Strasbourg Global Ambassadors

katherine blomkvistName: Katherine Blomkvist ’23

Major: Public Health & Policy Studies

Semester Abroad: Fall 2021

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was getting to visit so many different cities within France. I was able to more deeply explore France and all that it has to offer than if I was able to visit any country I wanted. From city to city, you can feel the differences in the way people interact with one another, the architecture, and the food people eat. Even though France is a small country, it feels so much larger.

Contactkpblomkv@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, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Living with a host family, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


charlotte wardName: Charlotte Ward ’23

Major: Policy Studies

Semester Abroad: Fall 2021

What advice would you give to a student before they go abroad? “Leap and the net will appear” There will always be people to help you wether you are in a Syracuse Center or out in the city. Just go take advantage of everything your location has to offer. Don’t worry about not knowing the language of your placement country because its so much easier to learn a language abroad and generally, people speak English.

Contactcward06@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family


Name: Yangzhi Xiao ’22

Major: Music Industry

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I am an organ student, and during the time when I studied in France, I was able to study with one of the four organists of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. I have learned so much from him, and more importantly, I have earned a very unique perception of the way of life as an organist. It is just so worth it to spend at least one semester aboard, it’s a such life-changing experience. Sometimes, there is not only one way to study, man who travels far knows more. To have real experience with the world beyond your borders will definitely benefit your future.

Contact: yxiao22@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Adjusting to a foreign language


Name: Blake Moyer ’22

Major: Political Science, History, and Citizenship and Civic Education

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience I had within my host country was two excursions I did with my host family. In the first week at Strasbourg, we had a day that wad dedicated to spending time with our host family. For my day, I spent my time with my host mother (Rajaa Patry) and her best friend. They took me to her best friend’s mother’s house in the countryside. There we celebrated her 70th birthday and I got to meet his entire extended family. Even though I knew little French (because I took Spanish in high school), they treated me as one of their own, gave me plenty of food, taught me some French, were the first people I had to do la bise with, and we played some games together. Additionally, I had a wonderful day excursion with my host mom, her best friend, and my Russian host brother, Igor. We went to Baden-Baden and the Black Forest, there we walked around a frozen pond that had the legend about mermaids, ate wonderful sausages, tried on ridiculous hats at the store (and we have pictures). Then we had lunch by the pond, explored the city of Baden-Baden and window shopping. We ended the night singing, reminiscing, looking at old videos, eating home-cooked food, and enjoying a fire.

Contact: bpmoyer@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