Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Florida
School: Saint Petersburg Collegiate High School
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Olá! My name is Veronika Suyupova. I am 18 years old, and currently a senior at Saint Petersburg Collegiate High School. I am beyond excited to travel abroad to Brazil for the whole year! I was born in Volgograd, Russia, and moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida when I was 9. I have already undergone one culture shock when I first moved here but I adapted fairly quickly because I was still pretty young. I have learned to make connections with diverse populations and adapt to different environments from having to constantly move; however, my experiences have made me appreciate the world around even more for its various cultures and languages. I love my family for being my biggest supporters and helping me throughout my journey. After school, I plan on applying to the University of Florida and majoring in World Languages and Literature, along with Psychology. For my hobbies, I like to ballroom dance, rock climb, and spend time with my friends by going on road trips or simply exploring our own little city's coffee shops and boutiques. I love traveling and meeting new people. Every person has their own story and experiences of enlightenment so I really appreciate making small talk with them about their origin or any life-changing occurrences. I am very fortunate to participate in such a powerful organization which will allow me to meet new people, make lifelong friends, and get close to people who I will call my second family. I can’t wait for this year abroad to bring me new challenges and experiences, a whole new language, and unforgettable memories!