Madrid Global Ambassadors

Name: Shannon Bauman ’20

Major: Economics

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience while studying abroad was definitely allowing myself to be immersed in the language. I chose Madrid because of my Spanish minor and felt that it was important to try to enhance my skills. I have been studying Spanish in school for years but living in another country allowed me to progress in a way that I never thought was possible. While studying aboard I chose to live with a host mom, who did not speak English, which was another chance to challenge myself and gain confidence in my ability. This was a little intimidating at first, but dinner together every night became a great opportunity to practice my Spanish. Studying abroad in Spain is the highlight of my college career and helped push my Spanish ability to the next level.

Contact: scbauman@syr.edu


Name: Madison Bollart ’21

Hometown: Amsterdam, NY

Major: International relations

Semester Abroad: Discovery Madrid Fall 2017

What did you wish you had known before studying abroad? Before I went abroad I wish I knew how real culture shock actually is and how to deal with it. Being in a giant city that speaks a language that is not your own, nonetheless surrounded by complete strangers is overwhelming and stressful. I didn’t really know how to handle the transition from the honeymoon phase at first which ultimately led to me being a bit sad and homesick for a little while. Although I did overcome it, I wish I took the reality of culture shock more seriously so that I could have found better ways to cope and conquer it.

Contact: mtbollar@syr.edu


Name: Kayla Frost ’21

Hometown: Walpole, MA

Major: Economics

Semester Abroad: Fall 2017

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Before I went abroad I wish I knew a better method of packing. I was unsure about the weather, how much to bring with me, the style of Spain, and many other things. I ended up bringing too much stuff with me and also buying too much while I was there, which made it very difficult to travel both there and home. I did not know that I would be able to purchase almost anything I needed while abroad, so I brought shampoo, soap, other toiletries, all which I could have purchased when I arrived, as well as absurd amounts of clothing, most of which I did not even wear.

Contact: kfrost@syr.edu


Name: Ariel Hylton ’20

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders & Spanish

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Living with my host mom was my most valuable experience. Every time I think about Madrid, she is the first person I think of. The best part of my day was coming home from school to a wonderful dinner with her and my roommate. We would sit for hours just talking and getting to know one another. She also taught me so much about Spain and all the ins and outs of Madrid. I can say that I am also a fluent Spanish speaker and most of these skills came from the patience and guidance from my host mom. Living with a host family allows you to really find your place during your abroad experience. Spain became my home away from home. Even though I’m back on the other side of the pond, I still keep in touch with her. I am counting down the days until I go back to Madrid to see her and the beautiful city!

Contact: akhylton@syr.edu


Name: Jacob Kahane ’21

Major: Economics

Semester Abroad: Discovery Madrid Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was getting lost on the metro. One weekend early into my trip I set out on my own to try and find a restaurant I read about online. In the process I got off on the wrong metro stop and I was completely lost in the city. I started to panic a little bit but I calmed myself down and used what little Spanish skills I had to ask someone on the street for help. They told me where I was and helped me figure out how to use the metro correctly so that I wouldn’t get lost again. That experience helped me to realize that I could get by on my own and gave me the added confidence and independence that I needed to continue to explore the rest of the city on my own.

Contact: jmkahane@syr.edu


Name: Jamie Lustig ’20

Major: Neuroscience & Spanish

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was learning from my amazing professors. Not only did they teach me so much about Spain and the language, but they gave great advice for local spots to go to in Madrid and served as mentors for me during my time abroad.

Contact: jllustig@syr.edu


Name: Allie Moore ’20

Major: Finance & Management

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was learning to problem solve under pressure. Whether I was in a country where I didn’t know the language, in need of new travel plans in a pinch, or just looking to fill an empty afternoon in Madrid I learned what makes me comfortable when I am out of my comfort zone. I learned that wherever you are, the people you are surrounded by are your home. And, I learned that leaving your home is the best way to learn what makes you unique. I was frugal with finances and organized with plans – which are skills that have already benefited me back in America. Go abroad to see the world, but learn what is so special about the world you came from, and how you will shape yourself for the world of the future.

Contact: amoore03@syr.edu


Name: Alejandro Muzaurieta ’19

Major: Finance

Semester Abroad: Summer 2016, Madrid and Spring 2018, Florence

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was living with two host families in Madrid and Florence. During my stay, I got to connect to the country and their culture much more deeply.

Contact:  ajmuzaur@syr.edu

 


Name: Giavana Prucha ’22

Major: Biochemistry

Semester Abroad: Discovery Madrid Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Being able to immerse myself in so many unique cultures and truly appreciate the beauty of Spain. I learned more about myself each time I visited a new place and developed a new level of independence. I loved challenging myself through learning different languages and it was so easy to fall in love with Madrid. There is so much value in exploring cities near and far, and the pictures and videos will never compare to the memories I made in those precious moments.

Contact: gprucha@syr.edu


Name: Malavika Randive ’20

Major: International Relations

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? It would definitely have to be all the amazing things I did while on my signature seminar. Just to name a few, I got to go scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, see some incredible marine life species up close, taking classes on the beach, hiking in the mountains of Morocco and learning some amazing things about the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean sea, all within 10 days. It was an experience I will never forget and will always rely on when trying out new things for the first time.

Contact: mnrandiv@syr.edu


Name: Whitney Wertheimer ’20

Major: Policy Studies

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? During a weekend trip Paris, a few friends and I decided to do a day trip to Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, and Omaha Beach. Though trips like this are often not the most fun, it was so powerful to take the day and learn about D-Day and really be where it all happened. It was unreal to see the sites we’ve all learned about throughout our education and to be able to take a moment at the cemetery to reflect on all the lives lost. The best part about studying abroad for me was being able to see where history took place in the various cities I was able to visit.

Contact: wwerthei@syr.edu


lauren madrid Name: Lauren Bombace ’20

Major: Accounting

Semester Abroad: Spring 2019

What was your most valuable experience abroad? No matter what major you are or what languages you can speak, I would tell anyone to go abroad. It was the most rewarding, challenging, life changing experience, and I don’t think my college experience would have been complete without it. Not only does it change your perspective on the world, but it opens you up to meeting new people and trying new things that you would have never done while on campus. Going abroad is a once in a lifetime experience. You will never be given the chance again to live in a foreign city for four months (with minimal responsibilities aside form school) and become truly immersed in the culture and lifestyle of that city.

Contact: lkbombac@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion
Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Living with a host family, Selecting a program option


Devin madridName: Devin Hughes ’20

Major: Marketing Management

Semester Abroad: Spring 2019

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Immerse yourself! Speak the language, learn the customs, eat and drink as the locals do, experience the night life, and experience everything there is that your host country has to offer. Most importantly: budget to travel. It’s easy to fall into the trap of spending all your time with your group of SU friends, but each SU Abroad location is situated in a region of the world that has so much to offer outside the borders of your host country. Even though I fell completely in love with Spain, traveling to countries such as Austria, Germany, Italy, and the UK provided even more global perspective than I could have hoped for.

Contact: dwhughes@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option