London Global Ambassadors

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


Name: Emily Trenton ’19

Major: Industrial and Interaction Design

Semester abroad: Spring 2018, London Center Design

What was your most valuable experience abroad? There wasn’t just one valuable experience as I had many and enjoyed them all. It felt surreal waking up in the morning and knowing how lucky I was to be able to live and experience different cultures abroad. From snowshoeing in the Norwegian Fjords to hiking in the Golan Heights, the opportunity to travel to different countries with my friends was one like no other. As a design student studying in London, I wanted to make the most of my time. From the architecture to the gallery visits, I was engulfed in a sea of design. Not only did I learn about international design, I was also able to live within in it. I interned at a small design firm, where I gained new skills and insights in the field. As a whole, my semester in London was a memorable experience academically and personally.

Contact: estrento@syr.edu


Name: Zoe Costanza ’19

Major: 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


megan choateName: Megan Choate (Dec. ’18)

Hometown: Wrentham, MA

Major: Public Relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What would you say was the best part about your semester abroad? Focusing less on the tourist attractions and more on trying to make my life in London as normal as possible made it truly feel like home. I had a favorite tea shop that served as my study space, a favorite pub (as most Londoners do) for post-class dinners with friends, and favorite markets and parks to stroll through on sunny days. I found joy in the little things, like trying new restaurants or visiting neighborhoods I’d never been to before. By the end of the semester, I felt like a real Londoner, and now my goal is to someday move back to the city permanently. I was so much happier living there because I took the time to really explore everything London had to offer.

Contact: mechoate@syr.edu


Name: Rachel Brachman ’19

Hometown: Tarzana, CA

Majors: Citizenship & civic engagement and Political science

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most memorable experience from going abroad was my trip to Poland. Our trip was based in Krakow with a daytrip to Auschwitz and Birkenau. I felt so fortunate standing at this concentration camp, realizing how terrible this time and place was for so many and how much I have to be thankful for. It made me all the more grateful for the opportunities I had to travel and see the world. It allowed me to experience and understand other cultures, which fosters acceptance, thus lessening the chance of such a horrible thing happening again. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about culture and history through this trip while I was abroad.

Contact: rkbrachm@syr.edu


Nicole WilliamsName: Nicole Williams (Dec. ’18)

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Advertising

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Visiting Prague, Czech Republic with my mother during the kickoff of the holiday season. My mother is of half-Czech descent, while I am one-quarter Czech, so it was very important for us to explore the birthplace of our family and ancestral ties. We chose to visit Prague the first weekend in December, which was the opening weekend of the holiday markets and Christmas tree lighting in Old Town Square. At the markets, I tried pastries that my great-grandmother used to make, such as Trdelnik (rolled fried dough) and Kolacky, jelly-filled cookies.

Contact: nmwillia@syr.edu


Name: Brendan Tierney ’19

Hometown: Berwyn, PA

Major: Broadcast & digital journalism

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What did you wish you had known before studying abroad? I wish I had known how much smaller everything is in England compared to America before I went abroad. I learned how to live a much simpler everyday life during my time in London, but I packed way too much compared to what I needed and what would fit into my flat.

Contact: bmtierne@syr.edu


Name: Haley Kim ’19

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Majors: Magazine and Marketing management

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? For me, visiting Lockerbie, Scotland, was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire semester abroad. While it was one of the first trips I took, it stayed in the back of my head because of its connection to Syracuse. While I knew the details of Pan Am Flight 103, the gravity of the plane crash really hit home for me. As a student studying abroad, I really connected with the 35 SU students who were on that plane. They had just finished the semester of their lives, explored Europe and possibly found self-discovery — everything that I was going through, too.

Contact: hykim100@syr.edu


Name: Benedykt Ezlakowski ’19

Hometown: Des Plaines, IL

Major: Architecture

Semesters abroad: Spring 2017 (London) and Fall 2017 (Florence)

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? A study abroad experience is one of the most best decision that they can make, because even if things are scary and stressful at times, your time abroad will change how you look at the world, it will make it less scary, and you will find the time beyond rewarding. I would point out that getting out of your comfort zone will ultimately make you a stronger and more independent person. I would also reiterate that an opportunity like this doesn’t come along often and that while they can, it is extremely beneficial to challenge your perspective.

Contact: bezlakow@syr.edu


Name: Leah Cooper ’19

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

Major: Public Relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was the most valuable experience you had abroad? My entire abroad experience boosted my confidence. It made me a more independent person. It made me a better person. There is nothing more satisfying than saying, “I traveled to this country, and I planned it by myself.” I had a tough time adjusting to abroad at first. I was very homesick, and for someone who never gets homesick, this was terrifying. My trip to Dublin was the most valuable experience because it was the moment that I realized I could do this. I could enjoy this experience and it would change my life for the better.

Contact: lbcooper@syr.edu


Name: Kristen Brown ’19

Hometown: North Haven, CT

Major: Musical Theater

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? I would tell them about all the great opportunities that rise to the surface from being abroad. I would tell them that for me, abroad served me by making me grow up. The adjective “responsible” has a much more profound meaning. I learned so much about myself, my relationship to the world, America’s relationship to the world, culture, and I learned a whole new skill set including a new list of vocabulary from my newfound English and Scottish friends!

Contact: kgbro100@syr.edu