Study Abroad Peer Advisor
Guten tag! I'm Trevor, a fourth-year physics major and sociology minor, and for the 2015-2016 school year I studied at the Technical University of Berlin. As part of the UCEAP's Berlin Immersion Program, I was able to take regular courses at the TUB and enjoy the wonders of Berlin, all the while earning credit for my major. It was challenging to say the least, but in the end I came back with countless new friends, memories, and all sorts of skills.
While I was in Berlin, I did all I could to make the most of my study abroad experience. It didn't take me long to find what I wanted to do and pretty soon I was playing handball, singing in a choir, and watching soccer matches in pubs with my flatmates. Eventually I started exploring areas outside of Berlin, and ended up spending most of my spring break traversing a sizable portion of Europe by train. Over the course of the year, I connected with hundreds of interesting and amazing people, every one of whom had their own unique story. Needless to say, it was amazing being able to interact so many people from so many cultures in so many places!
I came back to California not only with a treasure trove of memories that I'll keep for the rest of my life, but also a wealth of knowledge about myself and the world around me. I chose to study abroad because I wanted a different perspective than the one I grew up with in Northern California. As I expected, studying in Germany and traveling through Europe gave me perspective in spades—from what it's like to be a perpetual outsider, to how non-Americans view the US, and beyond. What I didn't expect was how much my perspective of myself would change as well. There were many aspects of my personality that I only really noticed in Berlin, but there were just as many things about me that completely changed while I was abroad.
Without a doubt, I can say that studying abroad with UCEAP was one of the best decisions I have ever made. So much so, that now that I'm back in Davis, I want to help as many people as I can find their study abroad experience! So if you want someone to help convince you to take the plunge, or even if you just have a few questions, come on by and say hello. My fellow peer advisors and I will be happy to help out in any way we can!