Traveler Bio

שלום! Shalom! Hello!

My name is Katherine and I'm a 20-year-old student from Oceanside, California, studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel as part of a semester abroad program. My home university is the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, where I’m pursuing degrees in sociology and psychology. 

I chose to go to Israel to study societies and individuals in Israel. For me, this is a rare opportunity to learn about important issues that shape the ways we understand society as well as learn about individual differences in perspective. I hope my time in Israel will give me a chance to take a comparative perspective on Israeli culture versus American culture and provide me with an experience that complements my education at UC Berkeley. On a personal level, I look forward to forming friendships with people who have different life experiences than me and are as eager to learn about myself and my country as I am to learn about them and theirs! 

I hope I inspire you to seek out interesting experiences no matter where you are! Do you want to join me?

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!