My name is Sabrina Lima and I graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelor in International Relations, a minor in Geography and a Certificate in European Studies. The Certificate in European Studies has enabled me to understand the many challenges Europe faced and still faces nowadays. The most stimulating facet of the Certificate to me was that you basically pick your area of concentration. If your interests are related to literature you can focus your studies there, if you rather study the political structure of European societies you can concentrate on that. You have various alternatives and you pick what best suits your personal interests. The opportunities brought forth by the Certificate are not limited to academics; I had the chance to do an internship with the European Studies Department, and the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence, in which I gained a lot of experience in event coordination and also networking with the various distinguished visitors who came to give lectures at FIU. Some of them include Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the US; Honorable Lech Walesa, a co-founder of the Solidarity movement in Poland; and many more. Hence, I recommend for any student to enroll in the Certificate in European Studies with the assurance that this certification will benefit you academically as well help you grow as a person by establishing a sense of understanding between various cultures.