Meet SYA Students

SYA students come from all walks of life and from every corner of the country. Since SYA's founding in 1964, over 8,000 students from over 1,000 high schools have embarked on the adventure of SYA. While there is no "typical" SYA student, what all SYAers have in common is an insatiable curiosity and a willingness to venture out of their comfort zone. Meet a few recent SYA students below and learn more about who they are and how their experiences in France, Italy, or Spain impacted their lives. 

Meet Kimiye

Meet Kimiye,an SYA Italy student

  • Attended: SYA Italy as a Junior
  • Home School: 'Iolani School
  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI
  • Interests: graphic design, orchestra, springboard diving and napping

Meet Gardner

Meet Gardner, an SYA France student

  • Attended: SYA France as a Junior
  • Home School: Avon Old Farms
  • Hometown: Far Hills, NJ
  • Interests: playing squash, eating and all things aviation

Meet Cara

Meet Cara, an SYA Spain student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Sophomore
  • Home School: Cheltenham High School
  • Hometown: Wyncote, PA
  • Interests: environmental science, art, running, hiking, skiing, traveling and reading good books

Meet Anika 

 
  • Attended: SYA Italy Semester as a Junior
  • Home School: Lincoln School
  • Hometown: Cranston, RI
  • Interests: Chorus, theatre and basketball

Meet Erin

Meet Erin, an SYA Spain Student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Junior
  • Home School: Oregon Episcopal School
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Interests: art history, painting, film, set design, linguistics, computational linguistics, foreign languages, travel and poetry

Meet August 

 
  • Attended: SYA Italy Semester as a Junior
  • Home School: St. George's School
  • Hometown: The Plains, VA
  • Interests: Photography and cooking!

Meet Anna 

Meet Anna, an SYA France student

  • Attended: SYA France as a Junior
  • Home School: The Westminster School
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Interests: Biking, ukulele, drawing, baking and going on adventures 

Meet Defne

Meet Defne, an SYA France student

  • Attended: SYA France as a Junior
  • Home School: The Thacher School
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
  • Interests: international studies (politics, cultures and languages), reading, writing, basketball, acting and playing the upright bass

Meet Ellis

Meet Ellis, an SYA Spain student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Junior
  • Home School: St. Paul's School
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Interests:  politics, travel, movies, French, Spanish, music, mentoring and curating Instagram

Meet Angelina

Meet Angelina, an SYA Italy student

  • Attended: SYA Italy as a Junior
  • Home School: University Liggett School
  • Hometown: Grosse Ponte, MI
  • Interests: playing tennis, listening to too much music, going thrift/vintage shopping, traveling and being around loved ones

Meet Blaise

Meet Blaise, an SYA Spain student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Junior
  • Home School: National Cathedral School
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Interests: track and field, volleyball, Model United Nations and social justice work

Meet Tatiana

Meet Tatiana, an SYA Spain student

  • Attended: SYA Spain as a Junior
  • Home School: The Spence School
  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Interests: history, cinema, international relations, law, golf, tennis, traveling and photography  

Meet Sam

Meet Sam, an SYA France student
  • Attended: SYA France as a Junior
  • Home School: St. Paul's School
  • Hometown: Concord, NH
  • Interests: soccer, traveling, writing and history

Meet Sabra

Meet Sabra, an SYA Italy student

  • Attended: SYA Italy as a Junior
  • Home School: Noble and Greenough School
  • Hometown: Wayland, MD
  • Interests: hiking, being outdoors, playing sports, music, singing in a blues and soul band, reading and baking

To speak with a recent SYA student and learn more about life abroad with SYA, please contact our Admissions team.
Email: sya.admissions@sya.org
Phone: 978.725.6828