Strasbourg Global Ambassadors

kenza bouananeName: Kenza Bouanane ’21

Hometown: North Bergen, NJ

Major: Undeclared

Semester Abroad: Discovery Strasbourg Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most significant part that shapes your experience abroad are the people you encounter. My most valuable experience was definitely getting to know my host family. Through them I was able to solidify and refine my French as well as get accustomed to French life and cuisine. I was lucky enough to get an amazing host family that I became really close with. We went on weekends together and talked about films and food. Throughout my time abroad, I cooked for them and we watched movies we recommended to each other. We still Facetime weekly and I have a trip planned to see them this summer.

Contact: kbouanan@syr.edu


Name: Peyton Cameron ’22

Major: International Relations & Linguistics

Semester Abroad: Discovery Strasbourg Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My semester abroad was so impactful in my life. I grew as a person more than I could have ever predicted and I created friendships that helped me adapt to campus and made college less intimidating.

Probably the most influential moment from last semester would have to be my trip to Marseilles. Some of my friends and I were staying in an AirBnB for the weekend and while we were in the airport we got a call from the people hosting us and my friends handed me the phone and I was able to talk to them and understand the instructions for how we were going to get into the room. The hosts only spoke French and I was so proud of my French speaking ability and I was able to understand and talk more than I thought I would be able to. That really set the tone for the rest of my semester and I just grew in my confidence with French.

Contact: pmcamero@syr.edu


Sarah CastilloName: Sarah Castillo ’20

Hometown: Hartsdale, NY

Major: Civil Engineering

Semester Abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Living with my new family, Laurence and Herve, turned out to be the most valuable experience I had while studying abroad From the moment I arrived at their home, I was welcomed with open arms and truly treated like a part of the family. Coming home to warm smiles and the aroma of a delicious home cooked meal was something I looked forward to everyday. Everyday, they encouraged me to expand my vocabulary, introducing me to Alsatian culture with meals, books, and stories, playing the French news on the radio during breakfast, offering to take me on excursions, and being extremely patient in speaking with me by taking the time to explain certain words or phrases in English if I did not translate correctly. Thanks to them, I can proudly say I can now hold a conversation in French and continue to use it to this day when I text them to keep in touch.

Contact: scasti01@syr.edu


Name: Ashley Collado ’22

Major: Political Science

Semester Abroad: Discovery Strasbourg Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Having the ability to visit so many cities, whether through trips with the university or on my own and witness them in person and not through a textbook was my most valuable experience abroad. Traveling allowed me to take what I learned in class about cities and different cultures and appreciate it with my own eyes. Though I was taking classes at the center during the week, I found I learned the most about the world and myself when I was traveling that a classroom could never teach me. I got to be in the culture I was visiting, challenging my language skills and push myself out of my comfort zone with every decision I made. Being able to have this experience as a first-year freshman is an opportunity that completely changed me in ways I am still realizing, and what I valued the most from my time abroad.

Contact: ascollad@syr.edu


Name: Samantha Cooke ’21

Major: International Relations & Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Being able to study in Strasbourg was truly an experience I will never forget. A big part of this was because of my incredible host family and also because of my community internship. My host family welcomed me into their home with open arms and was extremely patient with me while I tried speaking to them in very bad French. They consistently encouraged me and also introduced me to traditional alsacian culture while wanting to know more about my own. I immediately felt like part of the family and got close with my host siblings as well. I still keep in contact with them today!

Additionally, I got to be an intern for a refugee welcome and housing center where I got to learn about the process of migration in France and got to meet many new refugees. This internship opened my eyes to a new path that I didn’t even know I wanted to pursue and may not have otherwise discovered.

Contact: sacooke@syr.edu


Name: Eva Kamman ’21

Major: Environmental Engineering

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was traveling with friends for an interrupted week during fall break. It was a new experience to pick a destination I wanted to go to and make it happen by myself!

Contact: erkamman@syr.edu


timothy kimName: Timothy Kim ’21

Hometown: Flushing, NY

Major: English and textual studies

Semester Abroad: Discovery Strasbourg Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The connections I made with my fellow students and professors. They were incredibly friendly, and I not only made friends with other freshmen, there were upperclassmen that were approachable and gave advice on how to continue university life. My friends made my life so much easier considering the loneliness and homesickness I felt being so far away for the first time in my life. The classes at the Discovery program were also small and allowed interpersonal relationships with professors to develop.  The closeness I developed would make it easy for me to ask for recommendation letters further along my college career, as I felt that close to my instructors.

Contact: tkim26@syr.edu


sarah laceyName: Sarah Lacey ’21

Hometown: Holliston, MA

Major: French & Francophone Studies

Semester Abroad: Discovery Strasbourg Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience abroad was when I was able to rent a bike using only French. This interaction was the first time I realized I was becoming a part of the community and how much I had grown since arriving in Strasbourg. Also having the person I was talking to fully understand me in conversation was very rewarding and helped give me confidence in my French communication skills.

Contact: sglacey@syr.edu


Name: Alivia Spaulding ’20

Major: Accounting & Finance

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Deciding to go abroad was a life changing experience for me. I have lived in Syracuse my whole life so I never had the true “go away to college” experience. Choosing to go abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I got to see so many places and travel the world with my best friends.

One memory that will always stick with me was my final trip of the semester to Dublin, Ireland. The Saturday we were there my friends decided to go to the Cliffs of Moher, but I had visited before so I decided to stay back and explore Dublin on my own. I spent the day roaming the city and hopping on and off the DART along the coast. I would sit on the train and look out the window to decide which stops I wanted to explore. Ireland is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and I am beyond grateful that I was able to spend the day exploring my favorite place in the world.

Contact: arspauld@syr.edu


Name: Amanda Wenzel ’19

Major: International Relations

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was staying with and getting to know my host mom. Living with a host family allowed me to really immerse myself in French culture and language. Living with her made my experience immensely better because it helped me get to know the city of Strasbourg and its residents on a deeper level.

Contact: awenzel@syr.edu