Bethany Melendez, University of the Incarnate Word

ESC Social Media Ambassador Bethany Melendez

Bethany Melendez, ESC Fall semester student from the University of the Incarnate Word

Bethany is one of our elected Social Media Ambassadors. She is a sophomore at the University of The Incarnate Word studying communication art with a concentration in journalism as well as a photography and English minor. It’s her first time studying abroad and we are really happy that she has chosen the European Study Center to do so!

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have traveled outside of the US before this but only to Costa Rica. It was for education and charity purposes.

Why did you choose the ESC Heidelberg program?
I chose the European Study Center Heidelberg program because I had heard many wonderful things about. I researched the program and felt that this is somewhere I see myself thriving. It also helps that Heidelberg is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
I am hoping that I gain more personal experience in getting out of my comfort zone while I am here. I very much enjoy putting myself out there and being open to new and exciting opportunities. I am really looking forward to all that Heidelberg and the study abroad program has to offer me. I surely will be taking full advantage.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
My main interest is more of a passion. For the past 6 years, I have been taking photos. I fell in love with photography from the first time I held a camera, my freshman year of high school. From competitions, being published in newspapers, and having the title of photo editor for 4 years. I have never felt more comfortable than when I am using my skill. What I hope to do with my photography in the future is to use it journalistically by reporting on global issues that people should know about. I am a firm believer that a picture really can be worth a thousand words and that is what I hope to accomplish with my work. I want to make a difference in the only way I truly know how to.

Do you speak any foreign languages?
I mainly speak English but know some Spanish and I am currently learning German.

What do you expect to gain from your semester in Heidelberg?
I expect to gain friends, opportunities, and most importantly I know I will gain memories that I will look back on for the rest of my life.

Feel free to get in touch with me. I’m happy to answer your questions! bmelende@student.uiwtx.edu

ESC Social Media Ambassador