Traveler Bio

Bonjour! (Hello!) My name is Janessa, but I go by Nessa. I am 21 years old and originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I am a recent graduate of the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. I now have a degree in philosophy and was able to study abroad in Cannes, France, just a year before graduating. 

I love to write poems, eat delicious food, and spend time with my friends and family. I also love traveling! I love to learn new things and meet new people. During my time in France, I learned so much about French culture, the French language, and met so many cool people. Studying aborad in France taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. The world is so big, and it is important to me to meet people all over it to expand my perspective. You can do the same! 


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!