World Partner Programs Global Ambassadors

Name: Vy Hoang ’19

Major: International Relations and Mathematics

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: Yonsei University

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was the collective interaction I had with locals in each city I visited. From Busan to Ganghwado and places in between, each harbors its own unique attributes and distinct beauty. What they all have in common is a people whose strength and persistence are evident in their daily routine. I took opportunities to travel solo and always felt a greater reassurance, knowing that no matter where, I would be greeted by friendly and generous locals. They were often impressed by my basic Korean skills and always eager to take pictures for me. Especially during a time of nuclear uncertainty in East Asia, the Korean people instilled a genuine optimism, embedded in activist efforts and a willingness to share their cultural values to the world.

Contact: vhoang@syr.edu


Name: Jingxuan Wang ’20

Major: Economics and International Relations

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: Waseda University

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience for me in Tokyo was that the daily life helped me with my Japanese ability by communicating with my friends and classmates. Even though most of the classes were conducted in English, I still could have many opportunities to contact with my Japanese classmates by joining student interest clubs and having group activities with them, like having dinners or having excursions. In this way, I made many Japanese friends and learned many interesting things about Japanese culture. It also helped me to improve my Japanese speaking and helped me to get a good score in the Japanese language test.

Contact: jwang49@syr.edu


Name: Benjamin Cooper ’20

Major: Bioengineering

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: University of New South Wales

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was learning how to live my life independently. While in Australia I was around the globe from everything that I was used to and had to rely on myself more than ever. Figuring out my daily routine, public transportation, and travel plans was something new to me. I am grateful for my new found independence and knowing that I can survive and thrive on my own.

Contact: becooper@syr.edu


Name: Arva Hassonjee ’19

Majors: International Relations; Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Program: AmidEast Jordan

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I don’t have one isolated incident or adventure that I can say was “my most valuable experience.” For me, it was the whole experience of living in Amman for 5 months that was life-changing. What makes studying abroad so different from a vacation is the amount of time you have to immerse yourself in a place. I was in Amman long enough that I became a local at a cafe, long enough so that I didn’t need to rely on Google Maps to navigate all the time, and long enough to truly experience Jordanian culture and hospitality. Since I study international relations, my time in Jordan also helped me learn about the diverse and complex views people hold about regional issues that we sometimes oversimplify in my classes at SU. Sometimes, it takes going abroad and hearing local narratives to learn things you never can in a classroom.

Contact: ahassonj@syr.edu


Name: Julia Pion ’20

Major: Social Work

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: University of New South Wales

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was fully immersing myself in UNSW. I found ways to adapt to a new culture, met incredible people, and learned so much more about myself. I took classes that challenged me and joined clubs that peaked my interest. I made the most of my time at UNSW and loved every second of it !!

Contact: jupion@syr.edu


Name: Jezrel Sabaduquia ’19

Major: Information Management and Technology

Program: DIS Copenhagen

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad?Traveling to new places constantly was my favorite part of my study abroad experience. I was able to fulfill a dream by visiting 40 countries by the end of my semester in Europe. But more importantly, I met new people and got to experience everything with them. I went back home with new best friends and memories we will share for a long time.

Contact: jsabaduq@syr.edu


elizabeth tarangeloName: Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

Majors: Bioengineering and neuroscience

Program: University College Dublin

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? In Ireland, I lost my voice cheering during the camogie finals at Croke Park, capsized dinghies in the Irish Sea, hung out in Leinster House with a senator, took a train to the opposite side of the country on a school night for fun, attended a Yule Ball, nearly gotten stuck in a bog, and many more experiences I never thought I’d have but made life infinitely more exciting. I can’t really choose just one experience because they all summed up together to shape my last few months, the good times along with the tough ones.

Contact: etarange@syr.edu


Patrick RioloName: Patrick Riolo ’20

Hometown: Mahopac, NY

Major: Bioengineering

Semesters abroad: Summer 2017 (Australia: Sport, History, and Culture); Fall 2017 (University College Dublin)

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? The Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway in Ireland were absolutely astounding. I had written a report on these two natural phenomena in the seventh grade and was finally able to see them after all these years. Usually, when I build up something in my mind I end up being disappointed in the result, but these two places still blew me away with how naturally beautiful Ireland can be. As someone who spends every possible second outdoors exploring, the natural landscapes and structures of Ireland have reserved a special place in my heart.

Contact: priolo@syr.edu


Mary StorholmName: Mary Storholm ’19

Hometown: Liverpool, NY

Major: Policy studies

Program: DIS Copenhagen

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was cooking a traditional Danish Christmas feast with my flatmates during our last week in Copenhagen! It was so awesome to learn about Danish traditions from Danes who have celebrated them all of their lives.

Contact: mkstorho@syr.edu


ryan rattyName: Ryan Ratty ’19

Hometown: Englewood, NJ

Major: Information management and technology

Program: IT University (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Learning how technology and business was taught in a different setting. There were similarities with what we were learning, but Danish-influenced teaching styles over the theme of technology taught me a different level of understanding and knowledge that I would have never received had I not gone abroad. Pairing the style of teaching from my experiences at Syracuse and ITU in Denmark, I truly believe that I am that much more qualified and resourceful for the working world.

Contact: rsratty@syr.edu


jenna neumaierName: Jenna Neumaier ’19

Hometown: Lancaster, NY

Majors: Chemistry and Neuroscience

Program: University of New South Wales

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? You do not need to know someone going abroad with you for a study abroad experience to be fun. Studying abroad alone can be scary, but I believe that because I didn’t know anyone traveling with me, I had an even better experience. Traveling alone can push you out of your comfort zone, which may be daunting, but by the end of your experience, you’ll find that a greater portion of the world is within your comfort zone.

Contact: jlneumai@syr.edu


annie kellyName: Annie Kelly ’19

Hometown: Winchester, MA

Major: Public relations

Program: SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I stayed with a family in Langa, one of the oldest black townships in South Africa. Although I was only with them for three weeks, I became close with everyone in the family and I felt like I truly belonged. Pumla, my host mama, made sure I was taken care of. She made me feel like I was a part of the family and like I was not just a guest in her home. I was able to practice my Xhosa, one of the eleven official languages of South Africa, with my Langa family as well. I still text Pumla all of the time and am so happy I was able to have that experience.

Contact: akelly@syr.edu


Anne ArthurName: Anne Arthur ’19

Hometown: Marblehead, MA

Majors: Citizenship & civic engagement; International relations

Program: SIT India: Sustainable Development and Social Change

Semester abroad: Fall 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to spend a week in India’s spiritual capital, Varanasi. A unique part of this program is that students get to pick from a list of workshops to participate in for a week. The workshop that I choose to participate in focused on India’s education system for children with severe disabilities and the role of nonprofits. We spent our days learning about and working with a local school for children with severe disabilities called the Kiran Society. At night we were able to explore everything the city had to offer.

Contact: adarthur@syr.edu


Mackenzie MeyersName: Mackenzie Meyers ’19

Hometown: West Nyack, NY

Major: Fashion design

Program: London College of Fashion

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What do you wish you would have known before going abroad? Before going abroad I wish I knew how quickly the time goes. I wish I knew that the days are so limited and I should be taking advantage of every second. I definitely got in my share of exploring London, but I feel like there was room for more exploration. Every day abroad is so vital because there are endless experiences to make and places to see. If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell my former self to wake up earlier and seize each day.

Contact: mameyers@syr.edu


Jacob GlenshawName: Jacob Glenshaw ’19

Hometown: Lyme, NH

Major: International relations

Program: FU-BEST

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was living with my host family in Germany. Not only were they extremely welcoming and friendly, but they were a great resource in terms of immersing myself in the culture of Berlin and Germany as a whole. Being with the host family allowed me to garner a fuller understanding of the country, and of the German language which was essential to my time abroad.

Contact: jcglensh@syr.edu