World Partner Programs Global Ambassadors

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


Tania JosephName: 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


Hannah GeldzahlerName: 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


Catherine McInerneyName: 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


Ilana RothsteinName: 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


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


Anjelica AlarconName: 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


Laurie ThompsonName: 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


Caroline PlanteName: 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


Irene KlemensName: 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


Sarah WillseyName: 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


yeagee jungName: 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