Fall 2021 Bloggers

Lauren Kerr
University of Tulsa
Seoul, South Korea

안녕하세요! (Hi!) My name is Lauren and I am a fine arts major with an emphasis in photography. I will be studying at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. This will be my second time studying abroad but my first time staying in one country for the full semester. Before, I was only able to visit each country for a week or so; I’m looking forward to being able to truly experience and live in one place. I love to explore off the beaten path and find the small details that make each country wonderful.

Ruona Odharo
Identity & Inclusion Blogger
Sam Houston State University
Seoul, South Korea

Hi hi, my name is OgheneRuona Odharo but I go by Ruona. I am a senior studying Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. I am originally from Nigeria, and I love to eat, watch anime, dance, and cook. I have been a fan of Korean culture ever since I moved to America. I was intrigued by their custom, clothing and language. During my time in Seoul, South Korea, I would like to explore their culture, learn their language and make some new friends. I am happy to finally go to the country I have always dreamt of going to and can’t wait.

Abigail Wellings
Identity & Inclusion Blogger
Frostburg State University

Seoul, South Korea

안녕하세요! 반갑습니다 (Hi! Nice to meet you). My name is Abby and I am a senior psychology major at Frostburg State University. Being a first-generation college student has given me a different set of lenses for the world and the unlimited adventures I can embark on, especially the once in a lifetime opportunity of studying abroad in South Korea. As an aspiring future clinical psychologist, I hope to become more globalized in order to give everyone I interact with the best experience possible; but I am also just looking forward to exploring and getting the most out of life!

Henry Hargrave
University of Denver
Seville, Spain

Howdy! My name is Henry and I’m a third-year student at the University of Denver studying strategic communication and Spanish. I’m originally from Denver, but I grew up in Austin, Texas. I hope to work in the media relations field in the future. Among other things, my passions include writing, film and Colorado sports. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to study abroad in Seville this fall and improve my Spanish language skills, and my hope is to truly get to know the heart of the city during my time there. Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

Danna Lopez-Flores
Identity & Inclusion Blogger
Arizona State University

Granada, Spain

Hi! My name is Danna and I’m a junior at Arizona State University. I’m majoring in political science with a minor in non-profit studies. I hope to make the most out of my semester abroad in Granada, Spain. As a first generation Mexican immigrant, I’m so excited to explore and learn more about the different aspects of the Spanish language as they relate to different countries and cultures. I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

Lucia Sanchez
of Kentucky
Milan, Italy

Hello! My name is Lucia Sanchez and I am from Nashville, Tennessee. I am originally from Seattle, Washington and I attend school at The University of Kentucky. I am pursuing a dual degree in marketing and fashion merchandising, with a minor in dance. While studying abroad, I am looking forward to embracing the culture of Italy while simultaneously becoming inspired careerwise. I have never traveled abroad so I am both excited and somewhat nervous about this experience. I look forward to all the friends and new places I will come across in Milan. Ciao!

Demetria Ober
Identity & Inclusion Blogger
Texas Woman’s University

Granada, Spain

My name is Demetria Ober. I am 21 years old and currently study at Texas Woman’s University in Denton Texas. I am pursuing a major in social work and my minor is in medical Spanish interpretation. I am a first generation college student that also happens to experience the disability of blindness. I have decided to embark on a studies abroad experience because I am hoping to not only become a fluent Spanish speaker, but also push myself in many ways with the hopes of achieving independence and self-confidence within my capabilities. I have decided to study abroad in Granada Spain for the fall 2021 – spring 2022 academic school year. I have also made the courageous decision to not bring my service dog of which I have had for the past three years. This is the ultimate test for me, and I am excited to share my journey and experiences with you!

Nadine El Maalem
Identity & Inclusion Blogger
Rowan University

Meknes, Morocco

I am a first-generation, Moroccan-American student at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. I’m majoring in Communication Studies, with minors in International Studies and Arabic Studies. I love studying languages, including practicing the local dialect of Arabic in Morocco (Darija). When I’m not in class, I like to play guitar, watch true crime, and wander about the city! I look forward to getting further in touch with my heritage as a Moroccan-American during my program in Morocco, and I hope to make more friends, engage further with locals in my host community, and leave a lasting and positive impact in Meknes!