London Global Ambassadors

Name: Eliot Sayavong ’18

Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Majors: Music industry

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I would say I learned to live my life in a more fulfilling way. I was surrounded by so much culture and amazing things to do that it made me start appreciating my life a bit more! And I think the spark for that event was when I was climbing the Austrian Alps during my spring break and I got to the top and just felt so happy that I could have this kind of opportunity!

Contact: eesayavo@syr.edu


Name: Giana Asterito ’18

Hometown: Warminster, PA

Majors: Broadcast and digital journalism

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? When I was deciding whether I wanted to study abroad in London or away in LA or NYC, I constantly reminded myself that I would never get a chance like this again, a whole entire semester to study in a different country. LA and NYC would always be there, but there is a slim chance that I would have another opportunity to spend that much time overseas learning about different cultures. I would say that studying in Europe doesn’t just help with academic growth, but personal growth as well, and knowledge about the real world.

Contact: gnasteri@syr.edu


Name: Audrey O’Donnell ’18

Hometown: Lafayette, CA

Majors: English and textual studies

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? If it’s possible for you to go abroad, GO ABROAD! Once you graduate from college, real life kicks in, and although you could travel post-grad, there is something really special about going outside of your comfort zone and taking a semester (or more?) off of campus and in an entirely different environment. Not to mention, the ACADEMIC aspect of studying abroad is something unmatched by any other travel experience, in my opinion. The professors I had at Syracuse London were some of the most influential and thought-provoking teachers I have ever had.

Contact: alodonne@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


laurenpieferName: Lauren Piefer (Dec. ’17)

Hometown: Oconomowoc, WI

Majors: Policy studies and International relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? If you’re able to go abroad, you should. It’s not an opportunity to waste because it truly only comes once in your life. Abroad is so much more than adapting to studying in a new place or with foreign instructors, it’s about learning about the world around you and the space you fill, who you are as a person, and who you want to strive to be in the future. Abroad is eye opening-exciting-fun. And I wouldn’t change any experience I had for the world–and I couldn’t imagine my life without doing so. In fact, after my semester abroad I’ve decided that I want to pursue a masters abroad. It opens your eyes to so many new things, new experiences, new people, new anything–and that makes you a better person.

Contact: lepiefer@syr.edu


gracewnorowskiName: Grace Wnorowski ’18

Hometown: Manasquan, NJ

Major: Advertising

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? Studying abroad expands your boundaries farther than anyone could ever think possible. While at SU, we are privileged with an amazing campus, classes, and faculty, which are all hard to leave, but trust me, it is worth it. In those four months abroad you’ll learn more about yourself and more about the rest of the world than you ever could sitting in a classroom on campus. You can read in a text book about the castles in Prague, you can look at pictures on Google Images, but nothing will compare to walking along those cobble stone roads and seeing giant castles rise into the night sky. You will learn to appreciate these extraordinary moments, but also the small moments, like when your British professors think it is funny that you clap for guest speakers. Wherever you choose to study, you will be experiencing new culture, new lives, new thoughts, and new moments, all of which will push you to grow as a person and expand your knowledge far, far beyond the typical classroom.

Contact: gawnorow@syr.edu


Processed with VSCO with c3 presetName: Abigail Wells ’18

Hometown: Wyomissing, PA

Majors: Marketing management and Advertising

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Before going abroad, I was obsessively planning every last detail of my time there. I was so nervous I was going to miss seeing something I would never get to see again. I was treating my semester in Europe like a vacation. When I got there, I quickly came to the realization that I wasn’t there to sight-see for a little and then leave; I live there. Instead of forcing myself to see every last tourist attraction available, I made my time there more about living briefly like a London local, and my experience was incredible. It made me want to go back there and live there for a little while longer. When I stopped worrying about constant planning and sight seeing and started going grocery shopping in different places or attending different markets, I was so much more enthralled with the abroad lifestyle.

Contact: aewells@syr.edu


kimrothName: Kim Roth ’18

Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Major: Musical theatre

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? One of many unforgettable experiences happened during half-term. I went on an SU Field Trip to the Adriatic Coast, touring Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Montenegro with a group of SU students. While in Croatia, we visited the botanical garden on the Island of Lokrum. Upon our arrival we were given the choice to do whatever we wanted for the time being as long as we got back to the ferry at a specific time. While some people chose to go to the Game of Thrones sightseeing, I chose to go on a little excursion with our guides Linda Kalnina and Mark Spokes. We chatted a bit about our past travels and our future hopes of adventure. The three of us shared this amazing vegan lunch while taking in the fantastic views. We hiked the island and even tried some local fruit. It was an incredible day and I got to bond with some people I never would have met if it were not for SU Abroad.

Contact: kimroth14@gmail.com


jackiepageName: Jacqueline Page ’18

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Majors: International relations and TRF

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? While studying abroad in London, I wanted to get to know British students through the association with University College of London. I decided to try out for the UCLU Lacrosse team and ended up making their women’s first team. Within a week of being in London, I had met a group of 20 UCL student athletes and began to learn more about British culture. It was a life-changing experience, beginning to understand the ways in which our lives differed in education, upbringing, and sports. It was unforgettable debating with them about the future of the world and gaining a deeper understanding to all sides of arguments. Overall, all my experiences in London were life-changing, but the core element stayed the same throughout: the London students.

Contact: jlpage@syr.edu