A New Chapter – Italy

Hello! Hello! My name is Bao Tran. I am a junior majoring in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics with a minor in Math. This summer I am participating in the USF in Florence Summer B program. I was awarded the Genshaft/Greenbaum Scholarship from USF Education Abroad to aid my trip financially. I am very grateful to receive for this opportunity that allowed me to experience the world. It covered a lot of the fees. My current goal is to graduate with a Bachelor and to attend graduate school for PhD in Economics. I currently do not have a bold ambition; I just want a profession where I can work and travel.

I found out about this program through Jim Pulos; he came into my General Chemistry I’s lecture my freshman year to talk about the program. I decided to participate because I am always fascinated with Europe and its landscape. I think Italy is an amazing European destination for my first trip. I was born in Vietnam and moved to America when I was ten years old. I grew up experienced two distinct cultures. This Italy trip will be an eye-opening experience since I can now immerse myself in another new culture different from the other two; I am very excited for this opportunity. Another reason why I am participating to this trip is because I am not happy with my current self. I do not like the fact that I am at home most of the time and not out there enjoying the world. I want to be a new person after this trip, with new friends, new knowledges, and new experiences. This trip will be a new chapter of my life.

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