Traveler Bio

Здравствуйте, меня зовут Джастин (Hello, my name is Justin)!

I am 26 years old and from sunny Irvine, California. I love going to the beach, fishing, playing sports, and hiking in the mountains. Following my love for the mountains, I decided to move to Colorado to attend college at Colorado State University at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where I study languages, linguistics, culture, and Russian. Before college, I served in the Marine Corps, working for U.S. Embassies, where I fell in love with travel, meeting new people, and learning about new cultures. I have lived in 5 countries and traveled to over 20!

I am a Boren Scholar and a Gilman scholar, enabling me to study abroad this spring and summer. My new temporary home is in Georgia, not the state, but the country. Located between Russia and Turkey, I will live there for over 6 months as I study the effect of the Soviet Union and modern-day Russia on the surrounding countries and study the Russian language. I will live in the capital city of Tbilisi and the beach city of Batumi, staying with local families and speaking Russian most of the time. I am excited to share my adventures with you and cannot wait to hear about your school year! Let's go!

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!