Isabel Dokhanchi

Study Abroad Peer Advisor

Izzy is a junior at UMD majoring in Teaching Mathematics with a minor in Deaf Studies and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She spent the Spring semester of her sophomore year studying in Perth, Western Australia in one of UMD's semester-long programs. While abroad, she was able to explore the city of Perth as well as travel across Australia and spend time in Indonesia and Thailand. When Izzy was younger, she had the opportunity to visit her father while he was teaching abroad in Scotland and see first hand what a study abroad experience may look like. After that, she knew she would study abroad. She has always wanted to go to Australia and decided spending a semester studying would be a great way to explore the country. The experience made her more confident, independent, and excited for life. As a peer mentor, she hopes to help people who are on the fence take the chance and have the experience of a lifetime. She loves to talk about her time abroad and learn about new places to visit.

Most memorable view during your study abroad experience
A Bali sunset. The most amazing view, it was hard to believe it was real. I get chills thinking about it. 

What makes you happy?
Views from a plane, turtles, diving under waves, sunsets at the beach, campfires, babies, David Dobrik, acoustic guitars, sign language, helping someone, love, and FOOD. 

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Knowing the day could be the best day of my life. Also, I'm usually late for something. 

Best advice to a future study abroad student
Go into the experience with no fear, be open and excited even if you're really nervous and have to fake it at first. Keep a journal of your experiences even if it's just a quick sentence each day, its great to look back at. Bonus - keep a toothbrush and face wipe in your carry on - best feeling after getting off a long flight.  

What's the next item on your bucket list?
To skydive in Hawaii

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Isabel Dokhanchi