Central Europe Global Ambassadors

Name: Sophie Creager-Roberts ’24

Majors: Environment, Sustainability, & Policy and History

Semester abroad: Fall 2021

What advice would you give to a student undecided about going abroad? I would suggest taking a language course in the native language, even if it is not required. You will miss out on so many opportunities to meet new people. Even knowing the bare bones of the language will show locals that you have made an effort to understand their daily life and culture and, in my experience, made people more receptive to a dialogue with me. It also pays off when you are navigating through a city or in a pinch and don’t have time to google translate an entire menu.

Contact: sacreage@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion, Financing study away, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Abby Wright ’25

Majors: Magazine, News, and Digital Journalism

Semester abroad: Fall 2023

What advice would you give to a student undecided about going abroad? Be open to whatever lays in front of you, whether that be a new food, new experience, new friend. Pack lightly. Call your parents, your friends, your family, anyone you love once a week. Don’t feel pressured to keep a detailed journal every single day. Make a shared photo album. Bring a few comfort snacks for the first few weeks. Budget wisely! And just love every single minute, even the tram delays, cold walks, unfamiliar food, etc.

Contact: awrigh17@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Culture shock /, Homesickness, Financing study away, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, LGBTQ+, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Sofia DaCruz ’25

Majors: Selected Studies in Education and Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Semester abroad: Fall 2023

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience abroad was in Berlin when we spent a day visiting different monuments and memorials. We visited the Memorial to the Six Million Murdered Jews of Europe, the Memorial to the Murdered Homosexuals in the Holocaust, and a Soviet war memorial among many others. As we discussed each memorial I learned from my peers’ perspectives and drew on the history we had previously learned through the program. It was on this day that I began to feel the program themes of memory, identity, and history come together. I appreciated the way our professors allowed us to openly discuss our perspectives and guided us based on each of our interests.

Contact: srdacruz@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Anna Meehan ’26

Majors: International Relations; Russian Literature, Language and Culture; Minor: Music Performance

Semester abroad: Fall 2023

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? I will never forget the experience I shared with my peers at Auschwitz and Treblinka. Although I had studied these locations in depth for years ahead of my arrival in Poland, I realized that nothing can replace the emotional experience of confronting these spaces, and therefore history, physically. When visiting, I felt closer to the victims who suffered at these locations, and learned details that would not be available nor equally appreciated outside the confines of the camps. The experience also opened up a larger conversation after the site visits, in which we discussed how the Holocaust is perceived around the world, the ethics of maintaining tours and potential commodification of concentration camps in the 21st century, and how individuals should act when visiting sacred spaces of mass atrocities.

Contact: aemeehan@syr.edu

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


Name: Kennedy Snyder ’25

Majors: International Relations and Political Science

Semester abroad: Fall 2023

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? We traveled throughout Eastern/Central Europe visiting memorials and monuments and learning about the history of the region and how it has impacted the culture and the policies. Visiting Auschwitz and Treblinka was an incredibly difficult experience but I think it was an incredibly important one. I think it has made me a better human and a better student in my area of studies.

Contact: kasnyd06@syr.edu

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


max in central europe

Name: Max Goldberg ’23 G’24

Majors: International Relations

Semester abroad: Fall 2021

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? The “pogranicze” or borderlands of Poland are beautiful. Just a few miles from Lithuania, Belarus, and Russia, we drove on dirt roads through bright green forests and around glassy blue lakes, passing run down barns and fields of yellow flowers scattered with cows. We were staying in Krasnogruda for the weekend, a small town with a population of no more than 1,000 but with immense historical significance. We sat down for a dinner of fried fish and classic Polish fermented vegetables, and drank tea boiled over a wood-fired brick oven. We talked about identity, about ourselves and our relationship with others. We talked about building bridges, and overcoming differences. That’s the whole purpose of the Central Europe program. Despite a turbulent and awful history we learn happened here, we learn about the little beauties in between it all.

Contact: mgoldb07@syr.edu

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