spain
Home University: University of Arkansas

¡Hola! My name is Meghan Wanttaja and I am currently a student at the University of Arkansas. I am studying International Relations and Global Studies with a minor in marketing. The fall of 2018 I will be studying abroad in the lovely city, Barcelona. I chose this city due to it’s beautiful architecture, exciting way of life, amazing location, and most importantly, the Spanish culture. Traveling is something that “makes you better, kinder, smarter… a game changer” once said by a role model of mine. Fun fact: I am obsessed with fruit.

 


Jessie Westover

AIFS Program: Salzburg, Austria
Home University: Colorado State University

My name is Jessie, and I’m a fourth year student at Colorado State in Fort Collins. I picked Salzburg as my study abroad location for a few reasons: I’m minoring in German at CSU, and also because the size and location of the city seemed perfect for me! It’s also absolutely beautiful, and full of rich history and culture. A fun fact about me is that I’m American, but I have never went to high school in the US!

 


Megan Wolfe

AIFS Program: Granada, Spain
Home University: California Lutheran University

Hola! My name is Megan and I go to California Lutheran University. Although I will always be a California girl at heart, I am so excited to be able to go to Granada, Spain this semester. While abroad, I will be looking to improve my Spanish and soak in the vibrant culture that comes with Spain. When I am not studying, chances are I will be eating churros with chocolate or packing my hot pink backpack to go explore!

 


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