London Global Ambassadors

Name: Ryley Bonferraro ’20

Major: English & Textual Studies and Writing & Rhetoric

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I had so many amazing experiences while I was abroad. I got to learn a lot about the cultures and histories of so many different places, and that helped me really understand what it’s like to live somewhere other than America. I think my most valuable experience was being able to really immerse myself in the cultures in London. Not only did I get to know the city and the people who live there, but I became very independent and learned a lot about myself as well. I realized how much I loved living in a big city like London, and studying abroad there was something I’ll never forget. Getting to call London “home,” even for just a little while, was absolutely amazing.

Contact: rbonferr@syr.edu


Name: Lauren Borg ’20

Major: History & Social Studies Education

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Experiencing new countries with new friends! I lived with one of my sorority sisters who I did not know very well but we realized that we were very similar in many ways, and did everything together from shopping on Oxford Street to visiting inside Buckingham Palace. I also made new friends from the program who I now consider some of my best friends. I would not have wanted to travel to 8 other countries with anyone else. I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Prague with friends from my London program and my best friend from home. During this unforgettable weekend, I enjoyed old and new friends while signing the Lennon Wall, visiting the Prague Castle, and walking across the Charles Bridge. I am very grateful for my abroad experience which allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, experience a multitude of different cultures, and become a much more independent person.

Contact: lsborg@syr.edu


Name: Zoe Costanza ’20

Major: Anthropology & History

Semester Abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? For spring break, I traveled alone to Poland and Germany. I started in Krakow, staying there for 2 days, exploring the city and eating pierogi. I also traveled out to the concentration camp Auschwitz, a harrowing experience that was the main focal point of my trip, as it was something I had wanted to do for years after learning about it in high school. I then went to Berlin and stayed there for 4 days, wandering around the east and west sides, visiting museums, going on walking tours, and enjoying the history of it all. Doing this trip (and all the planning for it) by myself was scary at first, but I knew traveling Europe alone was something that I wanted to do while I was in London. It definitely became an incredibly valuable experience, not only abroad, but also in my life.
Contact: zecostan@syr.edu


Name: Shannon Hope ’20

Major: Public Relations

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was being chosen to attend an ambassadorial trip to Lockerbie, Scotland as a part of the 30th year anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. In addition to learning more about the event and connecting with people who experienced it first-hand, I also got to act as the photographer/PR person for all Remembrance Events at the SU London Center. Being able to see Lockerbie for Lockerbie and talk to students who live in the tiny town was probably one of the most memorable parts of the entire semester.

Contact: smhope@syr.edu


Name: Suzy MacPherson ’20

Major: Television, Radio, and Film

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? There wasn’t one single experience while I was abroad that I can pin down as my best. I think the most valuable experience I had was constantly keeping an open mind; whether that be talking to new people out on the streets, eating amazing new foods at street markets, meeting great guest lecturers in class, hopping on a crazy overnight bus with my best friend, going to a film festival, or just wandering around my neighborhood. Being able to open myself up to all the amazing stuff going on around me helped me grow and learn to better appreciate everything around me!

Contact: smacpher@syr.edu


Name: Brendan Paparella ’20

Major: Bandier Program

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? One of my most powerful memories was my weekend as a Syracuse ambassador to Scotland, where I went with a group of students to build relationships with the people of Lockerbie. Some of the toughest parts about the trip was visiting the different places that the Pan Am Flight 103 plane parts were found. It was raining and everyone was extremely silent, making the experience of everything that much more impactful. Through Lockerbie, I was given a unique fortuity to learn a new frame of reference of Pan Am through Scottish stories and first-hand accounts of people who were present during the disaster. It helped me grow as a person to be able to connect deeply with people and a country outside of America.

Contact: bpaparel@syr.edu


Name: Sarah Piraino ’19

Major: History

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience from being abroad was being complete immersed in London’s culture. Also, the professors that the program has, are some of the best teachers I’ve ever had, each class had field trips to museums and other places!

Contact: spiraino@syr.edu


Name: Caitlin Shalhoub ’20

Major: Advertising

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Having the opportunity to go abroad has made me so much more independent than I ever expected. Traveling all over Europe on my own allowed me to learn a lot about myself; I am not good at using public transportation, but very good at understanding and appreciating cultures different from my own. Spending my fall break traveling around Italy is something that I will always remember, as it is something that I have been dreaming of my entire life. I am so lucky to say “I’ve been there,” when talking about nine different European countries, and I will never forget my semester in London.

Contact: ceshalho@syr.edu


Name: Gaelyn Smith ’20

Major: Acting B.F.A.

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience that I had was getting to study and learn from professional actors and directors at the Globe Theatre and getting to perform on the Globe Stage.

Contact: gdsmith@syr.edu


Name: Karley Warden ’21

Major: Political Science-U and Public Relations

Semester Abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience studying abroad was learning about a new culture in my media class, then walking outside and seeing everything I learned about. I was able to immerse myself in the societal norms of England and begin to understand both its parallels and stark differences to American culture. My time abroad taught me more than I ever thought I would know about Britsh media, class and overall lifestyle.

Contact: kawarden@syr.edu