World Partner Programs Global Ambassadors

Name: 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


Name: Tania Joseph ’18

Hometown: North Miami, FL

Majors: Psychology and Broadcast and digital journalism

Program: University of the West Indies, Barbados

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? My biggest advice to undecided students is “Do it,” go abroad and take that leap of faith. Whether it is the fear of leaving home and friends or not knowing if it’s possible with your major, in the end it is worth it. Sometimes being in an unfamiliar place you may feel alone but you develop a home away from home and meet many people that you feel you’ve known for a lifetime. You share experiences, cultures, and learn more than any teacher can ever teach. The Syracuse Abroad office puts you in contact with all the resources you need and offers so much support.

Contact: trjose01@syr.edu


Name: Hannah Geldzahler ’18

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Major: Psychology

Program: Tel Aviv University

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Learning how to live in a foreign county. It is one of the most intimidating things, but it was so worth it for me to push myself out of my comfort zone because it lead me to have the most amazing experience. Studying abroad taught me that it’s ok to be a little uncomfortable for a little bit, but in the long run it is so important.

Contact: hdgeldza@syr.edu


Name: Catherine McInerney ’18

Hometown: Nashua, NH

Major: Public health

Program: University of New South Wales

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Having the opportunity to live in the dorms at UNSW with Australian students proved to be the most valuable experience that I had while studying abroad. Not only was I able to share with, and learn from, the Australian students while we discussed issues from around the world, I was fortunate to be invited to visit some of the students’ home towns. I enjoyed meeting the families and answering their many questions about the United States. I look forward to visiting my Australian friends in the future and having them come to visit me in the United States.

Contact: cmcinern@syr.edu


Name: Ilana Rothstein ’18

Hometown: Tenafly, NJ

Major: Psychology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2015 (Madrid Summer Session); Spring 2017 (University of New South Wales)

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience while abroad was learning how to live on my own. Each time I went abroad, I found myself alone in a completely new environment not knowing anyone. Growing up in a small town where I knew the majority of it’s residents, I always felt comfortable leaving the house because I would run into familiar faces no matter where I went. Going abroad I had to step out of my comfort zone and make new friends, learn a new city, and be self-sufficient.

Contact: ibrothst@syr.edu


Name: 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


Name: Anjelica Alarcon ’18

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Communication sciences and disorders

Program: Kansai Gaidai

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Throughout my study abroad, I consistently learned more about myself; what I like, what I dislike, how I am under pressure, and especially how to handle myself out of my comfort zone. I also experienced many firsts; first time solo traveling, skiing and so much more. Being abroad made me appreciate the little things such as seeing flowers on the sidewalk, eating lunch in the park, and just simply being in the moment. My whole study abroad experience itself is what I will treasure the most for the rest of my life.

Contact: acalarco@syr.edu


Name: Laurie Thompson ’18

Hometown: Murrysville, PA

Majors: Neuroscience and Linguistics

Program: DIS: Copenhagen

Semester abroad: Spring 2017

What do you wish you knew before going abroad? I wish I knew that it was OK to not travel every weekend. That may sound obvious or inconsequential, but I felt pressured to constantly be traveling and exploring for fear I would be missing out on the experiences that other students were having. I later realized that I was most happy when I enjoyed my time in the country I was studying in, whether I was exploring Copenhagen or just studying and hanging out with friends like I would at SU. Studying abroad is an exciting time where you have the temptation to travel to as many nearby European cities as possible, but I found it most valuable to spend my weeklong breaks in places I really wanted to explore and only take occasional weekend trips, often to visit friends studying abroad in other countries.

Contact: lathomps@syr.edu


Kayla GoldsteinName: Kayla Goldstein ’18

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Majors: International relations and Linguistics

Semesters abroad: Discovery Florence Fall 2014/Bard Smolny (Russia) 2016-17

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience that I gained from studying abroad would have to be the moment I realized that it was becoming easier to communicate with native Italian speakers. I had no prior experience with Italian, and once I realized that the communication between my host mother and I, employees in cafes, students outside of my home university, etc. was becoming increasingly easy, the happier I became. I could understand dinners at my host home, I could talk with Italians that I had just met and build a relationship, I could be proud of the time I spent learning and growing there.

Contact: kbgoldst@syr.edu


Name: Caroline Plante ’18

Hometown: Waterville Valley, NH

Major: Food Studies

Semesters abroad: Spring 2015 (CEDEI Ecuador) Spring 2017 (Florence)

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? I don’t know when else in our lives it will be possible to drop everything and move to a country of your choosing for several months. It is one thing to be a tourist in a country and see the culture, but it is an entirely different experience to become a part of that culture, to learn the language and customs, and become friends with locals. You will be with a group of students who are in the exact same situation as you, and venturing into a new experience together creates friendships that will last a lifetime.

Contact: cbplante@syr.edu


Name: Irene Klemens ’18

Hometown: Silver Creek, NY

Majors: Neuroscience and Psychology

Program: SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Living with a Zulu family for five weeks and truly immersing myself in their day-to-day lives. I helped clean the house, learned how to make a true South African curry, babysat my younger siblings and helped my older sister study for her exams. They treated me as one of their own, opening their homes to me with loving arms and because of that I will always consider them family. I attended my host brother’s traditional Zulu engagement party and then his wedding; I left both events with a full stomach and a sore throat from talking to so many aunties and uncles. On Friday nights, my sister and I would walk down to the local Braii (barbecue) to meet up with her friends and other students from my program, we would dance and socialize often late into the night. Without living with my host family, I wouldn’t have ever come close to the authentic experience that they provided me with. I created tight knit bonds with the students on my program, people from South Africa and especially my Zulu family.

Contact: iklemens34@gmail.com


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESName: Sarah Willsey ’18

Hometown: Homer, NY

Major: Biomedical engineering

Program: University College Dublin

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience I encountered was meeting people from Ireland and around the world. I made Irish friends through classes and by joining the ultimate Frisbee team and quickly learned about Irish terminology and culture. I joined Erasmus Student Network and made close friends from Germany, Austria, Portugal, France, and Italy. I also had the pleasure of interacting with students from countries including Iceland, Sweden, Spain, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, and the Netherlands. It’s so incredible having friends from various countries who I can visit in the future. I am so grateful for the friendship, knowledge, and understanding I acquired from this experience.

Contact: srwillse@syr.edu


yeageejungName: Yeagee Jung ’18

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Majors: International relations and TRF

Program: Yonsei University

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? During my stay in Korea, I actually got to experience firsthand one of Korea’s biggest periods of civil unrest. The standing President Park Geun Hye was caught in a political scandal while I was abroad and she was actually impeached following nationwide protests demanding her removal from office. Being from America, I was extremely fascinated to see how Korean citizens went about taking democracy into their own hands. Especially with the election happening in America at the same time the nationwide protests were happening in Korea, I was able to gain a very multi-faceted view into the effects political leadership have on the people governed.

Contact: yjung04@syr.edu


samcollinsName: Samantha Collins (Dec. ’17)

Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Majors: Finance and Supply chain management

Program: University of New South Wales

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? Hiking around Uluru in the Australian outback. Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive rock formation that is sacred to Aboriginal people. Uluru is famous for its bright red color that changes during sunrise and sunset. On the day that my mom and I arrived, we decided to do the iconic hike in the late afternoon despite spotty weather forecasts. When we were about two-thirds around Uluru, we saw a foggy cloud approaching over the top of Uluru. We soon realized it was a massive rain storm. As we got drenched, we saw Uluru completely change. Waterfalls started to pour down the side of the rock and Uluru’s red hue turned a dark purple-grey. Even though I got soaked, I became part of the 4% of people that have seen it rain at Uluru. I now feel like a true Australian, having hid under a bush to shelter a storm in the middle of the outback.

Contact: sccollin@syr.edu