Victoria Bruick is the Online Content Coordinator at IES Abroad and oversees the Global Citizen of the Year Award and the Correspondent Program. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a B.A. in English and Music.
Read below to find out a bit more about Victoria:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
I studied abroad in Cambridge, England at Anglia Ruskin University during college. In high school, I went on a short-term service-learning trip to Tokyo, Japan.
What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?
I feel like I'm half a city person, and half an outdoorsy person. My favorite city I traveled to was Edinburgh, Scotland. I embarked on the trip last minute with a friend when we were studying in Cambridge, and the city absolutely surprised me with its culture, history, and, of course, it's literary significance.
For outdoor adventures, my favorite place is Zion National Park in southern Utah. You enter the park on the canyon floor, and there are so many beautiful hikes up to amazing lookouts.
What is the one item you can't travel without?
My Swiss Gear weekend backpack - I've pushed the bounds and have fit five days in this sturdy pack, and it has saved me from having to pay for my bag on multiple flights.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I'm an avid reader, and I perform on clarinet with the Chicago Citywide Symphony Orchestra and with my church.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Confidence takes practice, so fake it till you make it!
Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.
My family has hosted high school exchange students from China, South Korea, and Germany for the past ten years.
My first day in England running around London before taking a bus up to Cambridge.