European Odyssey 2013 participants
Alexandria Triolo, 19, is a sophomore from Hicksville, NY, majoring in public relations and global studies. Both her older brothers are European Odyssey alumni.
She is most looking forward to visiting Greece and Turkey. She says, “The European Odyssey is a once in a life time experience. Unlike other abroad programs, the European Odyssey gave me the opportunity to study at not one, but several different counties. It doesn't get much better than that!
Ariana Spang, 21, is a junior from Kennebunkport, ME, majoring in public relations and global studies. She aspires to work in public relations and marketing. She says of the European Odyssey, “I know that I will never have the opportunity to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience ever again. 11 countries, 26 cities, 2 vans, 12 peers, in 73 days – this will be my greatest adventure thus far in life.” She is most looking forward to visiting France, Italy and Greece.
Caitlin Rauchle, 21, is majoring in philosophy, sociology and global studies. The Coventry, CT, native hopes to someday attend law school and “make the world a better place for children to grow, learn and experience the life they choose.” Caitlin says she is most excited to visit Germany and Greece and hopes the Odyssey will help her “develop a new understanding and appreciation of different people and places that I can use in my life to influence future in all aspects.”
Danny Bautista, 23, a geography major from Williston Park, NY, is currently in his senior year at Hofstra. The Odyssey will be his first time in Europe and he’s looking forward to all the countries on the itinerary. What most appealed to him about the program was the idea of going on “a great adventure while studying abroad. It’s a great opportunity that will open other doors for me.” He plans to attend graduate school and become a teacher.
Ebube Ezeh, 19, is a junior of Nigerian descent. She was raised in Maryland and Nairobi, Kenya. She is majoring in global studies and economics with a minor in photography and hopes to have a career that “helps people help themselves.” Her extracurricular activities include Hofstra International, the Hofstra Gospel Ensemble and the Hunger Project. She is looking forward to all the countries on the European Odyssey itinerary, and says what appealed to her about the program was “The opportunity to travel around so much of Europe in one semester. I've always wanted to study abroad.
Eleanore Saintis, 19, a junior from Boston, is majoring in global studies and dance. She says she is most looking forward to visiting Italy and Greece, and says, “I am excited to be in Europe during such a historical time. It will be an eye opening experience to be able to view events happening first hand.”
Gina Gallo, 20, a junior of Merrick, NY, hopes to someday work for a nonprofit/NGO organization or to be a social studies teacher. The European Odyssey is her first trip overseas. She is most excited to visit Italy and Greece.
Michael Dickerson of Romulus, NY, is majoring in history. This is his second journey with the European Odyssey program.
Mishaina Joseph, 19, a sophomore from Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, is majoring in global studies and history and hopes to someday work in international law. She says what appealed to her most about the European Odyssey, was “The fact that it’s a study abroad program that is in more than one country. So we get to maximize the amount that we learn.” She is most looking forward to visiting Turkey, Greece, France and Spain. This is her first trip to Europe.
Edward Hagenmiller, 20, from Centerport, NY, is a junior majoring in Global Studies and Geography. He also has a minor in history. “The opportunity to go to so many countries in such a short time frame seemed incredible,” he says of the Odyssey. “It is tough for me to imagine what all of the new cultures will be like, but needless to say I'm excited to find out.” Of the places he is most excited to visit, he says,“Spain and Germany, since I have family roots there. “However, a trip to Greece has always been a lifelong dream of mine.
Tarek Elkattan, 21, has dual citizenship with the United States and Egypt. He is from Wantagh, NY, and junior at Hofstra with a major in global studies and geography. He’s most looking forward to traveling to Italy for the food. He’s also excited to travel to Switzerland to see the UN offices, because that is where he aspires to work after graduation.