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Global Outreach Team Peer Advisors

Please reach out directly to any of our Global Outreach (GO!) Team Peer Advisors below for a student perspective! You can ask them about their off-campus study program experiences, any of their identities or interest areas listed, the country or place they studied -- and anything else you have questions about as you prepare for your study abroad.


If you have "how-to" procedural questions about application processes for CC, financial aid or billing, health and safety, insurance, etc., please make sure to read the detailed guides in the "Global Education" section of our website, as individual student situations always vary, and one student's path may be very different than yours on a logistical level. The Center for Global Education staff remains available also for specific advising to make your off-campus study possible.


 

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Abi Walls '21
she/her/hers
a_walls@coloradocollege.edu or 719-369-6108

Major/minor: Theatre (M), Spanish (M)
Programs: CC in Latin America: Buenos Aires (half-semester/2 blocks); CC Block in London: Performance Away.
I could talk with you about: Bridge Scholars Abroad, Disability or Accessibility-Related Considerations, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, First Time Abroad, Language Learning and Goals, LGBTQIA+ Abroad, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), Personal safety abroad.

"I can offer my perspective as someone who is low-income and had never been abroad before my programs at CC. I've been abroad with two different CC programs and can talk about the benefits and drawbacks of choosing a CC faculty-led program versus other options, and can give logistical and personal advice. I can be a resource for accessibility and disability questions, as a member of the Accessibility Resources student leadership council. I've lived with a host family abroad and in student apartment housing, and can offer counsel on deciding between those options and between navigating the different challenges in either. I can offer advice on the fears and uncertainties of being LGBT+ abroad. I love language learning and fully studying abroad, so would be glad to be a resource as you navigate your global studies!"

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Anabelle Harden '21
she/her/hers
a_harden@coloradocollege.edu or 610-322-3962

Major/minor: Psychology (M), Spanish (m)
Programs: IES Granada, Spain semester
I could talk with you about: Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Gender-Related Considerations, Internship or research project abroad, Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"Before I studied abroad, I had traveled solo to France, Spain, Greece, and Turkey, and completed research in Cuba. I love to travel and explore solo, and I could definitely speak to other students (especially women) who might like to do this (safety, tips, etc.)!"

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Aydin Gates '21
he/him/his
a_gates@coloradocollege.edu or 575-779-0434

Major/minor: Environmental Studies (M), Film Studies (m)
Programs: SIT International Honors Program (IHP) Semester - Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Energy, and Water [Semester in Morocco, Vietnam, Bolivia, and the U.S.]; CC Block in London: Performance Away.
I could talk with you about: Internship or research project abroad, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor.

"I did a really unique kind of study abroad semester, and I would be happy to talk with you about my perspective on this type of experiential, comparative learning. My program was valuable because it allowed me to hear an incredible diversity of perspectives and seeing lived experiences of people being affected by the local, national and international dynamics surrounding food, water and energy that take their needs and livelihoods into consideration to varying degrees.

My semester culminated with the presentation of an independent research project centered around social/environmental/climate justice considerations regarding food, water, and/or energy. 

I lived in two host families in Vietnam and Morocco, so I can also speak to being involved with contrasting cultural expectations and norms, language barriers, as well as how I found the host family experience extremely valuable to learn from the members of these families, and share memorable and beautiful experiences together."

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Bridget Galaty '21
they/them/theirs
b_galaty@coloradocollege.edu 

Major: Mathematical Economics
Programs: Budapest Semester in Mathematics Education (BSME); CC Block in London: Shakespeare.
I could talk with you about: Athletes Abroad, Internship or research project abroad, Language Learning and Goals, LGBTQIA+ Abroad, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, STEM.

"I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what course of action would be best for my abroad experience, so I am excited for the opportunity to support you as you plan your time studying abroad. When I was studying in Hungary, I joined a local rugby club while abroad so I would also be happy to talk with athletes about how to continue to find sport community while studying abroad. I identify as part of the LGBT community, so, while that didn't end up being super topical while I was abroad, I am happy to talk about it with you. When I was abroad I also studied Hungarian, and can speak to the process and experience of studying a less-commonly taught language in the U.S. that I had no previous familiarity with. I look forward to getting to share about my own experience and hopefully help you make a thoughtful decision about what would be best for your own development in studying abroad."

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Carissa Sherman '21
she/her/hers
c_sherman@coloradocollege.edu 

Major/minor: Molecular Biology (M), Anthropology (m) and Biochemistry (m)
Programs: CC Mediterranean Semester, Italy
I could talk with you about: Bridge Scholars Abroad, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Gender-Related Considerations, First Time Abroad, Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Pre-Health Track, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), STEM.

"I am the first in my immediate family to study abroad, and I was worried about funding and resources. I am happy to help students from lower-income backgrounds find ways to study abroad -- especially when they may feel a little left out compared to their peers."

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Ceren Ozbilen '21
she/her/hers
c_ozbilen@coloradocollege.edu or 719-500-6886

Major/minor: Film & Media Studies (M), Music (m)
Programs: IFSA University of Sydney Partnership, Australia; CC Summer Block in Greece
I could talk with you about: Ethnic and Racial Identity Abroad, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, First Generation college student, International Student at CC, Internship or research project abroad, LGBTQIA+ Abroad, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), Funding Your Study Abroad.

"I am from Turkey, I finished high school in Bosnia and Herzegovina, spent a month in Greece, and I am studying college in the U.S., so I can be helpful due to my several multicultural experiences so far in life. I would be glad to talk to you about how I made my study abroad work and navigated financial aid processes to support the costs I encountered. I am also very good at giving advices and helping people make up their mind, and would be happy to talk with you about options!"

Cheristy_Jones

Cheristy Jones '20
she/her/hers
cheristy.jones@gmail.com or 801-884-8341

Major/minor: Environmental Science (M)
Programs: DIS Copenhagen - Environmental Science of the Arctic: Ice Cores and Ice Ages
I could talk with you about: Athletes Abroad, First Generation college student, Gender-Related Considerations, Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), STEM.

"Before going abroad, I also wish I knew more about what to expect and some tips and tricks for a more enjoyable experience, and I would love to share what I learned with future students. I can help you examine what you would like to get out of study abroad, and what might be the right fit to achieve those goals. I have a diverse background and can help students navigate life as an athlete, first generation student, and a STEM major, and I can also help you think about how to frame your study abroad experience for graduate school.

My study abroad experience was life changing, and I would love to help others have just as good of an experience as I did."

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Elam Boockvar-Klein '20
he/him/his
elamklein@gmail.com

Major/minor: Sociology (M), Spanish (m)
Programs: SIT International Honors Program (IHP) Semester - Comparative Human Rights: Movements, Power, and Resistance [Semester in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile].
I could talk with you about: Internship or research project abroad, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), Religion.

"I had such an incredible experience that I think about all of the time, and that was in large part because we travelled to so many different locations throughout the semester (three very different countries). I would be happy to talk with you specifically about programs that travel to multiple locations. I also got a chance on my program to complete a pretty extensive comparative research project; I studied how faith-based texts are leveraged on behalf of social justice causes in each of the countries I was in (LGBTQ+ inclusive Hinduism, Islamic feminism, and Catholic Liberation Theology), and would welcome talking about my experience doing a project like that abroad, and anything else listed above!"

Elena Martinez-Vivot

Elena Martinez-Vivot '21
she/her/hers
e_martinezvivot@coloradocollege.edu 

Major/minor: Political Science (M), French (m)
Programs: CC Exchange with Sciences Po in Menton, France (full year); CC Block in Senegal.
I could talk with you about: Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), Religion.

"Because I completed a full year exchange program abroad, taking classes directly enrolled at a French university, I feel I hold a unique perspective compared to shorter term study abroad for a block or two (which I also did!). I would encourage you to absolutely think about study abroad in terms of language immersion, and the amazing advantages that come with being able to study abroad for an extended period of time."

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Ella McMullin '21
she/her/hers
e_mcmullin@coloradocollege.edu 

Major/minor: Environmental Science (M), Feminist & Gender Studies (m)
Programs: School for Field Studies in Peru: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon (petitioned program).
I could talk with you about: Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, STEM, the Petition process at CC.

"I am very interested in exploring with you about how we can best use the critical lenses gained at CC to be intentional and position ourselves thoughtfully within study abroad initiatives. What are some of the implications of being a student studying abroad? How is studying abroad problematized, and how do we enact white savior complexes to some extent? How can we be aware of our direct impact in positive and negative ways? I want to be honest and transparent in the best ways with you about what I learned from my study abroad semester!"

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Emily Dwyer '22
she/her/hers
e_dwyer@coloradocollege.edu or 512-705-7744

Major/minor: Organismal Biology and Ecology (M), Anthropology (M)
Programs: School for Field Studies Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies Semester
I could talk with you about: Athletes Abroad, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Gender-Related Considerations, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), STEM, Substance-free study abroad.

"I was very intentional about choosing an academically rigorous program that is in direct alignment with my future career goals to someday work in a conservation related field, and I would love to talk to you about biology, ecology, or conservation studies abroad. Even if you are unsure about your future aspirations, I could help explain how I chose my program, and what I thought about while making the decision. I loved being abroad and thought of it as a stepping stone to where I want to be in the future; I was seeking a strong educational experience and I enjoyed myself and had an amazing time, but also focused on the academics.

I also am a student athlete, and I had to keep up my training while abroad. This was very difficult in such a remote location, but I got creative and made it work. I could talk to other athletes who are worried about this as well. I am also substance-free, which can be difficult socially while abroad, and I could talk to you my experiences with that too!"

Emily_Kressley

Emily Kressley '20
she/her/hers
e_kressley@coloradocollege.edu or 860-391-1479

Major/minor: Environmental Policy (M)
Programs: ACM Amsterdam semester (note: now inactive, but a similar option would be the DIS Copenhagen or Stockholm semesters)
I could talk with you about: Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Gender-Related Considerations, Language Learning and Goals, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor.

"My semester in Amsterdam allowed me to learn and grow as a person, as well as in my studies -- climate change and environmental policy studies really must extend beyond U.S. goals and policy, and this program (now discontinued, unfortunately), really allowed me to get outside the CC context and explore these intersections."

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Emma Cullen '20
she/her/hers
cullen.emma6@gmail.com or 610-999-8763

Major/minor: Economics (M)
Programs: SIT Switzerland: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility
I could talk with you about: Internship or research project abroad, First Time Abroad, Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"Studying abroad was my first experience outside the U.S., and I picked a program with a host family as a major component. I would be happy to talk to you about either of these things!

I would also enjoy talking with you about how I decided on the location I wanted to study, and the things I considered before I made my decision. I had a great experience and would encourage anyone who can to go abroad. "

Inez_Olivas

Inez Olivas '21
she/her/hers
i_olivas@coloradocollege.edu or 915-487-6544

Major/minor: Comparative Literature (M), Chinese Language (m)
Programs: CC in China Program (Blocks 7&8); CC Summer Spanish in Spain; CC Block Abroad in Greece: CO200 Landscape, Monuments, and Myths, Outdoor Education Iceland: Trekking & Tourism; DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia Semester.
I could talk with you about: Bridge Scholars Abroad, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, First Time Abroad, Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, My major or minor.

"Even though I've been lucky enough to attend a number of different study abroad programs during my time at CC, with each trip my sense of preparedness increased by only a minuscule amount! I think I could help if you find yourself feeling a bit more hesitant about this step (as someone who was extremely hesitant to go on any of the trips I was given the opportunity to partake in). It was stressful at times, to feel as though no one else had any misgivings or worries about leaving home for so long. I'd like to help you in any way that I can and share what I learned from my own experiences."

Jia_Mei

Jia Mei '21
she/her/hers
j_mei@coloradocollege.edu or 267-616-0882

Major/minor: Molecular Biology (M), Chemistry (m)
Programs: CC in China (Blocks 7&8)
I could talk with you about: Being a Heritage Speaker (language) and/or Heritage Seeker (family origins), Bridge Scholars Abroad, First Time Abroad, First Generation college student, Gilman Award Recipient, Pre-Health Track.

"As a Bridge Scholar, I came into CC hearing many great things about the study abroad opportunities from my Bridge mentors. Many of my classmates actually started studying abroad during their freshman summer. I gave it a try my sophomore year, and it's been one of the best memories I've had at CC. Being a STEM major, I had to plan accordingly due to the hectic schedule of lab requirements. One thing that really helped me was attending study abroad fairs to know my options and also talking to other Bridge Scholars or First Gen students because they may share similar experiences! 

I also applied for and received the Gilman Award Scholarship which helped to fund my study abroad, and I would be happy to talk to you about your Gilman essays and designing a great follow-on project as required by Gilman. Since I have written a blog and recorded a video during my time in China, I can share my personal experiences as a heritage speaker of Cantonese learning Mandarin. While I can help all students, I could also be a resource for First Gen and Bridge students specifically, because I can relate to the excitement, yet doubt of studying abroad! I am so glad I did it."

Kelly_Yue

Kelly Yue '21
she/her/hers
k_yue@coloradocollege.edu or 719-321-0108

Major/minor: Sociology (M), History (m)
Programs: DIS Copenhagen Semester (Core Course: Cultural Diversity and Integration); CC Block Abroad: Toulouse, France - Sociology; Outdoor Education Iceland: Trekking & Tourism.
I could talk with you about: Ethnic and Racial Identity Abroad, International Student at CC, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor.

"I stayed with a host family during my semester in Denmark. While we built a genuine relationship over the course of my study abroad, instances of microaggression/racism sometimes occurred. I would love to share my experience communicating with my host family on sensitive issues since it is, unfortunately, something students of color may face while studying abroad. I see myself specifically helpful to students of East Asian heritage and international students, to help talk through the types of situations you may encounter around the world when studying abroad, and tell you how I navigated them.

I also volunteered at a refugee house in Copenhagen during my abroad semester, which gave me precious opportunities to interact with the locals other than my host family, and to learn about social issues in the host country outside the classroom. If you think you might be interested in volunteering during your time abroad, I would love to share my volunteering experiences with you."

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Matt Rosen '20
he/him/his
matt.rosen@philosophy.ox.ac.uk or 201-906-9984

Major/minor: Philosophy (M)
Programs: After CC, I participated as a visiting postgraduate student in the M.A. in philosophy program at the University of Warwick (England).
I could talk with you about: Disability or Accessibility-Related Considerations, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Internship or research project abroad, LGBTQIA+ Abroad, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"At the end of my time at CC, I completed a postgraduate master's level philosophy program at the University of Warwick in the U.K., and I'm now a PhD student at Oxford University where I'll be for the next four years. I would be very happy to talk to CC students considering studying abroad in Oxford or applying for the Marshall or Rhodes scholarships. I'll be teaching undergraduates here, so I could speak with you about Oxford's education model, and to what higher education is generally like in the U.K., and help you in planning a course of study especially in philosophy or the humanities. I've managed my own research projects while in the U.K., and I can help you figure out how to talk to faculty and approach research here.

Additionally, I can speak to you about any accessibility-related and LGBT-related considerations in the UK, and I'd be very happy to talk about life in Oxford, or to meet up with you once you're here."

Molly_Seaman

Molly Seaman '21
she/her/hers
m_seaman@coloradocollege.edu or 650-771-1292

Major/minor: English (M), French (m), The Book (m)
Programs: CC Semester in France (Blocks 5&6)
I could talk with you about: Ethnic and Racial Identity Abroad, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Gender-Related Considerations, Internship or research project abroad, Language Learning and Goals, LGBTQIA+ Abroad, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"I loved my experience abroad and I'm glad I did it through CC! My program was cut short by COVID in the Spring of 2020, but I am more than willing to share with you about why my experience that I was able to have was so good. The visa process for France was also very complicated and I would be glad to share what I learned with future students who are planning to study in France, and help you navigate the visa process."

Nayeli_Pena

Nayeli Pena '22
she/her/hers
n_pena@coloradocollege.edu or 516-996-1029

Major/minor: Economics (M)
Programs: London School of Economics General Course (year-long); CC Summer Block - Rome, Naples, Sicily: Crossroads of the Ancient Mediterranean; CC Lüneburg Program, Germany.
I could talk with you about: Bridge Scholars Abroad, Ethnic and Racial Identity Abroad, Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, First Generation college student, Gender-Related Considerations, Language Learning and Goals, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"I'm a first-gen, low income, Black/Hispanic student which added a different dynamic to the experience of studying abroad for me. I can help provide advice on topics like preparing to study abroad and the process of language learning -- but I can also be helpful if you identify with one of the same backgrounds as me, because you may find that your experience abroad may be different than some other students' experiences. It's important to know you have someone here that can help and understand!

I can be helpful to you if you also don't have much experience with international travel or travel in Europe, since there might be culture shock and different things to prepare for there. I can also speak on how racial identities are different than in the U.S., and help you think through what that might mean for your day to day life in studying abroad. I have now studied abroad three times with CC, and done a lot of travel throughout Europe, so I have a good idea of what it's like to go abroad and what to prepare for. I've dealt with the typical struggles of adjusting to new cultures, learning languages, and preparing for a program abroad.

Before I went abroad, I personally spent a lot of time considering what I wanted out of a study abroad program (academics, location, language), and having studied abroad for several different reasons, I would be happy to talk with you about how I figured out what was most important to me, and what might be important to you, given your individual reasons."

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Peter Mow '20
he/him/his
mowpeter@gmail.com or 907-382-0356

Major/minor: Geology (M)
Programs: ACM/GLCA Japan Study, Spring/Summer semester at Waseda University
I could talk with you about: Language Learning and Goals, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"I could talk with you and answer your questions concerning staying with a host family, classes at Waseda University, the Japan Study program, my experience with learning language and customs, and life in Tokyo in general. I also participated actively in an International Cultural Exchange circle at Waseda University, and would be glad to talk about that experience."

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Robin Hilderman '20
she/her/hers
robinhilderman@gmail.com 

Major/minor: Geology (M)
Programs: Frontiers Abroad: Geology Semester
I could talk with you about: Athletes Abroad, Ethnic and Racial Identity Abroad, Internship or research project abroad, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, STEM.

"I took advantage of the opportunities my study abroad program offered to not only broaden my undergraduate academic education, but also grew as an individual from participating in completely new experience and learning about the culture I was living in. I travelled internationally also after my experience studying abroad, and can talk to you about that.

My program had a unique structure which combined geological fieldwork at the beginning of the term with direct-enroll classes in the local host university, and I can talk with you about how those two experiences fit together and what it was like to study geology abroad in that way."

Ruby_Aaron

Ruby Aaron '22
she/her/hers
r_aaron@coloradocollege.edu or 503-501-6406

Major/minor: Organismal Biology and Ecology (M), Biochemistry (m), Pre-Health Professions track
Programs: Boston University Dresden (Germany) Science Semester (note: now inactive, but the same program is offered in Madrid through BU)
I could talk with you about: Emotional Wellness/Managing Mental Health Abroad, Gender-Related Considerations, Language Learning and Goals, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Pre-Health Track, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving), STEM.

"I studied on a STEM-specific program abroad which blended science courses with language/culture courses, and I know that it can sometimes be difficult for pre-health students to not only find programs that keep them on track academically, but also to succeed in these programs due to the challenging nature of the courses coupled with new cultural and social challenges. During my semester in Dresden, I had tremendous social and academic growth which prepared me to be a better student and person at CC and beyond, but this growth resulted from challenges that I was not entirely prepared for before I arrived. I believe that I can help students prepare for and obtain a balanced academic and social life while abroad, specifically while taking STEM courses or living in a country where English is not the primary language.

Additionally, there are many cultural and linguistic differences between the U.S. and Germany that took some time to overcome, I believe that I can speak well to these differences and how to navigate them while living and studying in another country. I believe that I can provide good insight into the social and academic aspects of being abroad because of my experience. I wish that I had had someone with similar experience to speak with, so I would be honored to serve this role for other CC students. "

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Sam Jamieson '21
they/them/theirs
s_jamieson@coloradocollege.edu 

Major/minor: German Studies (M), Russian and Eurasian Studies (M)
Programs: CC in Lüneburg Program (2 language blocks), CC Exchange at University of Göttingen Semester (Eastern European History Department and a C1 certificate language course)
I could talk with you about: Living with a Host Family, My majors, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"After two language blocks on the CC program in Lüneburg where I lived with a host family, I enrolled directly into a German university for the CC Exchange program with Göttingen.

In the months between the two programs, I worked on an organic farm (WWOOF) in Thurgau, Switzerland, and would be happy to talk to you about my range of different experiences in the German-speaking regions of Europe!" 

  

Willa_Serling

Willa Serling '20
she/her/hers
w_serling@coloradocollege.edu 

Major/minor: Anthropology (M), Global Health (m), Human Biology and Kinesiology (m)
Programs: SIT/IHP Health & Community: Globalization, Culture and Care [Semester in Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina]; CC Block Abroad to Greece.
I could talk with you about: Internship or research project abroad, Living with a Host Family, Local Culture (customs, attire, cultural norms, etiquette), My major or minor, Program Preparation (ideas for packing, gift giving).

"Since I have done both a CC block abroad program (Greece, my sophomore year) as well as a really unique, multi-location/comparative semester abroad program through SIT my junior year, where I traveled to three very different countries in one semester, I can talk with you about the benefits of both types of study abroad programs. We also lived with host families on the semesters abroad, and obviously the languages were not all ones that I had any familiarity with, so I can certainly talk to you also about what that experience was like!"

Last updated: 02/16/2021