With Spring semester officially over and warmer months ahead, we’re excited to welcome a new crop of study abroad bloggers for Summer 2017! Before you start to follow them on their exciting adventures around the globe, let them tell you a little about themselves.

Gustavo Aburto
Spain

“I am from Chula Vista and I transferred into SDSU this past fall to pursue a Foods and Nutrition degree and then start my internship to become a registered dietitian. I am enrolled in the program Foods and Nutrition Abroad to Barcelona, Spain. This trip will focus on the Mediterranean diet as well as some excursions to a winery and bee farm, so expect to see some tasty foods and stunning locations. This study abroad experience is especially important for me because I have been conflicted about pursuing my current major. How I feel about the nutrition field after this trip will determine whether I will continue on my current path. Nonetheless, I am very excited to explore Barcelona and its cultural hearth.”


Aishwaryaa Dev
Azerbaijan


“I’m a Sophomore majoring in international security and conflict resolution (ISCOR) with a minor in Arabic. This Summer I will get the opportunity to visit Azerbaijan. I am looking forward to visiting the country, immersing myself into the culture and sharing my experience with everyone.”


Danny Dyer
Ecuador


“Danny Dyer is currently working for ‘Malibu Magazine,’ he has previously written for ‘The Daily Aztec’ and ‘Off the Rails Magazine’. When he’s not hunched over his weathered desk tirelessly scrawling down short stories he is most likely shooting photos with his brother Petey and/or being loud in otherwise hushed public locations.”


Petey Dyer
Ecuador


“Who is Petey Dyer? Petey Dyer is a sun burnt, soul searching, college student who strives to be the best version of himself everyday. As a rising junior, he is majoring in English with a minor in philosophy. His passions include photography, surfing, skateboarding and causing ruckus with his older brother and partner in crime, Danny.”


David McLean-Perkins
Portugal


“I just completed my first semester and couldn’t be any happier on my decision to become an Aztec. I am majoring in information systems and it is my hope specialize in network security for a local defense contractor. In 2014 I returned to school after a 30-year absence; I always regretted not finishing my degree and I am so glad that I am now rectifying that. Another regret was not traveling abroad, and I am so fortunate that I get to rectify that as well. Studying in Portugal, where my family originally hails from, is the opportunity of a lifetime. I look forward to sharing my adventure with all the SDSU community.”


Fiorella Morales
France


“I’m a graduate student in the post secondary educational leadership with an emphasis in student affairs program. This summer I will be an international group leader with the School for International Training (SIT) on a program called The Experiment in International Living. I, along with other group leaders, will be guiding high school students through this immersive program in France. I’m excited for this amazing opportunity to guide young students on this great adventure, while also developing as a professional in international education!”


Amber Postert
Spain


“I’m a speech, language, and hearing sciences major and I’m beyond excited to be studying in southern Spain this summer. I’m really looking forward in experiencing Spanish culture, traveling throughout Spain and sharing my journey with everyone.”


Ashley Purugganan
Thailand


“Hello and welcome to the chaotic world of a future social worker! I am a current graduate student in the school of social work. I will be spending my summer interning at Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Since I have never traveled outside of the US before, this is going to be one of the most terrifying and exhilarating experience of my life. In order to maintain a balance between the challenges and pleasures of these six weeks, I’m going to sprinkle some fun in whenever I can. I’m especially looking forward to participating in Thai culture, eating lots of delicious food, and becoming a regular at the local karaoke bars. This is going to be an adventure of a lifetime and I cannot wait to share my journey with all of you.””


Katelyn Throckmorton
Finland


“I am a sophomore biology, pre-med student heading to Jyväskylä (pronounced You-Vas-Skoo-La), Finland for the summer. Growing up, my parents made it a priority to take us around the world to experience vibrant cultures. My previous travels abroad taught me more about myself than I ever expected and now I’m ready to venture into the great unknown once again. Scandinavia is my opportunity to explore life outside the sciences with classes that emphasize my interdisciplinary studies minor. Let’s enjoy this Scandinavian adventure together!”

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