Traveler Bio

Hello! My name is Alyssa Washington and I am from Gaffney, South Carolina. I study mass communication and Spanish at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I am 21 years old and a senior in college. I chose mass communication because I love writng and I want to make a difference with my written words. I chose to add a Spanish major because I love Spanish culture--the language, the music, and especially the food!

I planned to study abroad in Spain during the Fall 2020 semester, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn't go. Now, I will be taking online courses at two different universities in Spain: Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville and Universidad Nebrija in Madrid. My study abroad journey is non-traditional, but that is what makes the experience more fun and challenging to complete. I can't wait to share my stories and experiences with y'all! 

Want to know more about how you can study or intern abroad when you are a college student? The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Learn more about the scholarship by clicking here!