My name is Callie Sher and I am very excited to study abroad in Thailand in a couple of days from now! I am a senior at the U of M, majoring in Family Social Science. I wanted to study abroad in Thailand so that I could learn about a completely different culture from my own, and experience other parts of the world. Culture and religion are something very near and dear to my heart, so I am so excited to see how the Thai culture and Buddhism impact the lives of people in Thailand. I have been out of the country before, but only to places more familiar to me such as Israel. I am looking forward to be completely immersed into a culture so different than mine. Featured below is a picture of me!
My name is Toua Xiong and I am a junior going to be a senior next year. I’m majoring in Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) and minoring in Computer Science. One fun fact about me is that I was born in Thailand and moved here in 2004 like some of the students in this program. I’m very excited to go back and experience all the things that I didn’t have the chance to experience as a kid. One of my goal in this study abroad program is to learn more about the Thai culture and their language.
My name is Matthew Fuller and I am just finishing up my junior year. I am studying Biology while also minoring in Management. I love the outdoors and as of now my favorite place on Earth is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. I am the youngest of 4 and have 3 older brothers. I owe them a lot of credit for shaping me into the person I am today. One learning goal I have for this program is to become more immersed in the Buddhism religion. I find religion fascinating and find myself wanting to learn more about something that I have little knowledge about. I am very excited to have conversations with the monks and to learn more about their way of life. Overall, I can’t wait for this trip and truly feel like it will be a trip of a lifetime!
This picture was taken last summer near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, I was hiking San Pedro volcano!
My name is Molleysa. My name was given to me by my oldest sister. She created this name for me by taking a part of my mom’s, my dad’s and my grandma’s name. It is very special to me and it’s a completely unique name. I am a freshmen majoring in Biology. I hope to someday enter medical school and become a doctor. One of my learning goals for this Learning Abroad seminar is to learn about the cultural differences between Thailand and America. I have never studied abroad before, so I am really excited to dive in and experience a whole new world.