Hello, all! My name is Arianna from USF St. Petersburg, Junior going on Senior, major Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Science. This Spring my brother Graham and I are headed for Concordia University in Montreal, in the Quebec province of Canada. I found the exchange program with this school on the website for USF Education Abroad and when I went to look up the school I saw that their Biology program is very similar to ours. I’ve always wanted to go abroad–at least once before I graduate and start pursuing my PhD in research–and luckily their History program is similar to ours too so Graham could come with me if he wanted. He even took French for his foreign language requirement specifically for this trip. I’ve never heard anything but good things about Canada (besides the fact that it’s cold but that’s pretty much a non-issue for me) so I thought I should go over there and have a look for myself. I know that studying abroad isn’t something everyone can do, which is unfortunate, and it makes me feel all the more privileged and grateful to have gotten this opportunity!
The classes I’m taking at Concordia are Ecology (theory), Genetics (theory), Cell Biology (theory) and Organic Chemistry I (theory and lab). Doesn’t that sound like a gas? I will try to take at least every weekend to explore my new environment.
We’re set to fly out in two weeks, so we’re making the most of the time we have packing for the winter. I promise to take lots of pictures and leave no stone unturned (within reason)! In the meantime I can’t wait to hear from everyone else who’s going abroad for Spring 2014. Au revoir and bon voyage!
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