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study in florida like yael

Student story from HCC

"After high school, I knew that I wanted to attend college in the States but I didn’t know where to go." Yael from Sweden opens up about her time as a student in Florida.

"I’ve always wanted to live in a warmer climate so Florida sounded tempting. I attended about all of the KILROY fairs with my dad and met with the spokesperson from HCC, Ashley, several times. HCC seemed like a perfect choice. It was cheap (compared to other universities in America), it was located in the Sunshine State Florida, and it had student housing apartments next to the campus."

KILROY assisted me every step of the way to Florida...

"So I sent all the documents needed and KILROY helped me every step of the way. Finally, it was time to move. I moved into a two-bedroom apartment with a girl who ended up becoming one of my best friends. We had a shared living room, kitchen, and washer and dryer, and we had our own bedrooms. The apartment was great, clean, and very spacious. The school went great and I got a lot of help from the staff at the international office. I was planning on majoring in Economics but I quickly changed my mind and my major to Environmental Science instead. The plan is to study two years at HCC and then transfer to a university."

HCC - Yael and her roomie

"We had a shared living room, kitchen, and washer and dryer, and we had our own bedrooms. The apartment was great, clean, and very spacious. The school went great and I got a lot of help from the staff at the international office. I was planning on majoring in Economics but I quickly changed my mind and my major to Environmental Science instead. The plan is to study two years at HCC and then transfer to a university."

A typical day as a student in Florida

"A typical day for me could be to go to my classes during the day and then studying in the school library after class. I have lunch with some friends and after the school day, we hang out by the pool or play volleyball. During the days we have off, we go to the beach, go for hikes, go to the mall, go kayaking, or I volunteer at an animal shelter. I’ve also gone to a few concerts in Tampa and seen Steve Aoki, Krewella, Twenty One Pilots etc."

HCC - Yael canoeing

Magical trips all over the US

"I have gone on several trips since I got to the States, which is one of my favorite things about living here. One of the first ones was to Orlando, where we went to Universal Studios and one of their outlets. I was also invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with my roommate and her brother, who has become my boyfriend. His family lives in Pennsylvania, which reminds me a little more of Sweden. I have gone back to Pennsylvania several times since, and one of the times we went to a festival called Firefly, which was an amazing experience. I went with my boyfriend’s family once to a wedding in Portland, Oregon, which was magical."

HCC - Yael at wedding in Oregon

"The last trip that I took was to Arizona, where we visited the Grand Canyon. People are right when they say that there are no words to describe being a student abroad."

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