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ALUMNI PROFILE

ALUMNI PROFILE

INTERVIEW WITH FUA AMBASSADOR, ASHLEY KHOURI BY FUA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION | PHOTO BY ASHELY KHOURI

pre-med, and FUA was able to arrange a pre-clinical placement for me in Florence. WHAT DOES IDENTITY MEAN TO YOU? To me, identity is the way by which I know myself. It is a sense of who I am today, who I was in the past, and who I will aim to become in the future. This definition encompasses all of the little pieces that come together to form an identity: awareness of strengths and weaknesses, personality traits, behaviors and cultural influences, just to name a few.

WHAT MAIN LESSONS HAVE TRAVEL AND STUDYING ABROAD TAUGHT YOU?

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. My name is Ashley Khouri. I’m from Erie, Pennsylvania but I go to Duke University in North Carolina. I’m majoring in Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and I’m on the Pre-Medical track. The first time I came to Florence was thanks to a scholarship in high school that allowed me to choose a study abroad program anywhere in the world. I picked Florence because FUA’s pre-college program appealed to me the most for the classes that were offered and because it catered exclusively to high school students like myself. When thinking about what I wanted to do for a summer study abroad during college, I knew it had to be related to

Traveling and studying abroad have taught me a multitude of lessons and for that, I could not be more thankful. Spending time away from the States taught me to understand and love what I’m unfamiliar with – it brought me out of my comfort zone. Being abroad taught me to value impermanence. Going abroad, I always had a set date that I’d be leaving on. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay there forever (no matter how much I wanted to), and I knew that the people I met would return to being thousands of miles away at the conclusion of my experience. Nonetheless, this taught me to take advantage of every opportunity, make the most of every minute I had and make connections with people I would not have ever had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

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BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

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