Hong Kong Global Ambassadors

Name: Anjuman Alam ’19

Major: Systems & Information Science

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Through traveling across East Asia, learning in the classroom, and my internship with BSD Education, I learned how to plan a trip to and navigate through a foreign country, I learned about the culture and daily life of people in Asia, and I also experienced what it’s like to intern in a startup in a foreign country!

I didn’t realize how easy it is to travel until I went abroad. Being able to travel to countries across East Asia helped me get out of my comfort zone and witness the cultural differences between each country. I visited historical landmarks in these countries and observed the significance and impact that history has on the daily life of the citizens today. In addition to traveling, my internship with BSD Education, a technology education company, introduced me to web design coding languages and helped me connect with a group of intelligent individuals who love what they do and are making an impact in educating the next generation of tech innovators. That is why studying abroad is an experience I will always cherish because it helped me grow as a person and discover new passions.

Contact: aaalam@syr.edu

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: 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

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