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WFU GLOBAL AMBASSADORS

Global Ambassadors are current students who studied abroad on WFU-approved programs. They are student representatives of the Center for Global Programs and Studies, sharing their experience and knowledge of study abroad. They meet with interested students and groups, and act as guides throughout the study abroad preparation process.

CONTACT THE GLOBAL AMBASSADORS

Know that you want to go abroad but not sure where? Want to know what courses are like in other countries? Need travel tips? For answers to these questions, speak to one of our Global Ambassadors. Ambassadors welcome the opportunity to talk to students looking to study abroad. To connect with an Ambassador, please e-mail them directly or set up a time to meet. You can also connect with Global Ambassadors at pre-departure workshops, information sessions and study abroad fairs.

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MEET OUR 2020-2021 GLOBAL ABROAD AMBASSADORS

Addison Collins

Fez, Morocco (WFU Summer)

Salamanca, Spain (WFU Semester)

POL, ARB, SPA, MES

collak17@wfu.edu

I had the privilege to study abroad twice during my time at Wake Forest. The first time was in Fez, Morocco during the summer of 2019. In Morocco, I studied Arabic and lived with a host family. My favorite memory from this time is a weekend trip to the Sahara Desert. Watching the sun set over the dunes was absolutely magical! My second study abroad trip was to Salamanca, Spain, where I also lived with a host family. The WFU Salamanca program is top-notch, and I really enjoyed the Spanish immersion, opportunities for travel, and wonderful professors. Please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email if you have any questions about either of these particular programs, language immersion abroad, living with a host family, or study abroad in general!

Anthony Divincentis

Salamanca, Spain (WFU Semester)

Cuba (WFU Summer)

SPA, PSY

deviar17@wfu.edu

My name is Anthony DeVincentis and I’m a rising senior at Wake! I’m working on majors in Spanish and Psych and I’ve been abroad to Cuba and to Salamanca, Spain. On both programs, I really enjoyed connecting with locals and learning from them about their home and their traditions (and getting their advice about where and what to eat!). I’m also a musician and music-enthusiast so exploring the musical climate in each new area was a huge part of my abroad experiences. Please feel free to shoot me an email with any questions you might have about the study abroad process, including the courses offered in these programs, cultural exchange and art/music opportunities you might be interested in, what it’s like living in these places, concerns about language level, or just questions about how to get started in selecting a program!

Brandi Bangle

Venice, Italy (WFU Casa Artom)

COM, WRI

bangb17@wfu.edu

I had never been to Europe before I went abroad. Studying abroad was always something I had wanted to do though, so I left everything behind and spent my fall semester of my sophomore year in Venice, Italy. I ended up getting to Venice a day later than anticipated because of a flight delay, but the moment we came into the city was absolutely magical. Venice is truly special, as most of your ‘transportation’ on the island itself is walking through winding alleyways—an experience you cannot get almost anywhere else. The chance to live in such a magnificent house on the Grand Canal is one I wouldn’t trade for the world. Waking up to that amazing view and gondoliers singing never gets old. Abroad also gave me the opportunity to visit cities I had always dreamed of seeing, and unexpectedly fall in love with cities while joining others on their trips. I really just loved just experiencing the unique feel of each city (which includes trying the local food). Much of abroad, for me at least, was just embracing the experiences (which includes running through the airport to avoid missing your flight). It’s a beautiful opportunity some of what the world has to offer. If you have any reservations about going abroad (like being too young, not knowing anyone on the program, having never traveled before, the language barrier, etc.), please reach out to me via email! You can never quite predict what it will be like, but you figure it out as you go (which I would be happy to talk about!).

Brianna Denny

Granada, Spain (IES abroad)

PHI, BIO, CHM

dennbh18@wfu.edu

I studied abroad through the IES-Granada program where my most memorable moment was going to the Alhambra for the first time and seeing its beautiful Islamic architecture. While in Granada, I became fascinated with Flamenco dancing and going out to Tapas bars. I would love to answer any questions about my experience in a homestay while abroad, my travels around Spain, the course load, as well as any other questions you may have. Feel free to contact me through email anytime.

Caitlyn Marsac

Vienna, Austria (WFU Flow House)

STA, HES, HPA

marsca18@wfu.edu

Hello prospective study abroad students! My name is Caitlyn Marsac and I am a junior from Canton, Michigan. I studied abroad at the Flow House in Vienna, Austria during the Spring 2020 semester. My most memorable moments from abroad include exploring Vienna with my professors and fellow housemates and trips to Munich, Prague, and Brussels! Studying abroad was my first time traveling outside of the United States, and it was an absolutely unforgettable experience. While I hope that all prospective study abroad students will be comfortable asking me questions they may have, I also want to extend a warm invitation to first-time travelers and first-generation college students to contact me about studying abroad, because I know how these factors can impact the process of making the decision to go abroad. As a pre-med student double majoring in Mathematical Statistics and Health and Exercise Science, I am also interested in talking to students majoring in STEM fields about accommodating the opportunity to study abroad in their class schedules because it is definitely possible! The best way to contact me is either by email (marsca18@wfu.edu). Feel free to reach out to me any time!

Emma Rieves

Otago, New Zealand (IFSA)

PSY, HHS

riever17@wfu.edu

Hi, my name is Emma Rieves and I’m a senior. I studied abroad in the Fall of 2019 with IFSA at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Not only did I learn how to adapt to a new education system and culture abroad, but I ended up learning a lot about myself as well. Going in, I had never lived outside of North Carolina, so this was a huge change! My study abroad experience allowed me to grow as a person and pick up new hobbies such as hiking. If you’re interested in studying abroad in New Zealand, with the IFSA Butler program, or just want to hear what it’s like from a student’s point of view, please reach out – I would love to help!

Fuyuan Zheng

Beijing, China (UIBE)

ANT, HES, MUS

zhenf18@wfu.edu

As an international student from China, I decided to “study-abroad abroad” back at home this summer of 2019. Spending a month in Beijing and studying there at a domestic university, I surprisingly got to see the city that I thought I was familiar with in a totally new perspective. Being both an insider and outsider of this city, not only did I get the chance to explore native Beijing life to the maximum, meeting foreigners and sharing our experiences with each other were also fascinating and eye-opening to me. I loved enjoying a theater play after a day of class, biking around Hutong (Beijing style alleys) when the weather is cool, and visiting museums at weekends to learn more about this country that has thousands years of history. Exploring my home country as an international student was definitely an experience going beyond my expectation, so if you are interested in spending your summer or semester in China or studying abroad in general, feel free to contact me through email and I would love to give advice!

Kiana Pourteymour

Melbourne, Australia (IFSA)

BEM, PSY

pourk17@wfu.edu

Hi! My name is Kiana and I studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia. I loved everything about Australia and got to explore some really great cities. Something I loved about Melbourne was how easy it was to walk everywhere. I loved taking long walks to explore new neighborhoods and try some of Melbourne’s infamous coffee shops or brunch spots. I’d love to answer any of your questions about Melbourne as a city, navigating a program that few other Wake students choose, and anything else about abroad life in general! Feel free to contact me on Instagram message or email (pourk17@wfu.edu)!

Laurain Pearson

Sydney, Australia (IFSA)

PSY

pearfl18@wfu.edu

I am a rising junior from Baltimore, Maryland, majoring in Psychology. In the spring of 2020, I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. I went through an affiliate program called IFSA Butler/University of Sydney. Even though I had to return home early due to COVID-19, studying abroad in Sydney was an enlightening and wonderful experience. My most memorable moment abroad was walking on Bondi Beach during sunrise with one of my friends that I made through the program. I spent a lot of my time in Sydney expanding on hobbies and interests of mine including lots of hiking, going to the beach, and watching live performances of music and poetry. Please feel free to contact me as I loved my experience and want to help others have this experience! Questions regarding my experience with an affiliate program both application-wise and while abroad are especially welcome.

Lily Woodall

Florence, Italy (NYU)

Washington, DC (Wake Washington)

POL, GTCS, SOC

woodl17@wfu.edu

I studied abroad in both Florence, Italy and through Wake Washington during my junior year at Wake Forest. I loved both of my experiences and am so grateful to have completely different abroad memories from the two programs. My experiences were unique in their own way, and I hope students will reach out to me about my time at Wake Washington and the ways the program helped me grow professionally and academically.

Molly Anderson

Copenhagen, Denmark (WFU Global AWAKEnings)

Undeclared

andemg19@wfu.edu

When I decided to spend my full first year of college abroad without previously knowing a single person in my program (or the whole country, for that matter), I was a little apprehensive, to say the least. However, my year abroad was one of the best, most eye-opening experiences of my life. During my year in Copenhagen, I stayed busy with classes as well as volunteering with a refugee center, writing as a student journalist for my host university, and playing lacrosse for the Copenhagen and Danish women’s teams. One of my favorite experiences about my time abroad was participating in a visiting host family program; it was a great way to meet people and further immerse myself in Danish culture, and I still frequently talk with my former host family. Have any questions about choosing the right program, want to talk about how to make the most of your time abroad, or just want to chat about general thoughts/concerns? Feel free to send me an email at: andemg19@wfu.edu.

Nick Briggs

London, England (WFU London INSTEP)

BEM, CHI

brigna18@wfu.edu

Before COVID-19 became a national pandemic, I spent the first half of my spring semester studying abroad in London. The program I participated in was Wake’s London INSTEP program for business school students. As a sophomore, I was able to capitalize on the opportunity of gaining valuable internship experience in the field of consulting. Moreover, developing some lasting friendships with the students in my program has proven to be a positive consequence of my decision to leave the United States for the first time in my life. Please feel free to reach out to me via email (brigna18@wfu.edu) with any inquiries you may have in regard to studying abroad during the spring, as a sophomore, as a part of a business school program, or truthfully, anything else.

Olivia Etherton

Bhutan (SFS)

IND, DCE

etheos17@wfu.edu

My study abroad experience was a leap into the unknown, and it remains the most pivotal and enriching part of my college career. This is something I hope every Wake student gets to discover for themselves. I studied in Bhutan, a small Buddhist country nestled in the Himalayan mountains. I’ve never felt at once as serene, invigorated, and full of awe as the occasions I spent hiking Chelela, a sacred mountain pass above the valley where I lived. Among the things I miss most are steaming momos (very yummy dumplings) from the local Momo Corner, stumbling upon many a monastery on regular high-altitude hikes, and the flying colors and painted masks of the nation’s tsechus (festivals)! My studies, through the School for Field Studies, allowed me to explore both courses and field work based in the scientific, social, and religious dimensions of the environment. I am unimaginably grateful for my time in Bhutan. I found that so much joy and growth can come from seizing upon each little opportunity for adventure. I was opened to new world views from immersion in Bhutanese culture, and for once, I experienced being among the minority. I could go on and on! If you have any questions (anything!), from culture shock or what a field work-based program looks like to culturally respectful behavior or international travel, I’d love to talk. Shoot me an email and we can chat via phone, Zoom, email thread, whatever works for you!

Sai Gondi

Buenos Aires, Argentina (WFU Summer)

BIO, HPA, CHEM

gondsr17@wfu.edu

I remember before going abroad, I had a lot of questions of what it’s like to live somewhere completely new. Honestly, I know it’s a little overwhelming to think about packing your bags and completely immersing yourself in an often unfamiliar culture. I promise you, however, it’ll be the best decision you’ll make during your time at Wake Forest. I remember how friendly the locals were when it came to helping us and allowing us to feel welcomed. some of my fondest memories come from interacting with the locals and experiences a different culture first hand. If you have questions about what’s it’s like being in a home stay, expectations while abroad, and even deciding whether or not to go, feel free to reach me at gondsr17@wfu.edu.

Samuel Ennis

Barcelona, Spain (WFU Semester)

EuroTour (WFU Summer)

BEM, ENT, GTCS

ennisi17@wfu.edu

One of my favorite memories from abroad was going to La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain before the semester started. The entire town participates in a food fight every year and I’ve never seen anything like it. Seeking out as many unique opportunities as possible made studying abroad an incredible experience.

Sarah Sharp

Edinburgh, Scotland (IFSA)

BIO, MUS, CHM, NEU

sharsl17@wfu.edu

My name is Sarah and I studied abroad last Spring in Edinburgh, Scotland. I lived in Edinburgh for six months, going to school and playing in the orchestra for that time. While there, I had the chance to explore much of Europe, with some of my favorite places being Belgium, Austria, and Spain, so I have learned a lot about international travel. If you have any questions about affiliate programs such as the one at the University of Edinburgh, studying and living in Scotland, or general travel questions, email me or find me on campus and I’ll be happy to help however I can!

Sherry Li

Tours, France (WFU Summer)

MST, ECN, FRH

lic218@wfu.edu

I attended the summer program in Tours, France during the summer of 2019 with an amazing group of classmates and professor. Besides French language courses scheduled during the day, a variety of activities and guided tours were included in the program. In 42 days, we learned about more than five castles, visited several historical sites, and experienced multiple cultural activities such as wine-tasting classes. By speaking actively in class and talking frequently with host families, every student saw noticeable growth in his or her language skills. If you are interested in learning the French language and French culture at the same time by efficiently using your summer time, feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about the program!

Sydney Gibson

London, England      (WFU Worrell  House)

POL, WRI

gibssw17@wfu.edu

The moment I got off the plane at Heathrow and into my car, I knew we were not in Kansas anymore Todo. Driving through the streets of London for the first time was unlike anything I had ever seen. Living in London, I was able to dive head first into a culture that values theatre and art and history. I think my favorite memory of London is the first time I took the Tube alone. I hopped on, Tube map at the ready, and navigated myself to Tate Modern. Tate Modern is one of the world’s most renowned modern art museums and as soon as you walk in the doors you understand why. With small children riding their bikes down the Turbine Hall and a ballerina dancing through the industrial halls, it almost feels like stepping into a new world. I remember walking up to the tenth floor, looking out at the South Bank, and I knew this city would be one of my favorite places in the world.

Yeison Martinez

London, England (WFU INSTEP)

POL, BIO

martya17@wfu.edu

I am a rising senior majoring in Politics and International Affairs that got to study politics in London through the INSTEP program. I am a huge soccer fan, so I already knew London would be the perfect city for me. Even though I visited 9 other countries, I managed to have my most memorable and surreal moment in London when I went to eat at GONG, the highest bar in Western Europe. If you have any questions about where to travel to and places to visit in certain cities, and of course anything related to London and the INSTEP program, do not hesitate to reach me through email or my cell.

APPLY TO BE A GLOBAL AMBASSADOR

Are you interested in applying to be a Global Abroad Ambassador?

The application is now open for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 cohort of Global Ambassadors. To apply review the position description and use this form to apply. The deadline to apply is July 1st, 2021 and decisions will be made in early August.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Marter, martera@wfu.edu or Sean McGlynn, mcglynsd@wfu.edu.