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STUDY ABROAD PEER ADVISORS
2017-2018

The Study Abroad Peer Advisor team (SAPA) consists of MSU study abroad alumni from a variety of countries and educational backgrounds. They volunteer their time because they want to share their passion and knowledge of study abroad with our campus community. The Peer Advisors can answer questions you have about studying abroad, whether it's about academics, travel, living abroad or being immersed in another culture.

Go ahead and contact one of them - they're waiting to talk to you!
 
Current Study Abroad Peer Advisors
Rachel Belsky" I don't question myself as much as I did before I studied abroad. I find myself trying new things without hesitation, and much of that can be attested to my study abroad experience."

Rachel Belsky
Studied in: Florence, Italy and Graz, Austria
Program: Faculty Led - Montclair in Florence (Summer 2016) and Faculty Led - Montclair in Graz (Spring 2017)
Host School: ISI and University of Graz
Major: English
Minor: Film
Email: balskyr1@montclair.edu
 
 
 
 
Ralph Olacio"The way I view the world has completely changed for the better."

Ralph Olacio
Studied in: San Jose, Costa Rica
Program: CEA San Jose, Costa Rica - Environmental Studies (Spring 2015)
Host Schools: Veritas Universidad
Major: Biology - concentration in Environmental Science
Minor: Environmental Justice
Email: olacior1@montclair.edu


 

"The final and most important thing I learned was that one person has the power to make a great impact on the world."
Melanie Williams
Melanie Williams

Studied in: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Program: ISA Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies & Sport Science (Spring 2015)
Host School: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Major: Mathematics
Minor: International Studies
Email: williamsm28@montclair.edu
 



 


"Studying abroad has helped push my decision to move to Sevilla after graduation and teach English. I got accepted to intern at a middle school during my time abroad and it has changed my life."
Janine Juzdan
Janine Juzdan
Studied in: Sevilla, Spain
Program: ISA Sevilla, Spain: International Studies, Business & Spanish Language - Academic Year/Semester (Fall 2016)
Host School: Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo
Major: English Education
Email: juzdanj1@montclair.edu


Study Abroad Peer Advisor Coordinator!

 

 

Enrique Amigon"I have found a country that truly makes me feel at home."

Enrique Amigon
Studied in: Beppu, Japan
Program: ISA Beppu, Japan: International Management, Business & Economics (Spring 2015)
Host School:  Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Major: Linguistics
Email: amigone1@montclair.edu


ISA Global Ambassador!
 


"I've created such great friendships with the people here. From Prague to Portugal."
Thao NguyenThao Nguyen
Studied in: Prague, Czech Republic
Program: Central and Eastern European Studies Program (CESP) - (Fall 2015)
Host School: University of Economics
Major: Undeclared
Email: nguyent18@montclair.edu
 



 

"I truly have no shame in anywhere in the world I go. I'm always myself no matter what."Michael Edwards


Michael Edwards
Studied in: Bournemouth, United Kingdom 
Program: Bournemouth University: Communication and Media - Semester Exchange (Fall 2015)
Host School: Bournemouth University
Major: Film
Email: edwardsm10@montclair.edu




 

Joseph Scarpa
"I learned to be confident above all. Being able to experience the culture first hand and learn the language with true speakers allowed me to increase my skill set and my confidence."


Joseph Scarpa
Studied in: Florence, Italy
Program: Montclair in Florence (Summer 2016)
Host School: International Studies Institute at Bargagli/Rucellai
Major: Family and Child Studies conc. School Setting
Minor: Italian and International Studies
Email: scarpaj2@montclair.edu


 

"This is the first time I've truly lived on my own and doing so showed me how to properly manage my time and money, which will help me a lot in the future.”
 
Amanda Kaminsky
Amanda Kaminsky
Studied in: Bournemouth, England
Program: Bournemouth University: Communication and Media - Semester Exchange (Fall 2016)
Host School: Bournemouth University
Major: Television Production
Minor: Film and Business
Email: tierneys2@montclair.edu


 


 Sam Tierney
"Studying abroad has impacted my plans for the future. I did an internship that helped me realize that I want to work in the music industry.”
 
Samantha Tierney
Studied in: London, England
Program: CEA Internship in London, England: University of Westminster (Spring 2016)
Host School: University of Westminster
Major: Communication Studies conc. Public Relations
Minor: Business
Email: Tierneys2@montclair.edu
 

CEA Alumni Ambassador!
 

 


"While being abroad, I realized how much of an impact money and business has in the rest of the world. I realized I want to work in Women's rights, and making a difference internationally.”

Sasha Sierra

 
Sasha Sierra
Studied in: 12 Different Countries!
Program: Affiliated - Semester at Sea (Fall 2016)
Host School: Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE)
Major: Justice Studies conc. International Studies
Minor: Political Science
Email: sierras3@montclair.edu
 
 





 

 
"Studying abroad has impacted my life because it has broadened my horizons and Katie Annshowed me that there is so much more to life outside your comfort zone."
 
Katie Ann Insinga
Studied in: Rome, Italy
Program: CEA Rome, Italy - Politics, Economics & Business (Fall 2016)
Host School: CEA Rome Center
Major: Economics
Email: insingak1@montclair.edu


CEA Alumni Ambassador!
 




 


"Before going on this trip I have never been outside of the country and was extremely undeclared in what I wanted to study. Now I am studying communications and public health and have future plans in finding a career educating and advertising current health issues globally."
 

Brianna Rivera
Brianna Rivera
Studied in: 12 Different Countries!
Program: Affiliated - Semester at Sea (Fall 2016)
Host School: Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE)
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Public Health
Email: briannarivera0127@gmail.com
 
 
 


"I wish I knew that I would actually want to extend my trip for a year!"
 
Tiffany ElchoueiriTiffany Elchoueiri
Studied in: London, England
Program: ISA London: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines at University of Westminster - Semester/Academic Year (Fall 2015)
Host School: University of Westminster
Major: Psychology
Email: elchoueirit1@montclair.edu



                                                                   Study Abroad Student Assistant!


 
"Studying abroad opened so many doors for me already. I made so many connections and I feel as if though I’m not “just another college student” to employers, but a self sufficient, culturally experienced, and adaptable asset to building a team.
Megan Valente


Megan Valente
Studied in: Bournemouth, United Kingdom 
Program: Bournemouth University: Communication and Media - Semester Exchange (Spring 2016)
Host School: Bournemouth University
Major: Organizational Communication
Email: valentem4@montclair.edu


 
 

"I feel more open to other cultures and always try to take things in on a bigger scale."
Elaina Hanes
Elaina Hanes
Studied in: Rome, Italy
Program: ISA Rome, Italy: Business, International Relations & Liberal Arts (Summer 2016)
Host School: American University of Rome
Major: Art History
Email: elaina.hanes@gmail.com
 

 

 Study Abroad Peer Advisors
ALUMNI

"Making friends with Erasmus students gives you the opportunity to have colleagues in different countries. When you travel to those countries in the future you may have someone to host you, which is a great advantage.”
 
Michelle MartinezMichelle Martinez
Studied in: Bournemouth, England
Program: Bournemouth University: Communication and Media - Semester Exchange (Fall 2015)
Host School: Bournemouth University
Major: Filmmaking
Email: michellemartinez1510@gmail.com


ALUMNI





 

"Studying abroad has given me not only the opportunity but also the courage to explore every inch of what's around me."
 
Lucille TangLucille Tang
Studied in: Bournemouth, United Kingdom and Beijing, China
Programs: Exchange - Bournemouth University (Spring 2015)
Faculty Led - US-China Student Summit (Summer 2014)
Host Schools: Bournemouth University and Peking University/Worldstrides
Major: Nutrition conc. Dietetics
Email: LucilleYTang@gmail.com


Recipient of Gilman Scholarship!

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 "I was exposed to new ideas and motivations. I want to share my experiences with other people and hopefully encourage those who have expressed and interest in studying abroad to seize the opportunity."Awije Bahrami

Awije Bahrami
Studied in: Athens, Greece and Graz, Austria
Program: Faculty Led - Montclair in Athens (Spring 2015)
Exchange - Graz University International Summer School (Summer 2015)
Exchange - Karl-Franzens University/University of Graz (Spring 2016)
Host School: NA and University of Graz
Major: German and Classics
Email: awije95@gmail.com


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 "I have gained better Spanish conversation speaking skills as well as learned the different Spaniard dialect of Spanish. This opportunity has pushed me into taking the leap.”
Emily Perez
Emily Perez
Studied in: Madrid, Spain
Program: Faculty Led – Montclair in Madrid (Summer 2016)
Host School:  Nebrija University
Major: Linguistics
Minor: Spanish and Certificate in Child Advocacy and Policies
Email: emilyleperez@gmail.com

ALUMNI
 

 "Studying abroad has opened my eyes to several opportunities I did not notice before. Because of traveling to England, I have become more motivated to pursue my goals in the nutrition field." 


Jennifer MocekJennifer Mocek

Studied in: Bournemouth, England
Program: Exchange - Bournemouth University (Spring 2015)
Host School: Bournemouth University
Major: Nutrition conc. Food Science
Email: mocekjennifer01@gmail.com


ALUMNI 
 
 


Amalia Chasmar
"My plans for the future prior to studying abroad were limited. But now that I have had this experience, I am able to see how big the world really is and how many opportunities are out there for me."

Amalia Chasmar
Studied in: Rome, Italy
Program: CEA Rome, Italy - John Cabot University (Fall 2015)
Host School: John Cabot University
Major: Communication and Media
Minor: Sociology
Email: mollychasmar@gmail.com


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"Studying abroad has helped me come out of my comfort zone.
I am able to fend for myself and work with new people."


Nancy Josephnancy joseph2
Program: ISA Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies & Sport Science (Fall 2015)
Host School: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Major: Biology

Email: josephn6@montclair.edu


ISA Global Ambassador!

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"Never in my life have I experienced something so special, so worthwhile. Integrating yourself in different cultures is essential, and I would love to continue my education abroad."

Amy CochranAmy Cochran
Studied in: London, England
Program: ISA London: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines (Spring 2016)
Host School: University of Westminster
Major: Nutrition conc. Dietetics
Minor: Public Health
Email: Cochrana1@montclair.edu


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 "Studying abroad was one of the greatest investments I ever made."Michelle Theodore


Michelle Theodore
Studied in: 12 Different Countries!
Program: Affiliated - Semester at Sea (Fall 2016)
Host School: Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE)
Majors: Marketing
Email: Michellehtheodore@gmail.com

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