Science in Florence – Introduction

Hello! My name is Roselin Hernandez and I am a sophomore at the University of South Florida. I am majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in public health. For summer term B, my study abroad program is the USF in Florence Science program. I am so grateful to have received the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship Award to help pay for my expenses while abroad. I am very excited about this trip because it will be my first time traveling outside of the U.S and going to Europe, so this is a completely new experience for me. I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful architecture, museums, food, and immerse myself in a new culture while I study abroad.

I will be taking organic chemistry, which is a difficult subject, thus I will have to manage my time to stay on top of my studies while traveling. Academically, the USF in Florence Science program will let me continue my studies on the right path without deferring me from completing my degree on time. As a biomedical sciences major, I have to take organic chemistry in order to graduate and the smaller class size will provide me with better one-on-one chances to learn the material. Personally, I hope to learn about the Italian culture, language, traditions and admire the architecture in Italy. My future career aspiration is to become a doctor and work in healthcare, which means that I will have to encounter and care for people from various cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, and races. This program will help me in my professional goals by exposing me to a completely new part of the world and allow me to interact with people from a completely different background of mine. Therefore, this study abroad program will teach me how to communicate and interact with a diverse group of people in a respectful and open-minded way.

Stay tuned to see how my first solo traveling experience goes, manage my time between classes/travel, and immerse myself in a new culture. I am so excited for this amazing opportunity and please follow me along for this unique journey I am about to embark on.

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