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Brianna Taylor

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Biology Major/Heritage and Global Engagement Minor
Program: UNC Science in Sevilla
Location: Seville, Spain
Term: Summer 2023


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to experience personal growth, broaden my global perspective, and enhance my academics. I ultimately decided to choose the UNC Science in Sevilla program because I have always wanted to travel to Spain, and I knew that the Stem Cell Biology course offered through the program would further my knowledge and prepare me for my aspiring career as an embryologist.


What did you learn about yourself?
Through my study abroad experience, I learned that as a woman and person of color in STEM, I can achieve anything that I set my mind to. Prior to attending my study abroad program, I constantly struggled with imposter syndrome. Despite this, while abroad, I was able to gain new skills, broaden my perspectives, and develop a more global outlook on STEM. By being in an environment surrounded by new languages and cultures, I was also exposed to new ways of thinking, problem-solving, and collaborating. All in all, my study abroad experiences gave me the confidence and motivation to pursue my dreams, make a positive impact in the world, and become the girl boss that I know I am!


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
One of my favorite memories from the program was our group trip to Granada, Spain! We got to walk the grounds of the breathtaking Alhambra Palace and tour the Royal Chapel of Granada. We were also given time to explore the city, during which we went shopping in the city center and hillside neighborhoods, devoured tapas, and finished the day with gelato.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Studying abroad is an exciting and rewarding experience; however, it is natural to experience uncertainties. I would advise future students to take care of yourself, stay open-minded, network and form relationships, and seek support when needed.


How do you identify?
Student of color, Heritage Seeker, Rural County Resident, $5,000 Summer Study Abroad Fellowship Recipient


Could you share any experiences where your identity played a role in your time abroad?


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If you faced any challenges abroad, where could you turn to get the support you needed?