Hello everyone! My name is Erik Smith. I am majoring in Political Science with minors in History and Communications. I am just completing my second year at The Ohio State University, and I am preparing for the trip of a lifetime!
I have been fascinated with World War II since I was five years old because of my strong family ties to the war. My grandfather, SSG Joseph Smith, fought in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. My great uncles also fought in World War II. I have always dreamed of traveling to Europe to see where my family and many other Brave soldiers fought.
The World War II Study Abroad Program has already taught me so much more than I already knew about the causes, events, and consequences of World War II. Seeing the sites in person will be a humbling experience. After learning so much and preparing for months, I am eager to set off on this adventure.