With Valentine's Day usually on everyone's mind in February, we wanted to use this month's newsletter to share a special study abroad alumni story. Nickolas and Abigail Simpson met while attending HUG/HUF in the fall of 2018 and recently got married! Please continue reading below to see what Abigail had to say about their study abroad experience.
HUG/HUF will always hold a special place in my heart because that was where I met my husband. We met the night our group arrived in Greece, as we all walked through the streets of Porto Rafti for the first time. We cherish the fact that our first shared experiences were studying abroad. We can trace early moments in our friendship back to amazing, historic locations— and we love that!
One of the first things we did together was summit Mount Olympus in the same small group. We remember talking at the Acrocorinth, and on our way to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. We talked the whole flight from Tel Aviv to Rome, and just became better friends throughout our time in Italy. We officially started dating in Paris while our group was doing independent travel, and our first date was to the palace of Versailles. (As far as cool dates go, it's true— we pretty much peaked with that first one.)
HUG/HUF means so much to us. At our ring ceremony after we got engaged, no one was louder or more supportive than our HUG/HUF group. Kyle and Elizabeth Thompson, our traveling faculty for our semester abroad, did premarital counseling with us, and Kyle officiated our wedding. We couldn't be more thankful for our experience at HUG/HUF!
If you had a similar study abroad experience, we'd love to hear from you and possibly feature you in a future newsletter or social media post. Please send your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Virtual Tour of Florence, Italy with HUF Director Robbie Shackelford
For the past six months, HUF director Robbie Shackelford has been recording video tours of Florence to share Italy with prospective students and alumni alike. Below are the links to each video on his Instagram page. Stay tuned for more videos to follow!
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