Friendships are made in all sorts of ways and with all different types of people.


After coming back from my own study abroad experience, during the fall term of 2015, I came back to a school that I knew, but faces which were new to me. After participating in various pick-up soccer matches in our recreational center I came to know many new people, especially international students.

Edwin, a new degree-seeking international student from Honduras, and I quickly became friends through our similarities, mostly soccer and our major, actuarial science.

Like all international friendships the idea of visiting each other again came up, but almost in a joking way. However, in the past summer I realized that I had a couple of weeks free right before school started, so I asked if I could visit him in his home country of Honduras. After much discussion, the decision was made that I would come visit.

Experiencing Honduras with Edwin and his family provided me with an opportunity to see the country in a way that I would have never been able to do on my own.

I ate amazing new foods, saw the capital city of Tegucigalpa from the mountain side, went zip lining, snorkeling, swam in the ocean and even played soccer with the locals.

Creating international friendships is something that is very unique and creates opportunities to quickly learn about American culture and the culture of the international friend.


This post is written by our guest blogger, Daniel Rotolo. Thanks Daniel!

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Daniel Rotolo ’17 is a senior majoring in Actuarial Science and Economics with minors in Finance and German. He studied abroad at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Fall 2015. Daniel returned to complete an internship with The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) as a Data Engineer during his junior year. After graduation, he hopes to work as an actuary at an insurance firm. Check out Daniel’s LinkedIn profile


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Edwin Villavicencio Blanco ’19 is a sophomore majoring in Actuarial Science. He is from Honduras. On campus, Edwin is involved as the Treasurer for International Club. Read more about Edwin