Central Europe Global Ambassadors

""Name: Monica Cabrera (Dec. ’16)

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: International relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2015

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? I would say that in giving ourselves opportunities that make us somehow step out of our so-called ‘comfort zone’, is how we truly allow ourselves to grow. And not only that, but studying abroad, submerging ourselves in cultures different to our own, is how we encourage diversity and tolerance. By not only recognizing, but rather by embracing the differences in each other, we realize how much we are all the same: How communities and humanity is not limited by things as arbitrary as borders and ethnicities.

Contact: mcabrera@syr.edu

Jake FabrizioName: Jake Fabrizio ’17

Hometown: Methuen, MA

Majors: International relations and History

Semester abroad: Fall 2014

What do you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I knew how quickly the semester would fly by. I had the most personally and academically fulfilling three months of my life and though I have no regrets, I wish I appreciated the rapidity of time passing more when I was there. I would have taken every opportunity possible, even more than I did. The thing about going abroad is that you just need to live. You need to expand your mind and find out who you are. A semester abroad is not the time to lay idle or to stay within your comfort zone. Every day you should challenge yourself as a person and try something new.

Contact: jafabriz@syr.edu

Kara McGraneName: Kara McGrane ’16

Hometown: Kingston, PA

Majors: International relations and Political science

Semesters abroad: Fall 2012 (Discovery Florence), Fall 2013 (SU Strasbourg), Fall 2014 (Wroclaw)

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? This past fall I went to Berlin for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. There was an art installation, Lichtgrenze, which were thousands of light up balloons which went along where the wall used to be and were released on the night of November 9th. There were information boxes with personal accounts from living with the wall all over the city. Over the course of that weekend there were several speeches including from Angela Merkel and Mikhail Gorbachev. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would see those people in person, yet there they were on the same stage in front of tens of thousands of people.

Contact: ksmcgran@syr.edu

Katelyn OlsenName: Katelyn Olsen ’16

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Major: Biology

Semester abroad: Fall 2014

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I had been told that if you don’t think you will need it – don’t pack it. You’ll want the extra space (and weight!) in your bag for the trip home. I would also recommend doing as many of the traveling seminar readings as possible before your departure. You will be thankful for the extra time to sleep or go exploring once you get there.

Contact: kcolsen@syr.edu

Madeline DiorioName: Madeline Diorio ’16

Hometown: Bangor, PA

Major: International relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2014

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. You will learn more than you could ever imagine because when you’re abroad the experience extends way beyond the walls of a classroom. It’s about culture, food, class, life, independence, and so much more.

Contact: mmdiorio@syr.edu

Allison KisielisName: Allison Kisielis ’16
Hometown: Amsterdam, NY

Major: History

Semester abroad: Summer 2014

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Absolutely to just take a leap of faith and go abroad! It was the best decision I personally have ever made. If a student is undecided they should do a short term program or a semester program to get their feet into the water. After that Im sure they will never want to stop traveling!

Contact: amkisiel@syr.edu