About the Bloggers – Fall 2013

ChenYu Chen National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Semester Exchange

Hi! My name is Yu Chen and I am a junior double majoring in supply chain management and information system. I really enjoy action and adventure and with the city life environment Taipei has to offer, I did not hesitate to apply for this exchange. I will keep you guys updated on my time here. Hopefully I would have a exciting semester here in Taiwan.

DarchicourtAdam Darchicourt IE, Spain, Semester Exchange

Hi, my name is Adam Darchicourt, and I’m an Accounting major in the Robert H. Smith class of 2015. In the Fall, I’ll be travelling to Madrid, Spain to work on learning the language and broadening my worldview at the Instituto de Empresa. I’ve only been out of the country once (to Mexico for a week), so this is a really exciting- and scary- experience! I love to play guitar, go backpacking up mountains, play sports and games with my friends, cook, and occasionally be a beer snob. I’m really going to miss my friends and family! I hope to share some of the fun and education of my journey abroad with you through my blog.

KanthariaVinay Kantharia Maryland-in-Barcelona, Spain, Semester Program

Hello everyone.  My name is Vinay Kantharia and I am a senior, finance and supply chain management double major at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. I like to stay active as much as I can on campus through my involvement in different clubs and intramural sports. I’m big into sports, food and movies. I love to travel, so a semester in Spain will provide me with a perfect opportunity to explore life in a foreign country. I’m excited to learn about new cultures, learn a new language, and see how the University of Maryland is both similar and different than the Universitat autonoma de Barcelona. I can’t wait to share my most memorable experiences with you all through this blog. ¡Vamos!

KoebelMatt Koebel WHU, Germany, Semester Exchange

I’m Matt Koebel and I’ll be entering my third year as a Finance and Accounting student. This coming semester, I’ll be studying abroad in a small western German town called Vallendar with WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management as an exchange student. I like following the stock market and am interested in the possibility of a career abroad.  In my free time, I love watching the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards as well as our own Terrapin baseball team. On campus, I am involved with the Investment Banking Club that a few friends and I started last year as well as being a Resident Assistant in Cambridge Hall. I look forward to a semester in Germany and being able to learn German finance.

NigamSaral Nigam Maryland-in-Barcelona, Spain, Semester Program

Hello! My name is Saral Nigam and I am a Finance and Economics major here at the University of Maryland. Last winter, I went on the study abroad trip to study social entrepreneurship in Thailand. After that experience, I knew I had to study abroad again, and what better than a whole semester!  As a senior, I will be traveling to Barcelona to get a first-hand look at the European economy. I hope to get an understanding of the Eurozone struggles through classes, activities, and culture. At UMD, I am a Brother of Phi Sigma Pi Honors fraternity, and an employee at 251 North. I am very excited for this trip and getting the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. See you in the spring, Maryland!

PaciousDaniel Pacious Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, Semester Exchange

Hello! My name is Daniel Pacious and I am Junior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business majoring in Accounting and Information Systems. I am also a graduate of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Honor’s Program. On campus, I serve as an Honors Ambassador, play on the rugby team, and help manage R.I.S.E., a new student organization that brings entertainment to the homeless.  This semester I am studying at Wirtschafts Univeristat Wien, also known as the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as an exchange student. I am excited for all the experiences this opportunity will afford me.

SchickMollie Schick Smith-in-Beijing, China, Semester Program

Hey all! My name is Mollie Schick. I am a Junior, double majoring in International Business and Chinese. I have studied abroad with the Smith School twice and have studied abroad with UMD on three other occasions. I spent this past summer in Shanghai, China studying International Business and Chinese and will be continuing my Chinese and Business studies in Beijing, China at the University of International Business and Economics via the Smith-in-Beijing program. My previous study abroad experiences have all been short term programs, and I cannot wait to continue to my immersion in China!

SinghaniaSwati Singhania IE, Spain, Semester Exchange

Hi everyone! My name is Swati Singhania and I will be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for the Fall semester. I am an Accounting and Information Systems double and will be graduating in December of 2013.  Post study abroad and graduation, I plan on obtaining my CPA after which I will begin working at KPMG. I am really looking forward to my time in Spain and can’t wait to see what the Instituto de Empresa Business School has in store for me!