Summer Program Global Ambassadors

Name: Cole Bambini ’24

Major: Magazine, News & Digital Journalism; Spanish Language, Literature & Culture

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What advice would you give to a student studying abroad? My biggest piece of advice is to research and plan ahead of certain trips that you want to take. In terms of research, you should be familiar with customs, traditions, and events that are going on. For my trip, I knew Spain and Portugal were playing soccer in Madrid before I went and as soon as I got there, I met a friend and we went to the game. For customs and culture, it’s important to know how much to tip, what currency do they use, typical restaurant behavior, nightlife, etc. If you know this ahead of time, you’ll be much more prepared.

Contact: cabambin@syr.edu

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


Name: Alaina Hauber ’24

Major: Health and Exercise Science

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? The best advice I could give is to go out and explore. While that may be obvious, I think that it was so important and valuable to my experience. Use every moment you have to go walk around with the people you meet and see what your city, country, or continent has to offer. I was in Madrid for a month and that was not even enough time to see all that the city had to offer. Exploring a new area can be nerve-wracking, but stepping out of your comfort zone is so important and will bring you to places and people that you would have never imagined.

Contact: akhauber@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, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Nomar Diaz Parrilla ’24

Major: Health and Physical Education

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021 & 2022

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session & Florence Summer Session

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? Learn how to manage your money and time efficiently!

Contact: nadiazpa@syr.edu

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


Name: Whitney Welbaum ’22

Major: Public Relations

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021 & Santiago Center spring 2022

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What would you say to a student undecided about going abroad? Take your time and explore your options. If study abroad fits into your academic plans, I would definitely recommend doing it. Figure out what best works for you, short-term programs are a great option if you can’t go abroad for an entire semester. The most important part of your decision is location. While you will have new and valuable experiences no matter where you go, make sure you understand what you are looking for. Do research on local cultures, food, and life. No matter where you go you will be somewhat outside of your comfort zone. However, do a self-assessment and decide how far outside of your comfort zone you are willing to go. One of the best things that I have found to help me make decisions about study abroad is talking to people who have gone to the places I am interested in.

Contact: wfwelbau@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Selecting a program option, Adjusting to a foreign language, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion


danny herediaName: Danny Heredia ’23

Major: Finance and Supply Chain

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: Florence & London Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience I had in London was learning and experiencing the work culture first hand. I was shocked to see much less of an emphasis surrounding grind culture that is standardized in many sectors in the US compared to the UK. As someone who doesn’t know where I would like to be located for a career, interning abroad was an eye opening adventure that makes me want to keep pushing my boundaries and seeing what’s out there.

Contact: dhered01@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, 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


jordan pierreName: Jordan Pierre

Major: Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: Florence & London Summer Session

What would you tell a student who is undecided about studying abroad? the importance of gaining exposure outside of your community, neighborhood and country which you have grown up in. With exposure comes expansion. To experience life outside of the one you have normalized teaches you not only how fortunate you may be but what disadvantages you may have experience. It often takes one to be removed from their immediate environment inorder to critically assess how their environment shaped the way they think and behave. Through traveling abroad I realized how limited my lens and perspective of the world is.

Contact: jpierr05@syr.edu

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


Name: Kali Bosket ’24

Major: Chemistry

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience was staying with a host family, which allowed me to get a different perspective on the city from someone who knows it from an insiders point of view, and having that resource was immensely helpful during my stay.

Contact: kbosket@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Selecting a program option


Name: Dominic Chiappone ’24

Major: History; Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? Syracuse Abroad programs gives every student the same Syracuse experience and sensation around the world. Being able to study over the summer, I had the opportunity to get closer with people I didn’t expect, make lifelong friends, and get ahead in my academics.

Contact: dcchiapp@syr.edu

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


Name: Emese Kulcsar ’23

Major: Applied Data Analytics

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? First, I think the regret of not going will always outweigh the risks of going. It’s normal to get homesick or even fell sad but it will not be a constant. You will bond so much with the students in your classes/program and get to see things your probably did not even think of that will make it better. And if you’re worried about not knowing the language, I didn’t know any Spanish when I went and chose a host family and it’s surprisingly not that hard to pick up if you need to.

Contact: ekulcsar@syr.edu

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


Name: Gianna Davis ’25

Major: Accounting, Business Analytics. Minor: Public Communications Studies

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: Florence Summer Session

What was your favorite experience abroad? Going abroad for three weeks was the most incredible three weeks of my life, and I have memories that will last a lifetime which I am forever thankful for. Out of everything I experienced there, I would say my most unforgettable times happened when I was exploring the city of Florence and the Tuscan countryside with my best friend. We met new people and learned lessons that I truly will never forget. My most favorite memory was dancing to a street musician on the corner of the Ponte Vecchio- I had felt so much happiness and love in one moment that was truly very powerful.

Contact: dcchiapp@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, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


catherine in londonName: Catherine Lambert ’25

Major: Environment, Sustainability and Policy

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022 and Winterlude 2022

Summer program: London Summer Session & Post-Oil Futures Short-term program

What advice would you give to a student studying abroad? You should expect to make long-lasting friendships through being abroad in SU classes, traveling, and taking adventures. Also, use this time to make efficient progress in your major and get to know faculty in and outside of your department that will help your career.

Contact: clambe05@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, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


danielle luingName: Danielle Luing ’25

Major: Marketing Management; Finance

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: London Summer Session

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable experience while abroad was my included weekend trip to Oxford. Syracuse Abroad is so amazing at planning trips that are included in the tuition. This was my first weekend abroad, and it was unforgettable to me as it was the first time, in my opinion, that almost the whole “Block” was together and got to bond. When we were living in London, everyone was scattered, but at Oxford, we all stayed at the same hotel, ate breakfast together, rode the bus together, and got to strengthen our new friendships. They planned activities for us to do there, such as a tour of Oxford University, an afternoon in a garden preservation, and then a whole free day to ourselves to explore.

Contact: deluing@syr.edu

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


cara stevesName: Cara Steves ’25

Major: Public Relations

Semesters abroad: Summer 2022

Summer program: London Summer Session

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable experience during my time in London was the incredible class that I had the privilege to take. My class, International Social Media and Public Relations, changed my perspective on not only my future career plans but gave me the unique opportunity to experience a new country with a tight knit group of classmates and a wonderful professor leading us through London. Having the chance to take a class that was so hands on and completely immersed me in London’s culture sparked a passion in me to continue traveling and to hopefully one day work or live abroad for a longer time period.

Contact: cgsteves@syr.edu

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


Short-term Programs

Name: Jenna Merry ’23

Major: Architecture

Semesters abroad: November 2019

Short-term program: The Role of Environmental Science in Governance

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I would have known the impact this adventure would have on me. I learned during and after, but this truly was a once in a lifetime experience, and is not worth any hesitation to jump towards. Even if the focus isn’t in you particular field of study, it’s nothing that you can’t study and work towards, as extra knowledge and extra experiences in your college experience can only make your college experience more worth it and valuable. And you never know, I was even able to apply my new environmental science background that I gathered at the United Nations to my architectural projects back in Syracuse!

Contact: jlmerry@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, 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, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option