Peer Advisors

Study Abroad Peer Advisors
2013-2014

Contact these students to find out more about their study abroad experiences!

Our Peer Advisor Coordinators have been selected to coordinate any volunteers and create programming for our Peer Advisors. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at ga_studyabroadpa@bentley.edu. Our selected PA Coordinators for 2013-2014 are Katelyn Cunniff and Danielle Tringali.

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Bond University, Australia

Shannon Connor, 2015
Email: connor_shan@bentley.edu

Studied at: Bond University, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Corporate Finance and Accounting/ Global Studies

What was your favorite local gem to go to? My favorite local gem to go to was the The Hub. It was in Market Square right next to our form. We would always go here to eat really good food and play various board games. This location is perfect because it is right near the lake that I ran around over the semester and people were so friendly!

 

Taylor Gallagher, 2014
Email: gallagh_tayl@bentley.edu 

Studied at: Bond University, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Accounting, LSM in Global Perspectives

#1 Piece of advice for students studying abroad:Disconnect with technology!  It is so easy to get wifi and still iMessage, Skype and Facebook message all the time but don’t! It will hinder your ability to go out and meet people.  I chose to disconnect as much as possible and I knew others who didn’t and completely regret it now.  These friends, boyfriends, girlfriends and family will still be there when you get back!

Paige Wilde, 2015
Email: wilde_paige@bentley.edu

Studied at: Bond University, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Corporate Finance and Accounting/ Law minor

Why should Bentley students study abroad? Bentley students should all be encouraged to study abroad to increase their communication, navigational, and organizational skills. By being divulged in a culture different to their own, Bentley students are able to learn to adapt to an unfamiliar environment and embrace the cultural differences. While studying abroad students learn to manage their finances in varying currencies and also how to budget their money. All of these skills are skills that can help a student in their everyday life and also help them in the future in the workplace.

RMIT, Australia

Katelyn Cunniff, 2014*
*Peer Advisor Coordinator for 2013-2014
Email: cunniff_kate@bentley.edu

Studied at: RMIT, Fall 2012

Alanah Jones, 2015
Email: jones_alan@bentley.edu

Studied at: RMIT University, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Eco-Fi, Minor in Marketing

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why? My most meaningful experience while abroad was building my friendships with people who I knew from nowhere but all of a sudden became my family. I was lucky enough to have had formed such strong ties with seven people from four different countries, all with different views and cultures. Of course, it was incredibly eye opening to constantly be surrounded by such diversity. But, I wouldn’t have had it any other way because each of these people made a special impact on me and I will do my best to make sure I preserve the bond.

WU Wien, Austria

George Vartanov, 2015
Email: vartano_geor@bentley.edu

Studied at: WU Wien, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Corporate Finance and Accounting, Global Perspectives LSM

What was your favorite local gem to go to? Apart from the university campus where many of the local students and exchange students hung out, my local gem would be a place called Pizzeria Mafiosi. It was located five minutes from my apartment and was a perfect place to get dinner with my friends. My old friends from Bentley and my new ones from Vienna spent around an hour and a half at least once a week here. Located a little outside the city center, this was my local gem that I introduced to many of my friends and I will surely visit when I return for a trip to Vienna.

Vesalius College, Belgium

Jeff Breault, 2014
Email: breault_jeff@bentley.edu

Studied at: Vesalius College, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Marketing, Ethics and Social Responsibility LSM / IDCC

#1 Piece of advice for students studying abroad: Take time to get to know your host city. I was eager to travel as soon as I got to Brussels and spent a lot of my time traveling. As much as I felt like Brussels was my home, I recognized that I hadn't spent a lot of time getting to know more about it. I spent the last three weeks doing everything there is to do in Brussels. I don't regret traveling to so many places, I just wish I had spent more time in Brussels earlier in my stay.

CIEE Sao Paulo, Brazil

Terrance Balkaran, 2015
Email: balkara_terr@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE Sao Paulo, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Science of Sustainability, minor in Economics

What is your #1 piece of advice for students studying abroad? My number one piece of advice is to NOT be afraid to let your experiences shape you. Furthermore, the student studying abroad should not feel as if they cannot make their new country a home. This is the best way to enjoy your experience abroad. You have to be open minded about everything, and try everything. It isn’t worth the travel and the hassle, if you’re not prepared to immerse yourself into the culture, especially if you’re going away to a country where speaking their language is a must. Learning and speaking the language is key to unlocking a greater understanding of the culture at hand, and without understanding the culture and language of a nation, you will feel as if you have lost a key aspect of studying abroad.

Lucas DeBarros, 2014
Email: debarro_luca@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE Sao Paulo, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing/Management

What was your favorite local gem to go to ? There was a little bar outside of our school called “Nos Terra.” It translated to “our land.” The waiters and owner we friendly and always treated us amazingly. We always had a good time and it offered a wonderful way to distress after an exam, test, quiz, or class. It is somewhere where I made plenty of memories and somewhere I will never forget.

Paul Garrido, 2015
Email: garrido_paul@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE Sao Paulo, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: CIS Major

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why? One of my most meaningful experiences abroad was volunteering to teach students from the periphery of Sao Paulo, in the favelas. I was able to understand firsthand what life in these poverty-stricken areas was like and it was unbelievably eye-opening. Many, if not all, had less than what would be considered a necessary for living, nevertheless, these children were ecstatic by this brief amount of time we spent helping and talking with them. This made me realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be a student at Bentley and be able to participate in that study abroad program. Despite it was me helping them, I think what that experience did for me in return was much greater; it facilitated my decision for what to pursue as a career, managing non-profit organizations.

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Chelsea Lines, 2014
Email: lines_chel@bentley.edu

Studied at: CBS, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Marketing, LSM Media Arts & Society

#1 Piece of advice for students studying abroad: Attend all the events your abroad program sets up for you! They are a great way to meet other exchange students and to put yourself out there.

Kristen Sloan, 2014
Email: sloan_kris@bentley.edu

Studied at: CBS, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Accountancy/Math

What do you wish you had done differently? I wish I had traveled more extensively within my host country! I traveled throughout Europe (visiting nine other countries) but I would have liked to see more of Denmark, particularly the western coast. 

The American College of Thessaloniki, Greece

Gillian Paradis, 2014
Email: paradis_gill@bentley.edu

Studied at: American College of Thessaloniki, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing, LSM in Health and Industry

What was your favorite local gem to go to ? My favorite place in Thessaloniki was the boardwalk. It was only a five minute walk from the apartment building where I was living. I loved going running there and taking walks at night with my friends. The sunsets there were amazing and when I think about Thessaloniki now, I think about the boardwalk.

IES Milan, Italy

Taylor Gardner, 2014
Email: gardner_tayl@bentley.edu

Studied at: IES Milan, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Finance/Global Studies

What was your most memorable experience abroad? The most memorable experience abroad was being able to learn about the Italian culture and experience first-hand the lifestyle of the people in Milan. I loved going to outdoor street markets and interacting with the Milanese people, seeing the fresh food, and speaking the language.

Nick Peras, 2014
Email: peras_nich@bentley.edu

Studied at: IES in Milan, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Economics and Finance, LSM in Global Perspectives

What was your favorite local gem to go to? The kebab place down the street. By the end of the semester they would cheer every time I entered the restaurant and all greet me with a smile.

John Cabot University, Italy

Sara Eldemery, 2014
Email: eldemer_sara@bentley.edu

Studied at: John Cabot University, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Management/ Psychology

What was your most memorable experience abroad? My first day there, me and some other study abroad students went exploring and climbed a huge hill that ended up having an amazingly beautiful overhead view of the whole city of Rome. Standing there and realizing that this got to be our home for four months was mesmerizing.

Krista Hakala, 2014
Email: hakala_kris@bentley.edu

Studied at: John Cabot University, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing, LSM Global Perspectives

What do you wish you had done differently? I wish I had spent more time with my peers that were local outside of the classroom, so that they could show me the best places in town. Getting to know your home city is great, but finding someone your own age that will challenge you to not only speak the language, but also show you’re their favorite spots is something worthwhile. That way, you can see what people your own age are doing in that country and see what they find exciting

Ashley Henderson, 2015
Email: henders_ashl@bentley.edu

Studied at: John Cabot University, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Finance, Law minor

What was your favorite local gem to go to? My favorite local gem to go to was Café Settimiano.  Every morning and afternoon I would go in and get a cappuccino or espresso before class.  The café was small but the people that worked there were so friendly and helpful.  The best part was their coffee and foods were homemade, delicious and very inexpensive.

Lorenzo de'Medici, Italy

Catie Bello, 2015
Email: bello_cath@bentley.edu

Studied at: Lorenzo de'Medici, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Accounting/Global Perspectives, CIS minor

What was your favorite local gem to go to? My favorite local gem is Trattoria Palle d’oro. I frequently visited the front part of this restaurant where they made sandwiches or Panini for lunch. They had an assortment of fresh Italian meats and cheeses and the guy behind the counter would make whatever you wanted for only 3 euro. The best part about it was that it was always flooded with locals. All of the employees only spoke in Italian, but they weren’t rude to me because I was not Italian. I loved this because at most places they would speak English to you even if you were trying to speak to them in Italian. I loved Palle d’oro because I would feel a little bit like a local every time I went.

Alli Celli, 2014
Email: celli_alic@bentley.edu

Studied at: Lorenzo de'Medici, Fall 2012

#1 Piece of Advice: Take advantage of the country you are in, embrace the language and the culture, and enjoy every minute!

Melanie Fabiano, 2014
Email: fabiano_mela@bentley.edu

Studied at: Lorenzo de'Medici, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Marketing/Non Profit Organizations

What do you wish you had done differently? I wish I had been more confident speaking Italian.

London School of Economics, England

Chanel Batiste, 2014
Email: basiste_chan@bentley.edu

Major/Minor: Managerial Economics

Studied at: London School of Economics, Summer 2012

What was your favorite local gem to go to? I stayed in Rosebury Hall where there was a little restaurant called "Little Bay." It was family owned and they had delicious French food. Thankfully, the Olympics were going on (I'm also pictured with the gold medalist of the decathlon, Ashton Eaton!), so everything was half priced on the menu. Also, Primark on Bond street is the best clothing store I have ever been to!

Kunaal Lachmandas, 2014
Email: lachman_kuna@bentley.edu

Studied at: London School of Economics, 2012-2013

Major/Minor: Economics and Finance

#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad: My #1 piece of advice is to not compare your study abroad experience with your Bentley experience. At first, I was always comparing LSE to Bentley and getting frustrated at some of LSE's policies. However, I soon realized that being in a different country, things were bound to be different. I knew that leaving LSE was not a viable option and that I had to make the best of my experience. Once I stopped making comparisons, I found myself more content with LSE and I began to truly enjoy my study abroad experience. 

Chris Orihuela (see Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Royal Holloway University of London, England

Kathlene-Nikki Caprial, 2015
Email: caprial_kath@bentley.edu

Studied at: RHUL, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Finance/ Computer Information Systems

What do you wish you had done differently? Personally, I wish that I had gone out more with my friends that actually would go to University all three years. I found myself staying in more often because I was too tired or had work to do. But at the end of my time there, I felt like I did not go out enough with them to truly make a strong bond. I did have nights in with my flat mates and friends that I made, but I feel I somewhat missed out on a different side of London.

Lindsay Veilleux, 2015
Email: veilleu_lind@bentley.edu

Studied at: RHUL, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Eco-Fi, LSM in Health and Industry

What was your favorite local gem to go to?

There was a pub across the street from campus, called the Monkey’s Forehead, where all the students would go on Monday nights. I loved going because it was where I bonded with some of my classmates outside of the classroom and was a great way to meet other students, both international ones and ones from other areas of Great Britain. It definitely made me feel more like a member of campus life and was a nice tradition for all of us to look forward to at the start of each week.

University of Mannheim, Germany

Lauren Murphy, 2014
Email: murph1_laur@bentley.edu

Studied at: University of Mannheim, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Information Design & Corporate Communication/Marketing, Global Studies

#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad: Keep track of your adventures with a blog!  It wasn’t always easy to stay on top of updating my blog while abroad but I’m so glad I have a record of my adventures and memories.  Remembering everything you do and see isn’t as easy as it sounds.  It’s also really useful for keeping your friends and family updated without having to tell the same stories over and over!

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Aashna Aggarwal, 2015
Email: aggarwa_aash@bentley.edu

Studied at: University of Hong Kong, Fall 2013

Major: Information Design & Corporate Communication

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why? My most meaningful experience came from a class called ‘Principles of Entrepreneurship’. We had to come up with a new venture that realistically could be started by a group of college students. My group and I created a food logistics company that would offer late night delivery of food to students. Having all come from universities where such services are available, the 5 of us were surprised over the lack of such a service in Hong Kong.  The class had the amazing opportunity to pitch these ideas to a Chinese Venture Capitalist. She seemed very interested in the idea, and we were proud to be the group that she admitted she would most likely invest it.

Corvinus University, Hungary

Radhika Bansil, 2015
Email: bansil_radh@bentley.edu

Studied at: Corvinus University, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Eco-Fi/ Information Design and Corporate Communications

Why should Bentley students study abroad? Studying abroad is a culturally enriching experience for any student. It provides insight into the lifestyles of different people across the world and broadens the horizons of even the most traveled students. Business students especially benefit from such an experience as we are members of an increasingly global corporate environment. The cultural experience coupled with the unparalleled opportunity for personal growth makes studying abroad a must for Bentley students.

Semester At Sea

Michelle Cucchi, 2015
Email: cucchi_mich@bentley.edu

Studied at: Semester at Sea, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing, Health & Industry LSM, Psychology Minor

What do you wish you had done differently? One thing I wish I had done differently would be attending the nightly seminars on the ship. I didn’t start going to them until the middle of the trip and I wish I had gone every night. They were extremely interesting, helpful and educational. My experience was enhanced by going to them, and I regret not going to each of them since the beginning. 

Allei Holway, 2015
Email: holway_alle@bentley.edu

Studied at: Semester at Sea, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing, Global Perspectives LSM, minor in Management

What is your #1 piece of advice for students studying abroad? The most important piece of advice I could give a student going abroad, whether on Semester at Sea, or any other program, is to not waste a single second of your time. You are only there for 4 months, and in those 4 months, you have the opportunity to make memories that will last you a lifetime. Meet those locals and make long lasting relationships with them, even if it is awkward at first. 

Kathryn Medeiros, 2014
Email: madeiro_kath@bentley.edu
Studied at: Semester at Sea, Spring 2013
Major/Minor: Managerial Economics with concentration in Management, LSM EEGS
What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why? Throughout the journey, we were to document the economic observations of each country we visited.  Naturally, like any college student, I waited until the week before it was due to start.  However, my procrastination allowed me to really take in each country we had visited into a comparative analysis which allowed me to see an overview of my entire trip.  Moments like talking to a manufacturer in Japan, a poor salesman in Burma who only made $40 a month for his family of six, and the elementary Indian boy who stole my lunch from my hands, I saw the value of my whole trip.

University College Dublin, Ireland

Claire Corbitt, 2015
Email: corbitt_mary@bentley.edu

Studied at: UCD, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Information Design and Corporate Communication, concentration in PR

What is your #1 piece of advice for students studying abroad?

My number one piece of advice for students studying abroad is to go in with no stereotypes. Anything you have heard or read may be completely different from in actuality. The best way to learn about a culture is to find out for yourself, rather than prejudging based on something your friend’s aunts cousin once said. Dropping these connotations attached to societies will allow you to learn so much more about the culture and people around you, and in turn learn much more about yourself and the person you’re becoming.

Sarah Plis, 2015
Email: plis_sara@bentley.edu

Studied at: UCD, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Accounting, minor in Law and Psychology

What is your favorite local gem to go to? St. Stephen’s Green.  It’s a beautiful park in the city center and a really great place to walk through and have lunch outside on a nicer day.  There are also small festivities held there occasionally which provide a great insight into the Irish culture.  It is also located right by Grafton Street which has a lot of great stores and traditional Irish pubs.

Kaila Reed, 2014
Email: Reed_kail@bentley.edu

Studied at: UCD, Fall 2012

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Kelly Gaudette, 2014
Email: gaudett_kell@bentley.edu

Studied at: University of Glasgow, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Management, LSM Global Perspectives

#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad: Don’t be afraid to do things on your own! You might be comfortable with a large group of friends at Bentley, but there’s a chance you will not have a set group of friends immediately when you arrive at your new school. If there is something you want to see/visit in your host city, don’t be afraid to do it yourself. It’s obviously top priority to stay safe when traveling, but if you’re in a safe area and are comfortable doing something you should go for it! Don’t be held back because others aren’t interested in doing exactly what you want. 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Lindsay Beauregard, 2014
Email: beaureg_lind@bentley.edu

Studied at: Nanyang Technological University, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: IDCC and Global Perspectives LSM.

#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad: Go with the flow. You have to be easy going and willing to try new things! If you are too rigid or concrete with your plans you will miss out on some amazing experiences.

Lily Mangkhalakhili, 2015
Email: mangkha_lily@bentley.edu

Studied at: Nanyang Technological University, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing, Media Arts & Society LSM

What do you wish you done differently? I think I should have tried to develop deeper friendships and relationships with local students and faculty. I think I took the easy way out by spending the majority of my time with other exchange students. It’s nice to connect with people in the same situation as you, but I should have left that comfort zone to spend more time with local people to get more of a holistic understanding of the country and its people.

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Xavier Acevedo, 2014
Email: acevedo_xavi@bentley.edu

Studied at: University of Cape Town, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Economics-Finance/History

What was your favorite local gem to go to? One of my favorite places to go to eat was Cocoa- Chachi. This place has some of the best breakfast ever. The hot chocolate (not a coffee person) there was the best I’ve ever had. They also have really good burgers and chips (fries). I would eat both breakfast and lunch here often.

API in Barcelona, Spain

Kyle Grady, 2015
Email: grady_kyle@bentley.edu

Studied at: API in Barcelona, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Accounting and LSM in Global Perspectives

What was your favorite local gem to go to? My favorite place to eat in the entire world is called Champagneria. You cannot find this dive bar on google maps, but rather walking the streets of Barcelona. This place is known for the awesome Champagne Barcelona, as well as the bocadillos that fill you up. Its awesome food and an awesome environment.

Peter Koopman, 2015
Email: koopman_pete@bentley.edu

Studied at: API in Barcelona, Fall 2013

Major: Corporate Finance and Accounting

What do you wish you would have done differently? As much as I loved my time abroad and really wouldn’t change it, I would say that I wish I did a homestay. I lived in an apartment and it was great but if I could do it again I would try the homestay because students seemed to be more submerged in the culture and pick up the language faster.

CIEE in Sevilla, Spain

Gabrielle Katz, 2015
Email: katz_gabr@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE in Sevilla, International Business and Culture Program, Fall 2013

Major: Marketing

What is your #1 piece of advice for students studying abroad? My number one piece of advice for students studying abroad would be to keep a journal. Writing in a journal is a great way to record this amazing experience because it helps sort through feelings associated with culture shock, serves as a vestige that you will always have to look back on and reminisce, and is a great travel companion during long bus rides. Whether you write in it once a day, once a week, or once a month, you will not regret it!

Isaac Potvin, 2014
Email: potvin_issa@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE in Sevilla, Fall 2012

Major: Management

What was your favorite local gem to go to? Plaza de Espana!

Natasha Sankalia, 2015
Email: sankali_nata@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE in Sevilla- Liberal Arts Program, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Corporate Finance and Accounting, Spanish Minor

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why? One of the reasons I had such a positive study abroad experience was due to the loving host family I lived with. Although my host mom did not speak one word of English (proving to be frustrating at times when I struggled to find my words in Spanish), she was patient, kind, and treated me like her own daughter. I know that my time abroad would not have been the same without his homestay experience, from the casual dinner conversations to being chased around the apartment by my host mom's grandchildren. I coul dnot have asked for a better family to learn and grow with during my time abroad.

Brandi Segala, 2015
Email: segala_bran@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE in Sevilla, Business and Society, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Information Systems Audit and Control, Minor in Spanish

What do you wish you had done differently? I wish I had Spanish friends earlier in the process. It was a goal of mine from the beginning and I did make four really good friends, but I wish I had more time with them at the level of friendship we ended with. I was a little nervous at first and wasn't presented with many opportunities, but I settled with that. I wish I had searched and pushed a little harder to achieve that goal so our friendships could have been stronger and that I could have experienced more with those girls.

Danielle Tringali, 2014*
*Peer Advisor Coordinator for 2013-2014
Email: tringal_dani@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE in Sevilla, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Managerial Economics with a Concentration in Law; Minor in Finance

What was your most memorable experience abroad? Interacting with and becoming friends with the locals.

ESADE, Spain

Yunas Reguero, 2014
Email: Reguero_yuna@bentley.edu

Studied at: ESADE, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Economics and Finance, LSM in Global Perspectives

What was your most memorable experience abroad? Having the opportunity of studying different pieces of art from major artists and being able to see them in real life.

Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain

Olivia Graham, 2014
Email: graham_oliv@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Fall 2012

Major/Minor: Economics (Concentration in International Business)/ Finance

#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad: My biggest piece of advice is to stay in your city, to get to know everything about it and to love it.  I had so many friends that traveled every weekend but never got the feel for their city and home base.  While studying in Europe is great because of the close proximity to many famous cities, spending time in your city will give you a great feel for your new home and it will give you the opportunity to meet locals and connect with the culture. 

Molly Pickard, 2015
Email: pickard_moll@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Fall 2013

Major/Minor: Accounting and LSM in Earth, Environment and Global Sustainability

What was your favorite local gem to go to? My favorite local place to visit was the Rastro Market. In Madrid, the market was held every Sunday. It was a huge market that takes about 2 hours to walk through, and sells everything imaginable. It was so much fun to wake up on Sundays and walk through with friends to see all the vendors and booths.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Ben Dunsmore, 2014
Email: dunsmor_benj@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Fall 2012

Chris Orihuela, 2014
Email: orihuel_chri@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Fall 2012 and London School of Economics, Summer 2012

Major/Minor: Economics-Finance

What do you wish you had done differently? I wish I had acted like I did not already know it all before leaving abroad. I would have asked a lot more questions before I left. When I got to both my programs there were many little things which I had to figure out on my own because I hadn’t bothered to ask those questions prior to my departure. Another major thing I wish I had done differently is that Bentley has such a large number of exchange students from programs like UPF in Barcelona, and I wished I would have reached out to them prior to leaving. It pays off to know locals where you are studying abroad because they can really make your experience.

Nathan Marchand, 2014
Email: marchan_nath@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spring 2013

Major/Minor: Spanish and Business Studies

What was your favorite local gem to go to? Parc Guell overlooks the city of Barcelona and has breathtaking panoramic views of the city. While Gaudi’s famous park is visited by many every day, most people don’t have the energy or knowledge to keep climbing to the very top. After winding up the narrow, steep path to the peak, you are greeted with 360 degrees of unobstructed views of Barcelona, the Mediterranean and the surrounding cities and towns. Often times I would be the only one, on top of the city, overlooking the bustling metropolis of nearly 2 million. I would sit there for hours soaking it all in.

Leo Kontoes, 2014
Email: kontoes_leo@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Major/Minor: Economics and Finance

#1 Piece of advice for students studying abroad: Never say no. There are going to be a lot of situations that are intimidating, or downright crazy. But the thrill you will get from doing them is worth it.