Hong Kong Global Ambassadors

Name: Anna Strait ’19

Hometown: Guilford, CT

Majors: 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

Name: Annie Namkoong (Dec. ’17)

Hometown: Seongnam, South Korea

Majors: Sociology

Semesters abroad: Fall 2016, Hong Kong Center/Spring 2017 London Center

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? I would emphasize to those students who are unsure that they’re not alone during program (3-4 months) and they will never run out of things to do. I would also inform them about the internship experience they will have and how its also a good chance for them to build their resume and grow as a globalized citizen.

Contact: dnamkoon@syr.edu

kristenunangstName: 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

ilonatothName: 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

caitlinoharaName: 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

allisonclarkName: 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