Summer Program Global Ambassadors

Ellenora SummerName: Ellenora Huth ’22

Major: Political Science & Sociology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Law, Religion and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? If you are even considering going abroad and have the resources necessary, do it! However, I would highly recommend a summer program to test the waters before committing to a full semester.

Contact: erhuth@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: First time abroad, Financing study away


Name: Chris Ajao ’22

Major: Political Science

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

Summer program: Florence Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was traveling to the city of Venice, Italy. Taking the gondolas down the canals of the city felt like a movie. Also, going to Venice was amazing because it was one of the spots on my Italy bucket list. Seeing the architecture and the food of the city helped me learn more about Italian culture made me grateful for my experience studying abroad.

Contact: chajao@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in contact with friends and family, cultural immersion, meeting locals, financing study away, first time abroad, and fitting study abroad into your home campus experience


Name: Caitlyn Greene ’22

Major: Biotechnology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

Summer program: London Summer Session

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? There is no better time to travel than now! There are a lot of daunting aspects to traveling but Syracuse does a great job at preparing you for your time abroad. You learn so much more than what you see in your classes; you get the chance to meet locals and immerse yourself in the culture which is something that you will always remember.

Contact: cgreen14@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Culture shock / Homesickness, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion, Meeting locals, Fitting study abroad into your campus experience, Health, safety and support, and First time abroad


Name: Dylan Antigua ’22

Major: Psychology, Minor: Public Communications Studies and Business

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

Summer program: Florence Summer Session

What was your most treasured experience abroad? I would definitely say my most valuable experience in Italy was being in Italy as the Euro Cup for soccer took place. It not only gave me a new appreciation for the sport of soccer, but it also gave me a full-on first hand experience with the true essence of the Italian culture. Seeing the unity throughout the country to rally behind their nation’s soccer team was amazing, definitely a sense of energy and passion that I had never felt or seen before.

Contact: dantigua@syr.edu

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


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: Nicole Renzetti ’22

Major: Inclusive Elementary and Special Education, Minor: Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

Summer program: London Summer Internship program

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The field trips that I was able to go on through the internship program, as well as the Underground London class, had me visiting sites, hearing stories, and experiencing London instead of just studying it is something that I would not have had the chance to do if I would have gone on my own. So many of the field trip days and tours that were organized by the program and through the class were things that I would never have thought to do but ended up being some of my favorite experiences from the term and what I learned the most from.

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


Name: Whitney Welbaum ’22

Major: Public Relations

Semesters abroad: Summer 2021

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


Zitong SuName: Zitong Su ’22

Major: International Relations

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable abroad experience is the process that I start building up deep connection with my host family. Language barrier does not stop us from communication and being close. We exchange note cards to express our feelings and I learned that love can be expressed by so many different ways. It is a time to learn, not only a new language but also how to embrace love from different cultural background.

Contact: zsu101@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Living with a host family


Name: Jacqueline Stevens ’22

Major: Finance and Supply Chain Management

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience in Spain would have to be when my friends and I took a trip to Valencia on the coast. We were able to go to the beach but also see the historical significance of the city. We went to the grocery store and bought food so we could have a big dinner party with all of us and it was so much fun cooking with everyone and sharing a meal. We bonded a lot and ended up going out after and had a lot of fun meeting new people.

Contact: jsteve04@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, First time abroad, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Liam Flanagan ’22

Major: Finance

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: London Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I truly enjoyed the entire experience. I grew a lot as a person and as a student during my time abroad. From the class meetings and organized activities provided by the university to the free time that I had to roam the streets of London and other major cities in Europe and, of course, my internship, it was by far one of the best experiences I have had in my life so far.

Contact: lsflanag@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, First time abroad


Name: Tristian Carson ’22

Major: Higher Education (Graduate student)

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The challenge of overcoming anxiety about my language deficiency while I was in Spain helped me gain the most. When I was successful in my public interactions at the store or in a restaurant the anxiety would fade away and I was relaxed and happy to be where I was. Having a tooth extracted was also something that I will always remember. I went to Valencia the very next day and managed to enjoy myself.

Contact: tscarson@syr.edu

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


Short-term Programs

Name: Jenna Merry ’22

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