Summer Program Global Ambassadors

Bria MadridName: Bria Huff ’20

Major: Psychology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? I would say that it is a once in a lifetime experience and there are so many countries where you can study abroad it is hard not to go. I do know that a lot of my fellow students are afraid of being in a foreign country for the first time and I always say there is nothing to be afraid of. Everyone experiences something new in their lifetime.

Contact: brhuff@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, Disability resources, Financing study away, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, LGBTQ+, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Race & Ethnicity, Religious life, Selecting a program option


Ellenora SummerName: Ellenora Huth ’22

Major: Political Science & Sociology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Law, Religion and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad?If you are even considering going abroad and have the resources necessary, do it! However, I would highly recommend a summer program to test the waters before committing to a full semester.

Contact: erhuth@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: First time abroad, Financing study away


alvaro madrid

Name: Alvaro Garcia-Alaman Sanchez ’21

Major: Psychology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? The amount of incredible lovely people from Syracuse I would meet there! Nothing would have prepared me to know I would build such great friendships with people I knew so little about when everything started

Contact: agarciaa@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Cultural immersion


Charlie Madrid

Name: Charlie Naples ’21

Major: Finance, Accounting & Spanish

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Just do it! I went abroad and I knew absolutely nobody else going and I came back with friends for a lifetime. I remember anxiously waiting in the gate of my departure flight to see if somebody I knew was also getting on, yet those fears of anxiety turned into disappointed when we had to leave Madrid. Going abroad opens your eyes to the world and the increasingly globalized world this perspective will help you in any career or life endeavor. When else can you travel the world in your life! Get out of your comfort zone and going abroad will make you grow in different ways you never thought you could.

Contact: csnaples@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family


Zitong SuName: Zitong Su ’22

Major: International Relations

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable abroad experience is the process that I start building up deep connection with my host family. Language barrier does not stop us from communication and being close. We exchange note cards to express our feelings and I learned that love can be expressed by so many different ways. It is a time to learn, not only a new language but also how to embrace love from different cultural background.

Contact: zsu101@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Living with a host family


Lauren WienerName: Lauren Wiener ’20

Hometown: Northport, NY

Major: English and textual studies

Semester abroad: Summer 2017

Summer program: Jack the Ripper and His Legacy (London Summer Session)

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My favorite memory was when we had first arrived. Syracuse London had set up a private capsule for us on the London Eye, in which snacks and drinks were served as we chatted with our new classmates. Being able to finally be there and stare down at the sprawling London landscape was an unforgettable and enchanting experience.

Contact: lnwiener@syr.edu


Kamey GomezName: Kamey Gomez ’20

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major: Communications and rhetorical studies

Semester abroad: Summer 2017

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was living with my host mother. I began living with a stranger that nourished me as if I were her actual daughter. I grew such a love for my host mother that I would do almost anything for her. She is someone I will never forget.

Contact: kjgomez@syr.edu


Mackenzie ProudName: Mackenzie Proud ’20

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Major: Nutrition

Semester abroad: Summer 2017

Summer program: South Africa: A Global Health Education Experience

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? You will grow exponentially through immersing yourself in a culture across the globe. Four years moves fast enough if you put off traveling until you have a job, family, what not, you may never get to it. Take the opportunity to travel while in school, even if just for a short term program!

Contact: mmproud@syr.edu


Caitlin MoganName: Caitlin Mogan ’20

Hometown: Wakefield, MA

Major: Public Health

Semesters abroad: Fall 2016 (Discovery Madrid); Summer 2017 & 2018

Summer programs: Florence Summer Session & South Africa: A Global Health Education Experience

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The ability to venture out on my own. While in Madrid, I became much more comfortable traveling by myself throughout the city and doing things that I enjoyed simply because I wanted to. I didn’t rely on others as heavily as I had in the past and I was able to spend more time alone. In Florence the following summer, I learned to expand upon that and make plans to go other places by myself. I took on almost a leadership/maturity role in trips I made outside the school with friends.

Contact: camogan@syr.edu


Izmailia SougoufaraName: Izmailia Sougoufara ’20

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Majors: Neuroscience and biology

Semesters abroad: Fall 2016 (Discovery Florence); Summer 2017

Summer program: Paris Noir

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? This is not an opportunity you want to pass up and constantly wonder how your life would have been different if you hadn’t. All the places you’ll see, things you’ll learn, and people you’ll meet are irreplaceable. Aside from the specific skills you’ll gain like learning a new language, being exposed to a new culture, and learning to navigate in a new space, you will begin broadening your perspective and forming a more adaptable mindset. Studying abroad gives you an edge, makes you unique and sets you apart from your future competition.

Contact: isougouf@syr.edu