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 2014-2015 are Alanah Jones and Radhika Bansil.

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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!

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

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

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.

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

The American College of Thessaloniki, Greece

IES Milan, Italy

John Cabot University, Italy

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.

London School of Economics, England

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

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. 

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.

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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

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!

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.

ESADE, Spain

Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain

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