Beijing Global Ambassadors

kirstenfraserName: Kirsten Fraser ’18

Hometown: South Orange, NJ

Majors: International relations and Economics

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What do you wish you had known before going abroad? At Tsinghua University, there is a buddy program that allows you to partner up with a current Tsinghua University student and they help show you around the school and give you good insights into the area and what things you might need to buy and where to get them. I was very worried before I left that I would be mostly on my own and would not adapt well to Beijing, but because of my buddy I was able to easily get used to life in Beijing.

Contact: kmfraser@syr.edu


andreslagunaName: Andres Laguna ’18

Hometown: Panama City, Panama

Majors: International relations and Communications and rhetorical studies

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I like to call myself a “people’s person.” I enjoy talking to people with different backstories and identities. That’s what I got in the SU Beijing program at Tsinghua University. In my view, Beijing is the ultimate example of a cosmopolitan city. In fact, three minutes away from Tsinghua, is Wudaokou, an area commonly known as the “center of the universe” because of the convergence of people from all over the world. During my time in Beijing I made what I am certain will be life-long friends from different countries. This is what I will treasure the most.

Contact: avlaguna@syr.edu


izabellacarterName: Bella Carter ’18

Hometown: Falls, VT

Majors: Finance and Political science

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Going abroad opens up your mind to some many experiences and opportunities that you are unable to capture my merely visiting a country. There are absolutely no regrets by me about going abroad and I would encourage every person I know to leave their comfort zone and go. Syracuse will always be here but these chances won’t.

Contact: ilcarter@syr.edu


lilibethwolfeName: Lilibeth Wolfe ’18

Hometown: Gurabo, PR

Majors: Marketing management and Advertising

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My internship with LAM China, a non-profit organization that provides assistance for women with a rare lung disease, was very special. I volunteered as an English tutor for three adult patients every week. The bonds I formed with my students made me feel at home. I was grateful not only to be of service, but to learn more about China through the anecdotes and experiences they shared with me.

Contact: liwolfe@syr.edu


gabrielmitchellName: Gabriel Mitchell ’17

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Major: Information studies

Semester abroad: Spring 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Learning from people, not just within China, but everyone I met abroad and what their outlooks on life were.

Contact: gqacosta@syr.edu


phoebesudargoName: Phoebe Sudargo ’17

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Public relations and International relations

Semester abroad: Spring 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I was able to intern as a reporter in China’s government official news agency, China.org.cn. And through my brief journalistic work in China, China Daily, another official news agency, invited me to be one of its key note speakers in its 35th Anniversary.

Contact: psudargo@syr.edu


""Name: Elizabeth Quezada ’17

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: English and Textual Studies

Semesters abroad: Fall 2015 (Beijing), Short-term Spring 2015 (Mysteries of London), Short-term Spring 2016 (Jane Austen in Context)

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Volunteering at BN Vocational school while I was studying abroad in Beijing was something I looked forward to every week. Being able to make a difference in the lives of these students by volunteering to help them learn English was an experience I will never forget. The students were always warm and welcoming. That experience helped me in realizing how much I really wanted to go into a profession involving education.

Contact: eaquezad@syr.edu


""Name: Erica Hsiung ’17

Hometown: Bedford, MA

Major: Economics

Semester abroad: Fall 2015

What did you wish you knew before you went abroad? Even though I went abroad to take classes, I believe I learned more through my experiences overseas. I took Chinese, a political science class, and an economics class, but I learned the most through and with my friends I made abroad and traveling. I also learned a lot from myself and my reactions to a foreign country and culture.

Contact: ehsiung@syr.edu


""Name: Pratik Paul ’17

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: Management

Semester abroad: Fall 2015

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? The most unforgettable experience for me while I was abroad was being immersed in a whole new culture. Going to different places in Beijing (and other cities) without the help of a guide or professor (but only my friends), helped me overcome my fear of traveling alone.

Contact: ppaul@syr.edu

 


""Name: Cullen Stubbs ’17

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Majors: International relations and History

Semester abroad: Fall 2015

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Being placed in this setting, away from their own culture, their own group, students discover more about themselves; they discover what defines them as individuals, set in an atmosphere with no safety net and no group mentality. In this way, students return to Syracuse University changed. Personally, I returned to Syracuse with more self-confidence. I no longer felt a need to pretend to act a certain way around certain people; I didn’t have a desire to conform. I instead was more comfortable in my own skin, knowing that where I had traveled and what I had seen set me apart from others.

Contact: cmstubbs@syr.edu


Giancarlos Merced

Name: Giancarlos Merced ’17

Hometown: San Juan, PR

Major: Economics

Semester abroad: Spring 2015

What were your most valuable experiences in Beijing? During my time in Beijing, China, I met people from all over the world: Canada, South Korea, Poland, Russia, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, among others. I believe I created a special bond with each and every one of these people I met. I learned a lot about history, traditions, customs, slang language, and even met traditional Chinese families through mutual friends. Traveling around the country was one of the many fun things I did in China. You can go anywhere cheaply using the popular bullet train.

Contact: gmerced@syr.edu