Hi, I'm Sera! I'll be studying abroad in Merida, Mexico during the summer of 2023 as a rising senior at Temple University. As an art history student, I'm excited to explore the art and culture in the beautiful city of Merida. Growing up as a Korean immigrant in the United States, I've always been interested in learning about different cultures and perspectives. This will be my third study abroad experience, after Temple Rome and Temple Japan.
Hey! I'm Jam, a psych major with a history minor in the class of 2025. I'm studying abroad in Mexico this summer and I'm so excited to learn more about pre-colonization Mexican history and develop a deeper understanding of the past and present culture of the Yucatan. As a member of the LGBT+ community and a disabled person, I look forward to comparing my experiences in the U.S. and Mexico and to forming a community while I am there.
Hello! My name is Tonian Williams, and I am a senior architectural design student who studied abroad in Italy in the fall of 2022. I was given the opportunity to live and study in Rome through the assistance of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship which funded most of my expenses. My view of living in another country has been altered by my experience of living in Italy. I was able to travel to many parts of Italy, meet interesting people, and developed my Italian linguistic education.
Hello all, my name is Abraham Paroya and I am studying at Temple Rome for the spring semester. I am a computer engineering major and enjoy learning about topics such as signal processing and machine learning. I decided to do this study abroad program to jump out of my comfort zone and learn more about the people and cultures of the world. Through the lens of a Pakistani-American, I hope my blog posts will offer a different viewpoint of the minority communities living within Rome.
Hello, my name is Alyssa Ruste. I'm from Cerritos, California. I'm a senior at Chapman University, graduating May 2023 on my birthday. I am excited to start my full-time role as a DAT associate with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in July 2023. I am passionate about sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion.
I am a current junior at Temple University studying for the semester in Rome. I am currently studying psychology and pursing a minor in nutrition. One of the great things about coming to Rome is the food culture and history and how much it means to the Italian people. Living in a different country is a major adjustment, but it has been extremely fulfilling so far and it's been exciting to be able to deep dive into the culture here and learn more about my own identity while being abroad.
Hi, I'm Sam and I'm studying abroad in Samoa during the fall of my junior year. My program (SIT Samoa) focuses on social and environmental change in the pacific islands, so we will be visiting Hawai'i and Fiji as well. I am very passionate about the environment and sustainability and I'm interested to see up close the effects that climate change has on the pacific islands. I love nature and being outside, so I am very excited to be studying in such beautiful places.
Chason Rice is one of the music world's best-kept secrets. With an associate's degree in music, Chason has developed a repertoire of infectious arrangements and production from pop to a sultry neo-soul beat. The vocalist, producer, and instrumentalist have built an impressive array of work for himself and other up-and-coming artists.
Hi, my name is Malaika Stambler, or Mika for short. I'm originally from Los Angeles, am a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, and I'm currently studying abroad for the fall 2022 term at Temple's campus in Tokyo, Japan. I've been studying Japanese by chance for most of my life, and am so excited to finally have the opportunity to live here for an extended period. I am looking forward to writing about my experiences in Japan as a Jewish, feminist artist, and exploring the very niche Jewish community in Tokyo through written posts and animated collages.
Hi, my name is Ali! I am a rising junior at Swarthmore College, majoring in biology and classical studies. I am very excited to study abroad at Temple's campus in Rome this semester! Working with the Temple Global Green program, I hope to conduct an ecological restoration project and study the effects of climate change on marginalized communities in Rome. I am also interested in learning more about the vast history of Italy and exploring all the historical sites it has to offer.
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