Janice is an international student from Bolivia and a junior at UMD majoring in Industrial Engineering. She came to the U.S her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Buffalo, NY. After that, she decided to do her undergraduate studies at UMD. She has spent time in Ireland, Argentina, and Peru. When she was seven years old, her oldest sister came to the U.S. as an exchange student. Since then she couldn't wait to be in high school and do the same. As a peer advisor, she wants to help people study abroad. It's an experience that changes you and helps you grow a lot. She loves to share her experience studying abroad along with her sharing her own culture and hopes that it motivates other students to go abroad.
Most memorable views during your travels.
My most memorable views include when I saw Niagara Falls from on a boat—the amount of water, the height from where the falls were, and the sound of the water was something magnificent to see. Also, the Giant's Causeway in Ireland was impressive to see, the story behind the name and the shape of the place really comes together.
What makes you happy?
Traveling to new places, dogs, food, and the sound of the ocean.
What gets me out of bed in the morning?
Knowing I can do something productive that day—also my alarm wakes me up.
Best advice to a future study abroad student:
Don't be afraid to do it. It's an experience you'll never regret. Have a pen in your carry-on, you might need to sign or fill out a form.
The next thing on your bucket list?