Sophie Grumelard is a research assistant to USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow Donald Horowitz. Originally from Evry, France, she studied for a year at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Florida when she was 15. She has an undergraduate degree in management as well as a graduate degree in international business from University of Florida, and is currently a graduate student at American University studying international peace and conflict resolution. During her high school study abroad experience she learned English, played high school sports, and traveled extensively around the U.S. with other exchange students. In thinking about her experiences, she feels:
Discovering the differences and similarities between the American and French cultures made me understand how important it is to experience other cultures through first-hand interactions, in order to acknowledge differences without judging others. My experiences further inspired me to discover more cultures and motivated me to study abroad again in college, twice in South Korea and once in Poland.