Bonjour, Ciao, Hola…or just Hello! My name is Hannah Abel, and welcome to my Summer 2015 Study Abroad blog. I am a rising senior at the University of Miami in sunny Coral Gables, Florida majoring in Human and Social Development with minors in Education and Psychology and a dream of becoming a speech pathologist. A far cry from the art and museum studies courses I will be taking in Paris, Rome and Madrid these next seven weeks but I am beyond excited to be spending my summer living and learning in three of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
There is not much time until I depart for Paris, and everybody keeps asking me what I am most looking forward to, which is hard because I do not have a definitive answer just yet. While I am excited to celebrate my twenty-first birthday and take fun tourist-y pictures, I think if anything I am most excited to just get started. I have never been to Paris or Rome before, and I think it will be fun to return to Madrid, a city that I got to visit during my senior year of high school as a two-week exchange student. I have had several friends study abroad in the past year and they keep telling me about their experiences and places I should visit, but I know that nothing will compare to arriving and seeing each of these beautiful cities firsthand. I have been planning and thinking about this trip for five months now and cannot believe how close it is.
I am eager to expand my horizons through this study abroad experience as I cross the milestone off my college bucket list. I have become an avid traveler over the last few years, visiting places such as the Dominican Republic, Japan, and South Africa, but I cannot help but smile as I think about what it will be like living in a foreign country…or three for that matter. I am also looking forward to meeting the other participants in the program. It will be different not traveling with family or anybody who I already know, but together we will embark on the unknown through a brand new program exploring the best that Europe has to offer. I hope that you enjoy following me as I blog and share photos from this one-of-a-kind European adventure.
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Hannah is a rising senior at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, majoring in Human and Social Development with minors in Psychology and Education. When she is not in class, Hannah serves as Vice President of Coordinators on the Panhellenic Executive Board and a member of the Student Government Senate as well as being a member of the Homecoming Executive Committee and Kappa Kappa Gamma. While she has been on a safari in Africa and tried fresh sushi in Japan, this will be her first time studying and traveling in Western Europe, a dream of hers since high school. She is excited to document her adventures and hopes to share this blog on the study abroad adventure of a lifetime.