When Lauren decided she wanted to spend her entire freshman year abroad, she never anticipated how much of an impact the experience would have on her future. Living and studying in Panama, Republic of Panama and Valencia, Spain with Florida State University exposed her to a life of adventure, new friendships, and a different outlook on her field of study. “I always knew I wanted to do something in Meteorology, but never had a specific branch in mind. My experience abroad helped me discover the desire to study the societal impacts of weather and climate in developing countries,” she says.
Now, about to start her junior year at Florida State, Lauren continues to see the benefits of studying abroad. As a Meteorology and Geography major, she recently won a scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lauren credits the selection to her essay about her abroad experience. “I believe my time abroad helped me stand out as an applicant. It helped me grow as a student, global citizen, and future researcher. I attribute the nine months I spent in Panama and three months I spent in Valencia to the numerous opportunities I have received while back in the states.” She looks forward to working on academic research and completing an Honors in the Major Thesis while sharing her passion for international travel with fellow students during her remaining years at Florida State. Click here to learn more about the First Year Abroad program Lauren participated in through Florida State University.