Madrid Global Ambassadors

Name: Kelly Fitzgerald ’19

Major: History

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was my internship. Interning at a law firm in Madrid was an experience I will never forget. I was able to expand my Spanish skills and visit the courts throughout Madrid with my internship supervisor. Interning in Madrid made the city feel more like home and provided me with an international perspective on the law.

Contact: kfitz100@syr.edu


Name: Madeline Turner ’19

Major: Biology

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience would be living with my host mom, Rosa. She was truly like a second mom to me, always asking how our days were and cooking us the most delicious meals. Even though my roommate and I were Rosa’s 8th set of abroad students, she was always invested in getting to know us and making us feel welcome. Living with Rosa was one of my favorite parts of studying abroad in Madrid.

Contact: mjtur100@syr.edu


Name: Cristina Colón Feliciano ’19

Major: English and Textual Studies

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience while I was abroad was getting to travel to different parts of Spain and experiencing the different cultures and languages that exist. It gave me a better sense of the country and I got to explore cities I didn’t even think about visiting during my seminar. Similarly, living in Madrid was an amazing experience. The city is filled with amazing opportunities and you never have to worry about getting places since the metro is great! Traveling to different cities around Europe was also incredible, but don’t forget to explore the city you’re staying in. You would be surprised of all the amazing moments you can have in your host city, just a metro ride away.

Contact: ccolonfe@syr.edu


Name: Brendan Weaver ’19

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

Major: Television, radio, and film

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience while abroad was participating in the Marine Ecology Signature Seminar. I had the amazing opportunity to scuba dive in the coves of the Mediterranean Sea and learned so much about the history of the Mediterranean as well as its fate and the Mediterranean community’s fate if global warming increases due to human impact. Additionally, my fellow students and I were given the opportunity to cross the Spanish/Moroccan border from Melilla, Spain to Nador, Morocco both by car and on foot. This experience has changed the way I look upon the world and the international community’s distribution of wealth as well as the high variation of conservative and liberalized culture in a five mile stretch of land.

Contact: bmweaver@syr.edu


Name: Collin Newberg ’19

Hometown: Fair Lawn, NJ

Majors: Information management and technology and Public relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was my Signature Seminar, Imperium. The first ten days of my program was spent traveling around the southern coast of Spain with 29 new friends. Everyone was just so excited to be there, it was a feeling of inclusion you don’t typically feel in other settings. The relationships formed in my abroad experience has shaped me to who I am today.

Contact: cjnewber@syr.edu


Name: Ariana Luksh ’19

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Sociology

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? By far the most important thing that I wish that I knew before I went abroad was the value of time. While abroad, it is very common for students to spend a lot of their time planning for weekend getaways to neighboring European cities and countries. While this is an exciting part of being away, it is incredibly easy to get wrapped up in counting down your days until your next plane-ride away. Before Madrid, I wish I knew that looking forward to the next activity sometimes takes away from what you’re doing in the present.

Contact: ahluksh@syr.edu


Name: Cheyenne Gratale ’19

Hometown: Sussex, NJ

Major: International relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I was able to have an internship that was relevant towards my field of study, international relations. I was able to experience first-hand the issues I was studying in class through this internship, with additional conversations between my coworkers about the relevance of what I saw on the daily news in their own lives. With the Catalonia Independence movement happening at the same time as my semester abroad, I felt as though this internship was an opportunity to be an active member in the background of a historical moment in Spanish politics and how it affected individuals, families, companies, and governments worldwide.

Contact: cbgratal@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: 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


Molly KerstetterName: Molly Kerstetter ’19

Hometown: Skaneateles, NY

Major: Economics

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What do you wish you had known before going abroad? There are two things that I wish I had known before going to abroad. The first thing I wish I knew is that it really can be difficult to find the right balance between school, traveling, and spending time with the new friends you meet when you get there. I was overwhelmed with finding this balance at the beginning of my program. As someone who is very concerned with doing well in my classes, I had to find a way to still do well but also be able to make the most of those four months. This brings me to the second thing I wish I had known; those four months go by faster than I ever could have imagined. Because it goes by so fast, you must make the most of the time you are there.

Contact: mmkerste@syr.edu


Maraina WeylName: Maraina Weyl ’19

Hometown: Madison, CT

Majors: Religion and International relations

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience I had abroad was learning to navigate a world capital as if it was my hometown. I was terrified of the metro system when I first arrived but by the time I left I could get from home to the other side of Madrid without thinking about it. It really made me realize that big cities and new kinds of lifestyles are exciting and not scary, and that I would learn to adapt in no time!

Contact: mlweyl@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

 

 


Jenna SaccoName: Jenna Sacco ’19

Hometown: Ontario, NY

Major: Biology and linguistics

Semester abroad: Discovery Madrid Fall 2015

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? For the undecided students, I would ask them what is holding them back from going abroad. There is nothing holding anyone back if they know where to look. Each and every student has the opportunity to get financial help, counseling about classes and everything else. Additionally, I would ask what they truly want to get out the experience because every student needs to realize that the saying and doing are very different.

Contact: jrsacco@syr.edu