2016 Summer Travel Study Scholarship Recipients

ADITI MAYER

History/Classics in Rome Program Correspondent

Aditi Mayer is a sophomore at UC Irvine double majoring in Literary Journalism and International Studies. As a freelance photojournalist and blogger, Aditi is interested in the intersection of culture and social politics, expressed through visual storytelling. Always looking for experiential learning opportunities, she has recently returned from a quarter abroad pursuing research in La Paz, Mexico and will continue traveling this Summer as the Program Correspondent for Rome, Italy as she studies Ancient Roman History and Classics. 

ALEXANDRIA ARENAS

Alex106@g.ucla.edu

Spanish in Granada Outreach Coordinator

Alexandria Arenas is a Fourth Year Psychobiology Major interested in Public Health Project Management. She was previously involved in Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention at the Student Retention Center and committing to Research at the UCLA IBD Center. She is an adventurous spirit, willing to push boundaries and go out of her comfort zone. This is her first time abroad, and she can definitely help those who are feeling anxious and hesitant to study abroad feel more comfortable about taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity! In general, she loves to travel, meet new people, and go on food/ coffee shop adventures! Her personal dream is to experience and review various coffee shops around the world! 

ALHELI TOSTADO

Art History in Paris Program Correspondent

Alheli is an Anthropology major minoring in Art History. She will be entering her senior year at UCLA after returning from the Art History program in Paris this summer. She is interested in archaeology and writing, and on campus is involved with the journalism organization Ed2010 at UCLA where she holds the position of vice president. This will be her first time in Europe, and she is excited to share the experience with her fellow Bruins! 

ALLISON SPINDLER

French in Paris Outreach Coordinator

Hi friends! I call myself an explorer, traveling to where my heart desires. This summer I will be headed towards Paris for my French Minor, and I am more than excited to traverse through the side roads and discover a Parisian Café that I have never been to before. I’m majoring in International Development Studies and hope to be fluent in 5 languages before I graduate! I believe that learning a language is the best way to understand another’s culture, heritage, and background. If anything, it’s a good start! I am grateful for having the opportunity to study in Paris, followed by a journey to Xinjiang, China to learn Uyghur.

AMY CHO

History in Paris Program Correspondent

Amy is a Communication Studies major who will be entering her senior year at UCLA in the fall of 2016. Prior to college, Amy was actually abroad and attended an international high school. There, she accepted her new identity as a “TCK” (or third-culture kid), the end result of an amalgamation of several different cultures. Currently she is working in the film industry as a creative development intern as well as at the university's Graduate School of Education. Her interest in highlighting creativity and talent inspired her to join UCLA’s only student-run designer show FAST, where she now holds the title of Co-President. After graduation, Amy wants to pursue a career that involves breaking glass ceilings. Her passion for learning compels her to later return to school to seek higher education in either journalism or film. 

ANDREWNET CAIN

Andrewnet.cain@gmail.com

French in Paris Outreach Coordinator

Andrewnet, also known as Andie to people who butcher her name, is a second year transfer student studying Linguistics and French. She is stuck between pursuing a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence in France or a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology in the US. She went to France last summer, fell in love with the country, and will now be studying and traveling alone in France this summer with plans already set to come back to teach English after graduation. She is a travel addict who loves to help and uplift her peers, which is why she cannot wait to aid people in any way she can with their travels abroad. Bienvenue à l’étranger!

ANTHONY RECINOS

Spanish in Argentina Program Correspondent

Hello, my name is Anthony Recinos. I am a graduating senior who majored in Spanish while at UCLA. I will be participating in the Culture, Urban Experience, and Social Interaction program in Buenos Aires, Argentina this summer. Although the program is closely related to my area of study, and I am fluent in the destination’s primary language, I am extremely excited to be immersed in a culture that is foreign to me. I love to sing and love all forms of art, so I am most looking forward to experiencing that aspect of the Argentinian culture on my trip. A fun fact about me is that I work for Angels Baseball. I hope I can do my Travel Study program justice by documenting it to the best of my abilities. Go Bruins!

BECCA QUIST

Political Science in Europe Program Correspondent

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Central Valley. I can't believe that I am heading into my fourth and final year at UCLA! I've spent much of my time here recruiting new Bruins as a Bruin Ambassador of Undergraduate Admission, and am also involved with Cru. In my free time, you might find me playing IM Cornhole or volleyball at Sunset Rec. I am pursuing a degree in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship - I have come to love studying and writing papers in Powell, but am very excited to study on location in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris! 

CELINA YANG

Celinacy@gmail.com

Spanish in Mexico Outreach Coordinator

My name is Celina Yang and I am a Psychobiology Major and Geography minor, hoping to pursue medicine in the field of neurology. On my free time I really enjoy going to music festivals and I am a huge fan of electronic music. I was born in China, and immigrated to Canada at the age of 10. I love traveling to different countries and exploring different cultures. I have fortunately experienced most regions of China and have comprehensive knowledge of Chinese culture. I have also been to Cuba, which was an eye opening experience. This summer I will be travelling to Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Mexico and the Bahamas! My goal is to continue to travel and learn about all the wonders of the world. 

CRISTIAN DE NOVA LEDESMA

Global Health in Peru Program Correspondent

I am entering my fourth year, studying Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. I am passionate about pursing a career in Public Health and after attending the Global Health program in Peru, I am more sure than ever to pursue this career. I was born in Mexico City and grew up in Los Angeles as an undocumented immigrant. My life experiences have taught me to keep an open mind and always pursue every opportunity available, because they just might lead to the next exciting chapter in my life! 

ELIZABETH STRAZZANTE

Sociology in New York Program Correspondent

Elizabeth, known to everyone as Betsy, is a fouth-year Sociology major and Film minor who would love to work in the film industry in the near future. Apart from spending her time interning at everything from a talent agency to a post-production studio, she takes great pride in photographing for an on-campus arts and culture publication, The Paper Mixtape, of which she was a founding member. Raised in Chicago, Ill., and currently living in the Bay Area, Betsy can't wait to experience, for the first time, New York City and all it has to offer. She hopes to use this time to expand her mindset and learn as much as she can about the urban jungle around her.

EMILY GYERMEK

Scandanavian Section Program Correspondent

Emily will be a 3rd year nursing major at UCLA in the fall of 2016. She will be studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and focusing on Scandinavian studies under Professor Patrick Wen. Traveling has always been a passion of Emily's, and she is excited for the opportunity to explore and learn more about a place she has dreamed of going. 

JESSE ARIANNA GONZALES

Political Science in Europe Program Correspondent

Jesse Arianna Gonzales is a Political Science major who aspires to become a lawyer. She was born and raised in the Philippines, moving to the United States at the young age of nine. She is heavily involved with UCLA Residential Life and AVID Alumni Association. Jesse has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. She loves spending quality time and taking spontaneous adventures with her friends and family. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, watching Netflix, anime, and eating.

JONATHAN ALEJANDRO REDAELLY FLORES

Jonathan84@ucla.edu

Political Science in Europe Outreach Coordinator

Hello everyone, my name is Jonathan Alejandro Redaelly Flores and I am currently studying psychology at UCLA. I have always had an interest in political systems and how each system's differences results in a different kind of culture. Consequently, I decided to pursue this program, which coincidentally also involves tons of traveling and sightseeing. I am very involved on campus as an intern for the LGBTQ Resource Center, Resident Assistant, and a member of the Alumni Scholars Club. Some of my personal interests include foreign languages, travel, and nature. Making the decision to explore new cultures, foods, languages, and cities through this program is something I know I will always cherish. After graduating, I will be working with Teach For America in Massachusetts. If you need any advice on studying abroad or UCLA related issues, please feel free to reach out. Go Bruins!!! 

JULIANNA KLIMECK

Juliannasklimeck@icloud.com

English Romanticism Outreach Coordinator

Julianna, better known as Jules, is a third year English major and Film, Television and Digital Media minor. In the summer of 2016 she will be going to London to study on the Romanticism and Age of Revolution travel study program led by UCLA professor, Saree Makdisi. She has never traveled across the Atlantic, but she is certain she will make the most of her trip to England. In her free time, Jules enjoys screenwriting, going to concerts, volunteering at local elementary schools, and reading whatever she can get her hands on. 

KEILA MAYBERRY

Global Studies in New York Program Correspondent

Keila Mayberry is a third year Global Studies, Political Science and Business Economics student pursuing College Honors. She grew up in Singapore, China, and Australia. After graduation, she intends to pursue a JD/MA in International Relations. She is a staff photographer for the Daily Bruin, and loves exploring and taking photos in her spare time. She is looking forward to studying global politics in New York.

MIA BRUMFIELD

English in Florence Program Correspondent

Mia Brumfield is a senior double majoring in English and Psychology. Mia is the Editor in Chief of NOMMO Newsmagazine, UCLA’s Afrikan Student newsmagazine. She also works for UCLA BruinCorps, a community outreach program that provides academic assistance to inner city youth. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Masters of Fine Art in Film Production and eventually work as a film director/producer. In her free time, Mia loves photography, watching movies, reading, watching makeup tutorials on Youtube, and listening to her Disney Pandora station.

NAREN AKURATI

Germanic Studies Program Correspondent

Naren will begin his sophomore year at UCLA in the fall of 2016. Currently pursuing a degree in Business Economics, Naren is also involved with Daily Bruin, UCLA FBLA-PBL, and USAC Office of the President. He is excited to be studying abroad in Austria and Germany and hopes for an unforgettable experience. 

RAFAEL GARIBAY

Global Health Peru Program Correspondent

¡Hola!  My name is Rafael Garibay and I am a third year majoring in International Development Studies with a double minor in Chicana/o Studies and Global Health.  I will be participating in the Global Health Program in Lima, Peru during summer 2016.  Throughout this program, I will learn how diversities and disparities in people and places impact human health, using Peru as a case study.  This unique opportunity will provide first-hand experience in the global health field with various visits to local hospitals, health NGO's, as well as trips outside of Lima to Iquitos, Peru.  I will be among the first cohort of UCLA Summer Travel Study students to travel to Peru. I am confident this program will prepare me to pursue a career in Health Care Management / Policy.   I am looking forward to sharing my travel experiences with the UCLA community and offering advice on studying abroad to future global Bruins!  

SARAH EGUCHI

Global Studies in Paris Program Correspondent

Sarah is a third year Global Studies major, with a double minor in Geography and Japanese. At UCLA she is currently involved in Residential Life and Cru. Sarah enjoys watercoloring in the park, going to concerts, and checking out local coffee shops. This is her first time traveling to Europe and she is excited to document her journey!