London Global Ambassadors

TowerofLondonName: Erin Hernandez ’21

Major: Inclusive Elementary & Special Education

Semester Abroad: Fall ’19

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Going abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only did I have the adventure of a lifetime traveling around Europe and the UK, but my classes were so interesting. These classes I would not have been able to take while on Home Campus. Broders in Flux the Ireland Signature Seminar where I learned about Brexit. This class helped me understand current British politics, and people in the UK, especially in Northern Ireland, will be affected. Another of my classes London Living History was a class where we went on walking tours and learn about the past history of London and how it affects today’s present. After I left London, I felt like I really knew about the history of the place that I was living in for four months.

Contact: eherna08@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: First time abroad


Name: Annelise Hackett ’21

Major: Public Relations

Semester Abroad: Fall ’19

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I absolutely fell in love with London during my time studying abroad! I had so many incredible experiences but my favorite part of living there was how accessible the arts were. Through my classes and independent visits, I was able to see a variety of shows both on and off the West End, visit museums and historical monuments and see amazing artwork. London is truly a cultural hub and I really enjoyed being a part of it! My most unforgettable experience in London was climbing the O2 Arena during Love London Week. As someone who loves music and wants to work in entertainment, it was so cool to be able to have such a unique experience at such an iconic venue (and the view was also stunning).

Contact: ahackett@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Allergies & dietary needs


London eyeName: Jennifer Costill ’21

Major: Marketing and Psychology

Semester Abroad: Fall ’19

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Although I was able to travel all around Europe while studying abroad, my most valuable experiences came from my day to day life while living in London. From riding the bus home everyday from Faraday House to exploring areas of London such as Camden, Shoreditch, and Notting Hill, my most valuable experiences came from my new found love for a brand new city. From this new found love, I ultimately learned the value of even the smallest of explorations and the significant impact that simple day to day moments have.

Contact: jlcostil@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


LondonName: Emma Cohen ’21

Major: Political Science

Semester Abroad: Fall ’19

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Studying abroad was the most worthwhile and enriching experience of my life! Not only did I get to travel the world and explore my personal heritage, I got to take incredibly interesting classes along the way, earning my best GPA of college yet! The entire experience opened my eyes to so many opportunities and exposed me to global culture and a perspective of the world unlike any other. As someone who’d never crossed the Atlantic Ocean before studying abroad, I definitely understand how nerve-racking it can be to suddenly move so far away for a semester to a place you’ve never been. Despite that, keep an open mind and have the experience that you want to have!

Contact: ecohen02@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Disability resources, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Preparing for departure


LondonName: Ritu Sadarangani ’21

Major: Marketing Management and Advertising

Semester Abroad: Fall ’19

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Being able to live in an apartment and live “like a Londoner” was my favorite part. I loved exploring the city on my own and with friends, navigating the public transport systems and indulging myself in the English culture.

Contact: risadara@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Race & Ethnicity, Selecting a program option


Name: Frankie Sailer ’21

Major: Marketing Management and Public Relations

Semester Abroad: Fall ’19

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable trip within the UK was when I was able to travel with Becca Farnum and other members of the Syracuse University London Center to Lockerbie, Scotland. In Lockerbie, we had the privilege of meeting with community members and learning about how PanAm Flight 103 affected their entire lives and continues to live on more than 30 years later. While all of my other weekends of travel were enjoyable and interesting, my weekend in Lockerbie was so impactful that I continue to reflect on it multiple times a week and have even taken time to visit the 6th floor of Bird Library since returning to campus.

Contact: fasailer@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Alec RName: Alec Rovensky ’21

Major: Architecture

Semester Abroad: Fall 2019, Spring 2019: Syracuse Florence

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Time goes very quickly when abroad. I wish I knew this, and spent more time (especially at the beginning of the semester before all the work came in) exploring my host city. Especially since we do a lot of trips outside of the host city, I wished I had spent more time exploring my neighborhood and everything it had to offer more thoroughly.

Contact: arovensk@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Health, safety, and support, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Karley Warden ’21

Major: Political Science-U and Public Relations

Semester Abroad: Spring 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience studying abroad was learning about a new culture in my media class, then walking outside and seeing everything I learned about. I was able to immerse myself in the societal norms of England and begin to understand both its parallels and stark differences to American culture. My time abroad taught me more than I ever thought I would know about Britsh media, class and overall lifestyle.

Contact: kawarden@syr.edu


Name: Olivia McMaster ’21

Major: Environmental and Interior Design (VPA), Minor: Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (Whitman)

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? When reflecting on my time abroad in London, my most valuable experience was my time interning at Carlisle Design Studio (CDS). CDS is a high end residential and commercial interior design studio. As an Environmental and Interior Design student, I knew going into my semester abroad that I was looking to gain a more global understanding of Interior Design and the similarities and differences within the field globally compared to the US. While I was only able to intern at CDS for a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was able to learn a lot about both interior design and the culture of Londoners.

Contact: oamcmast@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Preparing for departure


Name: Natalie Cooper ’21

Major: Finance & Entrepreneurship

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What did you wish you had known before going abroad?I wish I had a better idea of how much money I would be spending abroad. I definitely advise you to go abroad with a weekly budget for food, activities, and miscellaneous expenses. Weekend trips are incredible and I advise you to go on as many as you can but you can also save on travel expenses some weekends and really explore your home country. I traveled to seven different countries while abroad and each trip was truly amazing but there are places in London I wanted to explore but couldn’t because I ran out of time. Essentially what I’m saying is: don’t overlook your home country! You picked it for a reason and exploring it will be a blast.

Contact: nacooper@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Preparing for departure


Name: Erin Kennedy ’21

Major: Environmental and Interior Design

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Before going abroad, I wish that I had been able to talk to someone in my program about specific details like your phone plan, banking, outlets and electronics, and changing the Syracuse two factor authentification to the right phone number. London was also a lot colder than I thought it was going to be, so I wish I had brought a warmer coat!

Contact: emkenned@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Selecting a program option


Name: Olivia Ly ’21

Major: Public Relations

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? During my time in London, I pursued an internship at Matter Of Form, a luxury design and eCommerce agency and was enrolled in BUA: Global Workplace. Through these two experiences i was able to grow so much as a professional, while also gaining a greater understanding of what it means to work and live in a foreign country. My internship allowed me to fully immerse in British culture, through networking events, day to day tasks, and commuting. The class that coincided with this experience taught me how to interact in a global workplace, whether that be differences in greeting, grammar, or how meetings in the office are conducted. Looking back on my time in London I feel that taking an internship stretched me out of my comfort zone and placed me right into British culture.

Contact: oly100@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Jamison Moriarty ’21

Major: Real Estate & Marketing

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience would have to be my first real day exploring the city of London on January 15th. A few of the kids that I lived with and myself decided to hop on the tube after our orientation and explore the city and all that it had to offer. We traveled to Westminster and experienced Westminster Cathedral, the Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament Square and Downing Street. We also walked over to the London Eye before eating lunch at a local pub. We decided to catch a double-decker bus and ride it around for a while just for the experience of being on one. We ended up close to Camden Market where we tried some amazing foods before heading back on the tube to our apartment in South Kensington. It was such an unforgettable experience for me because we all had never been to London before, and we truly felt like we seized the day. Not only did I have a great time that day, but I also made new friends along the way on one of my first days in London.

Contact: jtmoriar@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Meeting locals


Name: Divija Sethi ’22

Major: Architecture

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? London gave me an opportunity to wander and explore. It taught me through its history and tradition, but also with its pace and diversity. Traveling was so easy, not only within the country but also to different countries. My most unforgettable experience is walking up in three different countries, France, Germany and Switzerland, for three consecutive nights.

Contact: dsethi@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Disability resources, Financing study away, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, LGBTQ+, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Race & Ethnicity, Religious life, Selecting a program option


Name: Isabel Sutherland ’22

Major: Architecture

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? As someone who’s program was cut short, there are of course things I still had on my “bucket list” that I never got to do. I suggest to keep an impulsive mindset. Of course you’re there for an education, and that should always come first (and I definitely don’t regret that I did that), but if you all of a sudden feel the urge to visit a museum, or take a random walk through the city – do it! I explored the city on my own and with friends constantly, I found things and places I never would have if I wasn’t impulsive – and by far those were some of my best memories. Honestly live life in London like it might end at any point, and be free with your choices.

Contact: icsuther@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Health, safety, and support, Preparing for departure


Name: Natalie Bono ’21

Major: Fine Arts, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? When I was studying in London I had the most amazing experiences during the Love London weeks at the beginning of the semester. I have always loved the opera and having the opportunity to see La Boheme at the Royal Opera House was an experience I will never forget. It was fun to dress up and walk to the opera house and see all of the beautiful red carpets in the opera house. The opera was spectacular and my flatmates and I followed up La Boheme with watching the movie Moonstruck the next day. The rest of the time I was in London I went to as many performances and musicals as I could and had the opportunity to see things I would have not known about through my Performance Live class that went to performances on most Wednesday nights.

Contact: nabono@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Living with a host family, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Ezra James Capiral ’21

Major: Television, Radio & Film

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Becoming a Londoner and feeling like a local has definitely been my most valuable experience living in the UK for two months. As Americans, it’s easy to hold certain views in your mind created by movies, television, and fictional books. My idea of London pre-abroad was palaces, lush gardens, and British accents everywhere. While all of those things remain true, after having lived in London for weeks on end has made me used to these things that seemed like such a big deal beforehand. Also, London isn’t just what you see in pictures–it’s so much more than that. I think that’s part of what made my London experience so personally unforgettable.

Contact: etcapira@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Health, safety, and support, LGBTQ+


Name: Lisa Constantino ’21

Major: Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? It’s pretty cliche but t’s a once in a lifetime experience.When else would you be able to live in the heart of London for four months?

Contact: licostan@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family Cultural Immersion Culture shock / Homesickness Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience Preparing for departure


Name: Avery Curcio ’21

Major: Public Policy

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience I had in London was being able to become so integrated within the city of London and feel like I was a local. After a while, I got the hang of taking the tube and navigating around the whole city by myself. It was so fun and rewarding to be able to explore a whole new country on my own and with my friends.

Contact: aacurcio@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Selecting a program option


Name: Benjamin Waterhouse ’21

Major: Finance & Entrepreneurship

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I loved explore the different food markets in London and getting a sense of the culture and history of the area while enjoying some delicious cuisine.

Contact: bjwaterh@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Race & Ethnicity, Religious life, Selecting a program option