Traveler Bio

¡Hola! Hello! My name is Jessica Rivera, and I am a first-generation college student from Jersey City, NJ. I love going to New York City, across the river, to try new food, shopping, and sightseeing. If I could go every day, I would!

Growing up, I visited my family in Mexico and Nicaragua which ignited my passion for traveling. I became fascinated by different cultures and lifestyles which inspired me to embark on adventures internationally. 

After I graduated high school, I attended college at New Jersey City University to pursue a dual degree in Marketing and Finance in the honors program. During my first three years of college, I went to Texas and Vermont to complete business partner programs and moved to Orlando for the summer to complete an internship. Through the support from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, I am blessed to spend my final semester abroad in Zaragoza, Spain. I am so happy to share my journey with you all. I hope to learn more about you too! 

Want to know more about how you can study or intern abroad when you are a college student? The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Learn more about the scholarship by clicking here!