Send Emily to London with USF
Organized by: Emily Skjerve
May 11, 2016
EVENT DATE Jun 26, 2016
Hi friends, peers, mentors, or people who stumbled on this page!
I have been awarded an amazing opportunity for the summer of 2016. My school, the University of South Florida, hosts a study abroad program in London, England. It is my delight to say that I have been accepted into this program.
The program runs from June 26th to July 23rd of 2016. We will be staying in a University College of London dorm. While abroad with USF students and faculty, I will take two classes and earn 6 college credits. I am taking Biology II and an honors class entitled Mythbusting Synthetic Biology and Genetic Engineering. Each class includes various field experiences and aim to immerse students in the culture. All classes will be taught by USF professors. If you would like to read all of the details about there trip this is the link http://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=23251
A little bit about me: I am a first year student at the University of South Florida pursuing a dual degree in Biomedical Science and Public Health with a minor in philosophy in the Honors College. My aim is to be the best doctor I can be. I believe that this means caring for the whole human being, including culturally diverse aspects. This program would be a wonderful way for me to learn about other cultures in order to better my future self as a doctor. Right now, I work with the Office of New Student Connections and will be a CampU Counselor for the fall. My passion is to serve in the best way I can to the most people I can.
While on the trip, I plan to post regular updates about my experience abroad on a blog so that you can see where your donation has landed.
Now, for the part this page was created for: the money
The cost for the program is $4950.00 This includes tuition, fees, housing, a full day excursion, an underground and bus pass, a London Pass, field trips, closing event, onsite personnel, emergency abroad health insurance, orientation, and international assistance.
As you may have noticed, that's an awfully big number for anyone, let alone a college student. And you may have also noticed three major costs missing: airfare, food, and transportation between the dorm and airport. These costs are not included in the $4950.00
I have bought my ticket to London (and got a fantastic deal) but have yet to buy my return. It looks like the return alone will be about $780. I have also bought my train ticket from the airport to the dorm on the first day.
I was awarded $3000 by the generous Genshaft-Greenbaum program and another $300 for my participation in the Honors College on-campus living experience. However, I am still struggling to pay for that return airfare. My family and I have taken out another loan which may or may not disperse enough money to counter this cost depending on how the University calculates my "need".
Therefore, I am asking for your help! Please think about donating or sharing the campaign. I know it's a cliche but every little bit does help. After all, $5 is a cheeseburger as lunch for a day.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration,