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)?

Biology

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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Introducing Maddie Adams

What is/are your major(s)?

International Studies

What is/are your minor(s)?

Economics & Russian 

What is the name of your study abroad program?

ISA: History, Culture, and Politics – Charles University 

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

Prague, Czech Republic

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

I am looking forward to exploring the Czech Republic and other countries in Central Europe. My program has a couple exciting local excursions in the works, but I am also planning on taking advantage of Europe’s robust transportation system and visiting various countries. Since the start of my program, I managed to take a weekend trip to Berlin! 

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

When I was younger, I was fortunate to be able to take short overseas trips and even spend a little time living abroad in Asia during middle school. Those initial experiences made me realize that I wanted to continue to learn about other cultures and study International Relations in college. I figured there was no better way to learn about another culture than to live in it. As a curious person that enjoys learning new things, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and immerse myself in another language and way of life. Study abroad allows me to do just that. 

the photo is me (second from the left) with friends on my program celebrating the end of orientation with some gelato.