Madrid Global Ambassadors

Name: Giavana Prucha ’22

Major: Biochemistry

Semester Abroad: Discovery Madrid Fall 2018

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Being able to immerse myself in so many unique cultures and truly appreciate the beauty of Spain. I learned more about myself each time I visited a new place and developed a new level of independence. I loved challenging myself through learning different languages and it was so easy to fall in love with Madrid. There is so much value in exploring cities near and far, and the pictures and videos will never compare to the memories I made in those precious moments.

Contact: gprucha@syr.edu


Name: Alyssa Grzesiowski ’22

Major: Chemistry and Forensic Science (minor in Spanish)

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I had known how amazing living with a host family can be so I would not have been so apprehensive about choosing that option. I was really nervous to meet my host family, but they were so kind and accommodating, especially with my food allergies and any other needs I had.

Contact: ajgrzesi@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Preparing for departure, adjusting to a foreign language, allergies & dietary needs (I am dairy & peanut free), cultural immersion, fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, living with a host family, and preparing for departure


emma purceName: Emma Purce ’22

Major: International Relations

Semester Abroad: Fall 2021

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable and unforgettable experience in Spain was the Marine Ecology Signature Seminar. I had an amazing time with the other students and the professors. Throughout this trip I was able to travel to amazing places and try new things. We went kayaking, snorkeling, cooked traditional Valencian paella, and went SCUBA diving. We learned about the ecology of the Mediterranean Sea through discussions with experts, lectures, readings, and by experiencing everything first hand when we went diving.

Contact: epurce@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure


victoria amadoName: Victoria Amado ’23

Major: Info Management & Technology, Spanish Language Literature & Culture, Policy Studies

Semester Abroad: Fall 2021

What do you wish you had known before going abroad? Something I wish I had known before going abroad is to embrace discomfort. There will probably be many new situations that are bound to make you uncomfortable but don’t shy away from these moments because they are most often the most memorable and growth-inducing. I remember being so scared to make mistakes or put myself in new situations where there might be a language barrier or awkward encounter, but I quickly learned that that was no way to spend my time abroad. Instead, I learned to take each of those moments with a grain of salt and learn from them. Not only did it makes things more comfortable for me, but in the end, I realized that simply by putting in an effort, the locals were more than kind to me than I could have ever imagined.

Contact: vcamado@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, Financing study away, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option