Traveler Bio

Hallo! Hello! My name is Olivia, and I am from a small farming town in Illinois. I am a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Go ILLINI! I am majoring in Speech and Hearing Science and minoring in Psychology. I want to become a speech-language pathologist. There is probably one at your school now! When I am not studying, I work in a research lab on campus and play volleyball on a rec team. 

Join me this spring when I will be studying abroad in the Netherlands at VU Amsterdam!! After I graduate from college, I will go to graduate school to continue my studies. I am so lucky to have this opportunity because I will not have time to travel after college. 

I am leaving behind 2 cats named Edie and Pico. Although I am sad to leave my family and pets, my sister will visit me during my trip. I love trying new foods and going on hikes. I am looking forward to taking a canal tour of Amsterdam and trying stroopwafels.

Bye for now, or as the Dutch would say, doei voor nu!

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!