Hong Kong Global Ambassadors

Name: Stephen Huie ’19

Hometown: Hamilton, NJ

Major: Economics

Home college: Johns Hopkins University

Semester abroad: Fall 2017, Hong Kong Center

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I love how studying abroad enabled me to experience the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia. I was exposed to new customs, ideas, and lifestyles, which inspired me to look at the world from a more enlightened and open-minded perspective. Studying abroad and immersing myself into another culture encouraged me to break out of my comfort zone and try new things, which definitely helped me to grow as a person.

Contact: shuie2@jhu.edu


Name: Jamaya Powell ’18

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Television, radio, and film

Semester abroad: Fall 2017, Direct Enroll at CityU

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? I would tell them to just go. If money is a problem, there are scholarships and you can always be frugal. I would tell them about all the places they can visit on a college student budget, which is difficult to do as you get older. It is the best time in your life to go abroad because you have stability through the school.

Contact: japowe03@syr.edu


Name: Alexandra Goodnough ’19

Hometown: Sandy Creek, NY

Majors: Policy studies and Supply chain management

Semester abroad: Fall 2017, Hong Kong Center

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I learned so much about new cultures, but also about myself. I learned that it’s okay to be uncomfortable in a foreign country. I learned that it is okay to eat duck, even if its whole head is facing and staring at you on the plate! And I learned that I am able to explore new places and countries by myself, guided by my own passion to experience all of the natural beauty in the world. For three weeks, I traveled through Vietnam and Thailand entirely by myself. That period of time will resonate with me forever and was an experience I am unable to fully express in words.

Contact: agoodnou@syr.edu


Name: Sammy Cayo ’18

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Finance

Semester abroad: Fall 2017, Hong Kong Center

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? You have this amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Asia under the guidance of your university. If not now, when? You can go to Europe any time in your life, why not take leap now? Asia is vibrant, dynamic, and flowing with interesting people. Be someone who takes chances to explore a new world, and become someone who matured from these experiences. Asia is amazing, and you are only missing out by not taking a chance.

Contact: sacayo@syr.edu


Anna StraitName: Anna Strait ’19

Hometown: Guilford, CT

Major: International relations

Semesters abroad: Fall 2015 (Discovery Strasbourg), Spring 2017, Hong Kong: Direct Enroll at CityU

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My classes about China/Hong Kong were helpful in learning the culture and history. I was able to appreciate everything more and ask locals educated questions about the relationship between Hong Kong and China to get an even better understanding.

Contact: astrait@syr.edu


kristen unangstName: Kristen Unangst ’18

Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Majors: Supply chain management and finance

Semester abroad: Fall 2016, Hong Kong Center

What do you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I knew how difficult it would be to leave!! I decided to study abroad in Asia because I figured that there would be no way I could ever visit that part of the world at another time in my life. Hong Kong is a 16-hour flight away, with stark differences in culture and language that would make it difficult to travel there for a weekend getaway or even for an extended period of time. I thought of my time abroad as an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it ended up being so much more than that. I can now easily see myself traveling, living, and working in Hong Kong. The internship portion of my abroad experience was one of the most meaningful parts of it for me, because it gave me the ability to understand what working in Hong Kong would be like and truly got me hooked on Hong Kong. It felt so easy and natural to hop on the MTR in my business casual and to watch the city wake up on my way into the office.

Contact: kunangst@syr.edu


ilona tothName: Ilona Toth ’18

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

Majors: Accounting and EEE

Semester abroad: Fall 2016, Hong Kong Center

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I went into my semester very open-minded. I wanted to learn as much as I could about Southeast Asia, myself, and being out of my comfort zone. I forced myself to try new things. I ate food I never knew existed, jumped off waterfalls, rode elephants, and loved every minute of every crazy and unplanned thing that happened. All of my experiences abroad taught me to be more spontaneous and go with the flow, something I previously was not too good at. Traveling and living abroad allowed me to grow as a student and an individual.

Contact: itoth@syr.edu


caitlin o'haraName: Caitlin O’Hara ’18

Hometown: Merrick, NY

Major: Business administration

Semester abroad: Fall 2016, Hong Kong Center

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was being involved in a culture so different from the one I am used to. The way that I learn, the way that things are done in the United States is not the same as how they are done elsewhere. While I knew this to be true, obtaining a global perspective allowed me to fully experience those differences in a way that allowed me to better understand the culture of Southeast Asia. This allowed me to open my mind and aid in my immersion in Hong Kong.

Contact: ceohara@syr.edu


allison clarkName: Allison Clark ’18

Hometown: Ventura, CA

Major: Public relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2016, Hong Kong Center

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience while abroad was the ability to intern with a Hong Kong fashion company while I was there. As their only American employee, my opinion was heavily valued, and I got to learn so much about the Asian culture that I wouldn’t have if I did not have that incredible opportunity. I was also able to make networking connections and produce content that will advance me in my career for the rest of my life.

Contact: awclar02@syr.edu