Meet your Summer 2019 #APIabroad Student Bloggers!

We’re so excited to introduce our student bloggers & vloggers for summer 2019! From Chile to France, look out for their adventures on API’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube channel & beyond!

Jane Turchi, Texas A&M student studying abroad in Valparaíso, Chile

Jane Turchi

My name is Jane Turchi. I am an International Studies senior at Texas A&M University. With a minor in Journalism, I enjoy sharing people’s stories and giving a voice to the voiceless. I work as an special selections editor at my school’s newspaper and am pursuing a career in international journalism. I am excited to study abroad in the fascinating city of Valparaíso, Chile and share that experience through API’s blog. I hope my experiences can help inspire other students to step out of their comfort zone, have new experiences and study abroad.

Jesse Plichta-Kellar, Longwood University student studying abroad in Berlin, Germany

Jesse Pichta-Kellar

Jesse Plichta-Kellar is a rising senior at Longwood University with a double major in German and Public History. This is her her second time studying abroad and enjoys visiting castles and trying new kinds of  Brötchen. 

Personal blog:
Insta: @Jewishamericanviking
Twitter: @JesseKellar

Noah Kutz, Arizona State University student studying abroad in Grenoble, France

I’m from a small place in Arizona called Waddell, just on the outskirts of Phoenix. I study French and Global Studies at Arizona State University, and I work for a small newspaper in the Tempe area called Wrangler News. I’ve been in France for just over a week and I can’t believe the adventures I’ve had already! 

Kate Hale, Texas A&M student studying abroad in Florence, Italy

Howdy! My name is Kate Hale and I am a senior International Studies: Politics and Diplomacy major at Texas A&M University (WHOOP!). I will be studying abroad in Florence for Sessions 1&2 combined, and I am so excited! I definitely am a traveler at heart, and I can’t wait to explore Italy alongside some new friends!
Instagram: @what_tha_haale
Facebook: Kate Hale

Andi Fuerst, UW-Platteville student studying abroad in Grenoble, France

Bonjour API Followers!

I am Andi, a student studying through API’s Intensive Language studies at Grenoble, France. I currently leave in 2 days and am extremely excited.

I look forward to honing my skills with the French language and meeting people of another culture. I hope to become more self-aware and learn more about myself. Finally, I wish to step outside of my comfort zone and gain a new perspective.

My first few days will be spent doing all the ‘touristy’ things of Paris. After that, my classes begin. I will be staying with a host family. I plan on going on as many of the excursions as possible and experiencing the local culture as well.

I hope you all will join me on this adventure.

À bientôt!

Hailey Nichols, Texas A&M student studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain


I am a senior International Studies major at Texas A&M University and am studying abroad to increase my proficiency in Spanish and to gain appreciation for other cultures. My Instagram handle is @haileyannenichols. 

Natalie Borton, studying abroad in Florence

The time has come! I’m about to set sail for my dream adventure! For June 2019 I will experience all Florence has to offer!

Why do you travel?

I travel to learn, to meet new people, to experience other cultures, to know myself, to have adventures and to challenge myself.

Vivere: to live (Italian)

I’ll be partnering with the API Summer 2019 Student Blogger Program to update on the life of an abroad student! I’ll be posting about the pre-departure anticipation and everything in between.

This unique experience has been one in the making for me; for years I’ve saved up for this. I’ve counted down the days and found myself restless from that anticipation.

Some goals for my abroad experience not only include embracing a foreign culture but truly understanding the meaning of “living in the moment”. I feel like we always talk about “being in the moment”, but to truly understand the euphoria is something that I look forward too. I hope to photographs the moments as well.

API has made my pre-departure experience easy and they prepared me for the new culture immersion!

I can’t wait for this journey, so be sure to stay up-to-date!


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