Emy is a senior at the University of Vermont. For her final year, she had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Sweden. We asked her to share a little more of her story.

“I decided to attend UVM during the spring semester of my senior year at BHS after it became clear that they would be the best fit for me academically and financially. Steps to Success helped me tremendously through every step of the process. I received help in the application phase through editing of my essays, submitting the FAFSA, and creating a complete list of schools that I felt comfortable and confident about. Steps helped me to understand my financial aid package, making me feel prepared and excited for this next phase of my education.

During my Junior year, when most people decide to spend a semester abroad, I realized studying abroad was something I really wanted to pursue. I dug a little deeper in my search and found many financially viable options for studying abroad through the support of UVM’s international office. I chose to study in Stockholm, Sweden because of its reputation in the field of gender equality.

As a psychology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies double major, I am very interested in a multidisciplinary approach to improving developmental, behavioral, and sociological trajectories of low-income minority youth in the US. Coming from this family background myself, I want to provide not only a role model for minority students coming from lower socio-economic backgrounds, but also assist in research to improve and reverse likely negative trajectories.”