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Wolves Abroad Grantees for Calendar Year 2019

Wolves Abroad Grants are designed to help students who've never traveled out of the country before take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. Congratulations to our awardees for Calendar Year 2019.
 
Sarah AbdelrahimSarah Abdelrahim
Language and Culture in Heredia, Costa Rica
Major: Philosophy
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: The chance to visit Costa Rica will be a life-changing experience… I will be able to be empathetic towards people from a different country with different values and customs because I will then have a clear understanding of what it is like to experience different cultures…As a career, I have chosen to study law and become an attorney…I aspire to be that attorney that is able to understand my clients on a cultural level.
 
Hannah BrooksHannah Brooks
Semester Exchange: Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea
Major: 
Studying abroad in Fall 2019

Reasons for study abroad: I have always been fascinated with languages all my life. I used to speak Spanish when I was younger, always got excited when I heard a new language around me (sometimes got jealous because I could not speak with them), and even tried learning hieroglyphics at the age of seven, but the moment Korea had an influence on my life, it gave me the little push I needed. At this very moment, I am in school to become an interpreter. Studying abroad has been in my mind for a while, but for the opportunity to be in my reach is unbelievably amazing. 
Sarai BrooksSarai Brooks
Semester Exchange: Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea

Major: 
Studying abroad in Fall 2019

Reasons for study abroad: I began with learning the Korean language [...] because I found it too fascinating and beautiful. I would spend hours on end writing and speaking, every day. The moment I decided to learn Korean, was one of the best moments of my life; because this was the kick start to my journey to become what I aspire to be now, a translator and interpreter. Learning new languages has always been a cool concept in my eyes. It broadens your horizons and allows you to communicate with someone from a completely different place and culture. 
Quamari Brown Quamari Brown
Sociology in Morocco
Major: Psychology with Sociology minor
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for Study Abroad: [Having] sociology as a minor has really opened my eyes more to the world around me. I began paying more attention to details, cause/effects of situations, and trying to think of different ways to help different people since we aren’t all alike…I am most enthusiastic about getting the first-hand experience with the families, culture and their traditions. Aside from the usual classroom settings, we will also be able to learn alongside [Moroccan] citizens as they go about their daily routines.
 
Lucas HardyLucas Hardy
History in Strasbourg, France

Major: Undeclared
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: To be able to walk in the trenches and stand in the fortifications transcends simply reading about it as a historic event, it makes the traveler a part of the history that took place there…By living in France, I hope to broaden my world view and see things through the eyes of others. After all isn’t that what a historian does, look at the world through someone else’s perspective.
 
Mia HoustonMia Houston
Sociology in Morocco
Major: Social and Behavioral Health
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: I have never been on a plane.. All I know is the four square miles of Decatur, Georgia, where I grew up… I’ve always been interested in African culture and society....I want to know what their norms are and how they differ from ours. I’m also interested in the social problems [people in Morocco] face everyday, and to be able to see how the society is there up close and personal honestly excites me… Simply traveling for the first time will teach me so many things that I don't know about the world and myself.
Caleb HowardCaleb Howard
Literature and Culture in Italy

Major: English with Creative Writing minor
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: There is an aspect of traveling I feel I have missed: immersing myself in a culture markedly different from my own. I am overwhelmingly American in my experiences, my own personal history. This is fatal for any artist. How can a story be American, Southern, even Georgian, without some experience to compare against?
 
Eva MarchbanksEva Marchbanks
Language and Culture in Tours, France

Major: Undeclared
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: French is one of the two global languages, and will give me many career options later on. Knowing the basics is an excellent start, but having a strong understanding through and through is a greater leap I intend to execute. Being able to fully immerse myself in the French language and be surrounded by the culture at every turn would be an experience like no other, and certainly not one I would be able to achieve in a classroom setting.
 
Roy PalmerRoy Palmer
History in Strasbourg, France

Major: History (M.A.)
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: [W]hen you take time to experience a culture, you grow and gain new perspectives about yourself, your history, and your culture…I believe it is my responsibility to give back what I have learned through community involvement or educational programming. Public history is a wonderful mix of connecting people through a subject or an individual’s past…As a public historian, I want to particularly focus on the interpretation and come to understand how French history is presented for public consumption.
 
Kaley SmithKaley Smith
Literature and Culture in Italy

Major: English with Gender and Sexuality Studies minor
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: After I graduate, I would like to attend graduate school for English and eventually become a travel journalist, writing about social justice issues, such as women’s rights, racial justice movements, and poverty in foreign countries. Studying in Italy will enable me to come closer to attaining these goals by introducing me to international travel as well as offering an opportunity to learn first hand from people who live there about issues that affect the Italian population.
 
Avery StanleyAvery Stanley
History in Strasbourg, France

Major: History with teacher certification
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: History is concerned with emotions and uncertainty because history is all about people. It is necessary for a historian to immerse themselves in their topic of choosing to really get a feel and try to understand the lives of the people they choose to study. This is not possible without understanding the places these people lived.
Julie WaldJulie Wald
Counseling and Speech Language Pathology in Ecuador

Major: Professional Counseling (M.A.)
Studying abroad in Spring 2019

Reasons for study abroad: I feel that studying in Ecuador will help me to engage and develop my skills as a counselor and will help catalyze my ability to attract and effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking clients that may benefit from counseling. I also feel that the unique insight the immersion provides will help me in all areas of my life, including personally and professionally. After all, I believe that my ability to counsel others is only as strong as my capacity for self-understanding, communication, deep listening and empathy.
 
Katravius MitchellKatravius Mitchell
Africana Culture in Brazil

Major: Chemistry
Honorable Mention
Studying abroad in Spring 2019

Reasons for study abroad: Studying in Brazil will allow me to make connections between the standards of education there and in America…This trip will help me reach my professional goals [by] differentiating me from competitors when applying for medical school [and by showing] how unafraid I am to make great educational leaps to reach my career goals.
Tynesha BrownTynesha Brown
Sociology in Morocco

Major: Psychology with Sociology minor
Honorable Mention
Studying abroad in Summer 2019

Reasons for study abroad: I am a first generation college student and I do not want to just receive my degree, but I also want to motivate my younger family members to further their education and let them know that obtaining a degree is a doable task. Studying abroad will allow for me to show them that getting an education is more than just sitting in a classroom and taking notes, quizzes and tests but it is a great life experience.