Visiting Student Global Ambassadors

Name: Grace Landis ’21

Major: Psychology and The Classics

Program: Florence Center

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

Home university: University of Southern California

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience in my host country was a class day trip to Milan. We went to a few beautiful churches and museums in the morning before going to see Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, which was one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had. Walking into the room that contains the painting was a moment that I will never forget and the feeling of awe that I had was unexplainable. I have always appreciated art and I love walking around art and history museum’s, but walking into the room with The Last Supper was a truly unique experience. You could feel the history and beauty of the painting and it shaped how I will look at art going forward and I am so grateful for the experience.

Contact: gvlandis@usc.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Living with a host family, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: M Benesch ’22

Major: Linguistics

Program: Florence Center

Semester Abroad: Spring 2020

Home university: Reed College

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? In a Lush store in Florence, near Piazza della Signoria, I met a non-binary Italian person. They were working there, and made an off-hand comment about not being a man or a woman in a joke with their coworker. I left the store, but went back in and approached them and asked about what pronouns they use in Italian and what the Italian non-binary scene was like. They told me, and they were super nice about it, and I went outside and cried afterwards. I felt seen then in a way that I hadn’t since leaving my home campus.

Contact: mbenesch@reed.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Selecting a program option, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, LGBTQ+, Living with a host family, Meeting locals


Name: Caroline Simon ’21

Major: Religion, Economics minor

Program: Exploring Central Europe

Semester Abroad: Fall 2019

Home university: Colgate University

What advice do you have for students studying abroad? Gain something new from every day. It is not every day you are in a new country, studying that country in depth, with few responsibilities other than to complete your coursework and experience the culture. Experiences as small as sitting in a new cafe became monumental to me while abroad, and it always felt so good going to bed at the end of each day knowing that I was making the most of my experience.

Contact: csimon@colgate.edu