Francesca Basil—Melbourne, Australia


great-ocean-road-2017My name is Francesca Basil and I ‘m participating in WVU’s study abroad exchange program throughout the spring 2017 semester. I am 21 years old from Weirton, WV and currently in my third year of university.

I study Environmental Geoscience through the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. My destination for the semester is Melbourne, Australia, and I am spending five months in the land down under. In Australia, I will be taking classes at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in the heart of the city.

What made you want to study abroad?

Throughout my studies in college, I realized there is still quite a lot I don’t know about the world. Coming from a small town, one can only learn so much until actually leaving that safe haven and making the move to discover new places and opportunities.
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Allie Diehl—Murcia, Spain

allieMy name is Allie Diehl and I’m a 21-year-old industrial engineering and Spanish major. I’m a senior from Chardon, Ohio, and will be studying in Murcia, Spain, throughout this semester at Universidad de Murcia until June.

What made you want to study abroad?

I have always loved travelling, making new friends, and seeing different parts of our beautiful world. For me, exploring and learning about new cultures is simply a way of life. Growing up in a military family, I have lived all over the United States.

While I love our country, we as Americans tend to act as if we are the only inhabitants of this planet. There is so much to learn from other places, and studying abroad was the perfect way for me to embrace my independence and go discover the world on my own.
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Kristen Hinderliter—Barcelona, Spain

parc-guell-1My name is Kristen Hinderliter and I’m a 21-year-old junior strategic communications major with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in business. I’m from Morgantown, and I’ve been in Barcelona since New Year’s Eve and will be here until mid-May 2017. I am here to attend class at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, but my teachers tell me that as an Erasmas student, I am here more for the experience than the education.

What made you want to study abroad?

I have lived in Morgantown my entire life, and most of my immediate family lives here as well. I absolutely love this city: I moved only 5 minutes away from my parents once I started school.

Since I’m a townie, I have an enormous amount of friends and acquaintances established here. Anywhere I go, I am guaranteed to bump into at least 3 people I know. I have a fantastic job at Apple Annie´s Bakery, I have great roommates, and I get free groceries at this great little place called My Parent´s House. However, at some point, you have to break away from the comfort of home, or you will never know anything more than just that.

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Morgan Hylton—Hatfield, U.K.

morganMy name is Morgan Hylton and I’m a 19-year-old junior English major. I’ll be studying at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, U.K., for 5 months.

What made you want to study abroad?

Over the past year I have felt very anxious about the mundane life I lead in Morgantown. I tried to find ways to spice it up but always fell short, so I decided to take a leap and study abroad.

Studying abroad is something that I have always wanted to do, but I never knew if I was brave enough to actually go through with it. My love for different cultures and gaining as many experiences as possible was a huge driving force on my pros list, but the cons were still present in my mind.

After a lot of thinking and realizing what was going to make me grow as a person, I decided that studying abroad was exactly what I needed to feel fulfilled. So, here I am, 4,000 miles away from home, on the scariest, most amazing journey of my life.

What were your expectations for this trip?

I like to imagine that I will travel all around Europe with a Prince William-type man who I fall in love with and we will live happily ever after, but my rational mind just hopes to gain a little excitement and independence. Either would be superb.

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Hannah Patterson—Cochabamba, Bolivia

hannahMy name is Hannah Patterson and I am a 23-year-old super senior at West Virginia University. I am a multidisciplinary studies major, which means I have 4 minors: business administration, communication studies, public relations, and Spanish.

Though I am originally from Columbus, Ohio, I will be spending this spring semester in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Here in Cochabamba, I will be taking a Spanish class and a history class. I will also have to choose a service-learning project to assist the community, which will probably involve teaching.

What made you want to study abroad?

As a freshman, I had planned to study abroad at some point during my college career. Yet as the years passed, I found myself scared to leave my friends and became overrun with class requirements. However, in what I thought was my final semester at WVU, I learned about an opportunity to study abroad in Bolivia.

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Reiley Clark—Coleraine, Northern Ireland

img_5539My name is Reiley Clark and I’m a a 20-year-old multidisciplinary studies major with concentrations in history, European international relations and photography at WVU. I’m a sophomore from Charleston, WV, and will be studying at Ulster University in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, until June. While abroad, I hope to take pictures for a personal portfolio, explore castles, and visit the town my ancestors are from.

What made you want to study abroad?

I am a transfer student from University of Charleston, where I attended my freshman year of college. I had the privilege of studying abroad with the university to Greece, where we studied classical Greek history and lifestyle. This unbelievable experience lasted a month and left me craving a longer abroad opportunity.

When I arrived at WVU, I declared a major in multidisciplinary studies and decided to study abroad as much as possible. By being abroad, I’ve learned perspective and people skills, and it forces me to learn something new every day.

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