Study Abroad Peer Advisors
Contact these students to find out more about their study abroad experiences!
Our Peer Advisor Coordinator has been selected to coordinate any volunteers and create programming for our Peer Advisors. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them. Our selected PA Coordinator for 2017-2018 is Nicole Konikow.
|China||Alliance in Shanghai|
|Morocco||Al Akhawayn University|
Alex Hughes, 2018
Studied at: IES in Buenos Aires, Spring 2016
Major/Minor: Marketing/Global Management
What was a typical day like for you in your host city? The best thing about studying abroad is that there WASN’T a typical day. Every day was unique, with its own challenges and experiences. I spent a lot of my days in the classroom and in my host family’s home, but I spent many days walking the streets and parks of the city as well.
Bond University, Australia
Nolen Dube, 2018
Studied at: Bond University, Fall 2016
Major/Minor: IDCC/ CIS
Why should Bentley students study abroad? Studying abroad allows students to gain a new perspective by living outside of a comfort zone. I strongly believe that you gain appreciation for something by being removed from it, and maybe students can see living in America or attending Bentley from a new angle. I also think that studying abroad gives students a higher level of personal responsibility. Personally, my hometown is close to Bentley, so I never had to learn to adjust to a new city when I moved to college. Studying abroad gives students the responsibility of researching and adapting to new surroundings, both geographically and culturally. Back to Top
Nicole Konikow, 2018
Studied at: RMIT, Spring 2016
Major/Minor: Managerial Economics/Law
Why should Bentley students study abroad? Bentley students pride themselves on being competent, well-rounded individuals. Where some students are at a disadvantage, however, is that they lack cultural exposure. Studying abroad affords students with a cultural awareness that changes how one views the world. In addition, being in a foreign place where time differences prevent you from calling a parent for advice or guidance, forces exchange students to support themselves in a different way than ever before. Overall, studying abroad is an empowering experience that is both thrilling and eye opening. Anyone who chooses to study abroad will get extraordinary memories that will last forever.
Alliance in Shanghai, China
Christopher Kondracki, 2018
Studied at: Alliance in Shanghai, Fall 2016
Major: Management and LSM in Global Perspectives
#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad: My one piece of advice for students is to never think they are superior to anyone while studying abroad. I saw this as a common theme amongst my friends especially in China and thinking we had "foreign privilege". The one thing that I would stress is to not try to think your superior because your from America, but rather try to understand the people's culture first and where they are coming from. This especially important if you do not understand why people do things differently in another country.
Kristin Salazar, 2018
Studied at: NEOMA, Fall 2016
Major/Minor: Finance/ France and Marketing
What was a typical day in the life while studying abroad? A typical day in Rouen began with a croissant! After a run along the Seine river (which runs through Paris and right by my apartment building), I normally took a bus to campus where I had classes with French and exchange students. If the weather was nice, everyone was outside – just like at the Bentley Greenspace. After classes, some wander the cobblestone streets and shops of Rouen. Some weeks, French students would open their apartments to exchange students for dinner parties organized by the school. If it was a Sunday, my friends and I were always at Rouen Bowling – only 3€ for a game!
Lorenzo de'Medici, Italy
Joe Chiarelli, 2018
Studied at: LDM, Fall 2016
Major/Minor: Accountancy/ Non-Profit Organizations
What was one of your most meaningful experiences? My most meaningful experiences came in the way of volunteering. I volunteered weekly at two different organizations, one of which was a food and clothing distribution center for those in need while the other was a private Italian elementary school where I helped students learn English. At the distribution center, I worked alongside three elderly Italian women who didn’t speak a single word of English. However, using the limited Italian I knew and basic gestures, I was able to work alongside them effectively. They were extremely kind and supportive and I looked forward to seeing them each week. Aside from the women I worked with, I was able to speak with the individuals who came in to receive food and clothing, and hearing their stories and learning about their backgrounds had an immense impact on my outlook on Italian life and culture. I cannot describe just how much I looked forward to attending both volunteer sites, as the individuals I met and the experiences I encountered made my trip to Italy seem meaningful.
Mary Ponziani, 2018
Studied at: LDM, Fall 2016
What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why? My most meaningful experience was having my parents come visit me in Florence. I had gone the longest without seeing them in my entire life, and having the opportunity to show them around my new home and let them into this new life I had created for myself was something special. My parents helped provided yme with my experience. My parents told me there was no greater thank you than seeing me thrive in Italy, my homeland, and taking advantage of every day. Showing them around Florence made me realize how much I had grown to know the narrow streets and beautiful squares, and it was the best feeling knowing I could call Florence my city.
Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Fiona Smith, 2018
Studied at: AUI, Summer 2016
What was a typical day like while studying abroad? Every day we had class from 8am to 1pm with a much needed half an hour coffee break in the middle. It was quite intense so we would relax most of the rest of the day as well as do homework. Popular hang out spots would be the cafe on campus or we would walk into town for ice cream or dinner. We mainly hung out with the other students in our program. During Ramadan, we would usually eat dinner much later when the fast was broken and most Moroccans tended to stay up late into the night to eat. Weekends would be filled with trips to explore the country.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain
Abby Eisner, 2018
Studied at: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Fall 2016
What was your favorite local gem to go to? My favorite local gem was a flea market that was much less well known than the famous El Rastro flea market. This was the railroad museum flea market and it was only once a month. It was filled with just locals and tehre were so many great little knick knacks and delicious food to eat. I loved going to it by myself and just walking the aisles and talking to people. Back to Top