Summer Program Global Ambassadors

Name: Fasika Melese ’19

Major: Teaching & Curriculum,Instructional Design Foundation

Semester abroad: Summer 2018

Summer program: Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy

What was your most valuable experience abroad? During the first week of our course in Italy we had an opportunity to stay in a very small town called Coldigioco, which is about 60 km from Ancona, the city in the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The owner of the place we stayed at is Alessandro (Sandro) and his wife Paula. Sandro is a geologist who runs Osservatorio Geologico di Coldigioco, where people from all over the world come to study the geological sites in and around Apiro. We stayed in one of the houses they own. Coldigioco is like a campus in the middle of magical natural landscape. We get to learn various Italian cultures and food from this family and the local people. We had an opportunity to work with the local elementary and middle school children and teachers. It was once in a life time experience to get immersed in the local culture with a very limited Italian language skill.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


kaitlyn menegio-stahlName: Kaitlyn Menegio-Stahl ’19

Hometown: Ghent, NY

Major: Neuroscience

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

Summer program: Religion, Law, and Human Rights in Strasbourg

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? The most unforgettable experience I had while I was abroad was my weekend to Paris. I will never forget standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower after taking the stairs all the way up to the second floor and thinking to myself, “I am eighteen and I am here in Paris with my friends. This is my life and it’s amazing.” I never thought I would be able to travel abroad due to financial restrictions, but Syracuse University gave me the opportunity twice in one year to go abroad to learn about and to see new things all over Europe. I studied French for five years and to be able to be in France using my language skills and being at the top of the Eiffel Tower was a surreal moment for me that brought together all of my French language and literature education.


ivy christensenName: Ivy Christensen ’19

Hometown: Thompson, PA

Major: Mechanical engineering

Semesters abroad: Summer 2016, Spring 2018: University College Dublin

Summer program: Florence Summer Session

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? If you have any desire to visit this country, just do it. Study aboard is the only time in your life that you get to study and travel for an extended period of time so cheaply, so make the most of the opportunity. You are not just signing up to take classes in a different country, you are signing up for a life changing experience in which you learn much more than just course material.