Send Gabrielle to study in Thailand this Summer!

Gabrielle Judge Start Date: Mar 28, 2018 - End Date: Jun 30, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand

My Travel Story

by: Gabrielle Judge Start Date: Mar 28, 2018 - End Date: Jun 30, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
I am pursuing a study abroad experience in Chiang Mai, Thailand this summer! I am a big believer in the the personal growth challenging yourself brings. I see my study abroad program as seizing a unique opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and diversify myself from my peers to become a well-rounded student and future employee.  

Dates: June 25 - August 4
City: Chiang Mai
Courses: World Economic Issues, Thai Society and Culture 

I will be taking an international business course at Chiang Mai University, which will satisfy a requirement I need for my International Business certificate as part of my business degree and thus, keep me on track for graduation by Spring 2019. This international experience will allow me to understand different cultures outside of the United States as I plan to promote social networking and data security on an international scale after I graduate. I want to live and learn somewhere beyond Europe or Australia to experience the potential struggle of language barriers and cultural differences. Chiang Mai will expose me to a lifestyle beyond the American-centered environment I have been in all my life.

My generation of students have the opportunity to be so involved during our college careers that the idea of optimizing and exploring our uniqueness before we graduate dawns on me and my peers more than ever. Thus, I am motivated to continue to set goals for my remaining academic years and the rest of my life. I am choosing to study abroad because I want to do everything I can possibly do and make myself the best person I can be before I leave this life. Studying abroad will satisfy my hunger and desire to step outside of my comfort zone resulting in increased adaptability, flexibility, and self-confidence – all benefits that will help me achieve personal, academic, and future career goals. I set out to gain a new perspective of the business world, newfound motivation, and a unique cultural awareness that I can integrate into my professional career.

While business is global, my concentration, Computer Information Systems (CIS), a STEM field, is underrepresented. Of the 2,400+ undergraduate students in the College of Business at Colorado State University, only 170 are studying CIS. Even more important to note is that females make up 30% of the CIS concentration at CSU. Pertaining to abroad opportunities, resources are also scarce for CIS students. As a minority within my college and area of study, I am prepared to be under-represented in my career field as well. This has further driven me to differentiate myself among my peers by seeking out opportunities like study abroad. My goal is to inspire and create a positive and leading generation of women in the tech business industry through innovative business methods and cultural awareness.

BUT....I can only raise so much money of my own through my scholarships, financial aid, and personal savings to make this happen. Whether you're interested in donating or not, thank you for taking the time to read my page! If you are, here are some donation amounts conceptialized.
  • $15 Will cover my international health insurance for one week 
  • $25 Will cover my breakfast and lunch for one day 
  • $50 Will cover one night of accommodation 
  • $75 One hour of my flight 
  • $125 Will get me my visa 
I am trying to raise money for my airfare at $1,599, but if that goal is not fully met these are some examples your donation will help towards.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand


  • Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship

    Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
    So, so excited to announce I am now a Gilman Scholar! This is a nationally competitive grant program through the US Department of State that allows students of limiting financial means to study abroad.

    Impactful statistics from 2016-17:
    -68% of Gilman Scholars would not have been able to study abroad without the scholarship
    -89% of Gilman Scholars were first in their family to study abroad
    -23% of Gilman Scholars participated in career-orientated experiences
    -30% of Gilman Scholars were STEM majors

    As I relate to all of these I am so humbled to be supported by such a great fund! I will be vlogging my abroad experience sponsored by Gilman as my service project. So, keep your eyes peeled for updates if interested at all.
  • Welcome!

    Thank you so much for visiting this page! It means the world to me!
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