Francisco Leon

Career Goals

My overall career goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of others in a field that I am passionate about. I plan to apply this goal to a career in Physical Therapy.

What made you choose this study abroad course?

The programs’ emphasis on hands-on experiences sparked my interest. The course is structured to teach students not only about class topics, but also about themselves. This was a major deciding factor for me because I value learning in my academics just as much as personal growth.

What are your goals for your study abroad experience?

This program will introduce me to many “firsts.” Before the program even begins, I will have flown in an airplane and stepped foot out of the U.S. for the first time in my life. I know many more experiences abroad will be unlike any I have had before. With that in mind, my main goal is to embrace these experiences, make the most out of them and grow from each one.

At the end of the program, what memory do you want to take with you?

I hope to take home many memories with me, especially those that include beautiful nature seen on hikes, excursions around the city, formed friendships, and memories of all the challenges throughout my time abroad.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Some of my many hobbies and interests include running, biking, freestyle soccer, hiking, kayaking, volunteering, reading (main genres: non-fiction, autobiography, biography), and listening to podcasts (e.g., TED Radio Hour; Sincerely, X; How I Built This; The Daily).

What is a fun fact not many people know about you?

When I was younger, my father and I enjoyed biking to a nearby pond and skipping rocks. To this day, I still find skipping rocks to be a fun little challenge. In my picture, you see me about to skip a rock while still laughing at my last attempt.  It was with the perfect skipping rock that dove straight into the water with 0 skips.