Introducing Talia Frankel

Green Mountains, Vermont, USA ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto – All rights reserved

What is/are your major(s)?

Psychology (Cogneuro focus), Communications

What is/are your minor(s)?


What is the name of your study abroad program?

Institute for American Universities 

In what city & country is your study abroad program located?

Aix en Provence, France

What is one thing that you are most anticipating about your study abroad experience?

I am anticipating many incredible personal and cultural experiences both in my study abroad home city of Aix, as well as in the many other cities/countries I hope to travel to while I’m here. I’m thrilled to be meeting so many new people and trying so many new things, but also anticipate the challenges that come with being immersed in a different country’s culture such as homesickness and anxiety.

Why did you decide to study abroad? or What inspired you to study abroad?

I have been anxiously anticipating my study abroad semester for as long as I can remember. My mom was born in Poland and both of my parents value travel and cultural experiences and have encouraged me and my brother to leap at any opportunity possible to do the same. I was particularly interested in travelling to France as I have often felt that I struggle with foreign languages, but since this was the college language I chose to learn I wanted to see how being immersed in that language would help me expand my skills. 

photo of me at a le Parc National des Calanques in the south of France. It was a beautiful beach that my friends and I hiked into to swim and explore for a day.

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