London Global Ambassadors

carrie degrawName: Carrie DeGraw ’23

Major: Drama/Theatre Management

Semester Abroad: Fall 2021

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? I would let them know that a lot of people are unsure about spending the semester away from campus and that far from home. I would talk to them about all of the experiences that you’re able to have both in your host country and in all the cities you’re able to travel to that you wouldn’t get to have if you stayed on campus for the semester. I would also talk to them about the different resources that are available to students through the Syracuse University Centers because my friends and I used them a few times and I also had professors that were great at reaching out and encouraging students to talk to them if they had any questions or concerns at all.

Contact: cddegraw@syr.edu

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


Name: Ashley Bruce ’23

Major: Marketing Management

Semester Abroad: Fall 2021

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience was traveling with Syracuse London to Scotland. Since this was my first time in the UK, getting to travel outside of England was a great memory. In Scotland, we were traveling to Edinburgh, the country’s capital. The SU had the itinerary created before we arrived and on the itinerary, it stated that we were going to visit MacArthur’s seat and she stated that the activity would be a hike with a “slight incline.” Before we began our hike, we met with some former Lockerbie scholars and they discussed the scholarship and the established relationship Syracuse has with the Scottish town from the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy.

Contact: asbruce@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: First time abroad


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: Shaan Lakshmanan ’22

Major: Architecture

Semester Abroad: Spring & Fall 2019 (Syracuse Florence)

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Don’t try to cram as much traveling outside your host city as you possibly can. Instead, spend as much time as you possibly can immersing yourself in the place you live. I would be a hypocrite to say that living abroad with your friends isn’t exciting and traveling to different places with them isn’t just as exciting if not more, but I also believe that occasionally breaking away from your friend group (and therefore your comfort zone) when they propose another trip to somewhere and staying in your host city by yourself for just one weekend (or even a whole spring or fall break) interacting with locals, exploring by yourself, learning something, will add so much more to your abroad experience. If your time, finances, and visa allow it, try to travel before or after your semester abroad. I would also suggest doing a few trips solo. You learn a lot more about yourself when you do.

Contact: sllakshm@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Race & Ethnicity, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Health, safety, and support, Meeting locals


Name: Shelby Ward ’22

Major: Architecture

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What advice would you give a student before studying abroad? Living abroad is so much fun, but it’s import to focus on school work and establish a work/life balance. Because of my experience, I decided to pursue an internship in London for summer 2021 as well as a masters degree in historic preservation. While you’re there you should think about what you like about the city and how you might apply that to your future career. It’s important to take advance of this time, get out and explore, have fun, learn a lot, and keep your future in mind.

Contactsward03@syr.edu

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