Santiago Global Ambassadors

Name: Cafui Awasu ’20

Major: Management, Entrepreneurship

Semesters abroad: Spring 2019

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Go!!!! It can be incredibly stressful trying to think about how you are going to fit study abroad into your schedule and it can be nervewracking thinking about being dropped in a new country and language but it honestly has the potential to be one of the best experiences of your life. It can be hard to jump into the unknown but what you find on the other side, is so so worth it.

Contact: caawasu@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Living with a host family, Race & Ethnicity, Religious life, Selecting a program option


Name: Edward Rosen ’21

Major: Geography

Semesters abroad: Spring 2020

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I had known how much my language skills would grow just by immersing myself in a different culture. Spanish was the main thing that I was nervous about before leaving. However, learning and improving my spanish everyday not just in the classroom but through conversations with locals every day was one of the best parts of the experience. I wish I had known to not doubt myself and maybe my skills would have improved quicker.

Contact: emrosen@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, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Religious life


Name: Maxwell Boise ’21

Major: Information Management (Data Analysis Concentration) & Spanish

Semesters abroad: Spring 2020

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? The Cuenca immersion seminar appears quite daunting on paper, and paints a picture that without a sufficiently high-level of Spanish (pre-arrival) students will suffer. However, I can attest that this is not the case. The CEDEI Spanish classes are appropriately stratified, so there is a starting place for learners of any level. Furthermore, you will only have class for 2 hours most days, allowing students ample time to make connections and explore the city. By far the best parts of the seminar are the built-in extracurricular periods, in which we learned about politics, biology, and many varieties of Latin dance.

Contact: mboise@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Cultural immersion


Name: Mirando Carlo ’21

Major: International Relations

Semesters abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most unforgettable experience that I had in my host country is when I attended the women’s march in Santiago, Chile. This is one of my most valuable experiences of my entire life because I am a passionate person about human rights and I have always wanted to become more active and attend protests and marches. The women’s march I attended in Chile was my first one ever and it was a truly eye-opening experience. I have never felt so empowered as a women before. I was would walk in the crowds and witness all the women, young and old, chanting vehemently in positive, exciting tones and serious ones, made me feel as though I belonged. I felt like I was in the right place and I think this march sparked something in me. I known for years that I want to pursue a career in law and am passionate about achieving justice; however, before this march I was never active nor did I get involved in any activist events or organizations.

Contact: micarlo@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: Angelique Bey ’22

Major: Television, Radio, & Film and Spanish Literature, Language, & Culture

Semesters abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Mauricio, our Center director, made the experience even more phenomenal than it already was. He was so passionate about the subjects he was teaching and not only was he our professor, but a great friend. The seminar was so much fun because I had developed strong relationships with my peers so not only were we learning, but we were traveling to unforgettable places as well. I remember specifically, one day we went to Playa Pocitos in Montevideo, Uruguay, and I checked social media to see what was going on in Syracuse, and it was a crazy snow day. Not once while I was abroad did I want to come home or felt homesick, and that was because the staff was very good at checking in with us and making sure we were always comfortable and safe. Even though last semester was very unexpected due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Mauricio and Paula handled it very well, and we all stayed safe and healthy. I learned so much about the southern cone during my time abroad thanks to Mauricio and Paula, and I am eternally grateful for my experiences before I had to return to the US.

Contact: abey01@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Living with a host family, Race & Ethnicity, Selecting a program option