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International Insights

Hanna Griffith, BA '17, studied abroad in Mexico and Russia thanks to donor support.

With a community of support behind her, international studies and Spanish major Hanna Griffith, BA '17, is ready to take her international experiences and translate them into change at home.  

I come from a small town in New York State, and the first time I visited UB and heard three different languages, I knew it was the place for me! I was fascinated by the diversity and all that I could learn.

What has also been incredible is the support from donors that has made it possible for me to pursue my degree in international studies. My classes have prepared me well. But it’s the experiences I’ve had outside the classroom that are preparing me for my future even more so. Gifts to UB helped me to study abroad in Mexico and Russia, land an internship at a bilingual public school and work with nonprofit organizations in the Buffalo area.

After graduation, I’m going to start a nonprofit organization based on the model of a “community here (Buffalo) and a community there (abroad).” I will travel to find the right location to help, determine their greatest needs and figure out how best to meet them. Then I will return to Buffalo and begin doing it! With my in-class knowledge, my out-of-class experiences, and with the support of my family, friends and the UB community, I know I’m on my way.

I hope that with your continued support, others are able to benefit as I have. That’s why I’m sharing my story and to asking you to consider a gift to the UB Fund.

My time at UB has been incredible. I never imagined that I’d have had so many opportunities to experience the world. I am grateful to donors like you for helping make it possible. 

-Hannah Griffith, Class of 2017