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Study Abroad Peer Advisors
2017-2018

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

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Country

Program

ArgentinaIES Argentina
Australia

Bond University

RMIT

Austria

WU-Wien Vienna University of Economics and Business

ChinaAlliance in Shanghai
EnglandLondon School of Economics
FranceNEOMA
Hong KongUniversity of Hong Kong
ItalyLorenzo de'Medici
MoroccoAl Akhawayn University
Spain

API Barcelona

CIEE Seville

Universidad de Navarra

Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Washington D.C.The Washington Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IES Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alex Hughes, 2018

Email: hughes_alex@bentley.edu

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.

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IES Buenos Aires, Argentina

Julia Condon, 2018

Email: condon_juli@bentley.edu

Studied at: IES in Buenos Aires, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Global Studies and Busines Studies

What do you wish you had done differently?

I wish I had taken more responsibility in immersing myself in the language before coming to Argentina.  Communicating with Argentines and forming meaningful connections was very difficult at first.  I put in a lot of effort to overcome this barrier by taking the initiative to go to events, taking advantage of a language partner pairing program, and speaking Spanish whenever I had the chance.  I am now much more confident in my Spanish speaking ability - I just wish I had started practicing sooner! Back to Top

Bond University, Australia

Nolen Dube, 2018

Email: dube_nole@bentley.edu

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 

RMIT, Australia

Nicole Konikow, 2018

Email: konikow_nico@bentley.edu

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. 

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Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Esther Hong, 2018

Email: hong_esth@bentley.edu

Studied at: WU- Wien: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Marketing/Management

Why Bentley students should study abroad?

Study abroad allows them to better understand and become interested in business internationally. They are more inclined to see how cultures and traditions influence business ethics, habits, and market trends. It also stimulates personal growth and builds ones character. As Bentley students, this quality will definitely stick out to any recruiters after graduation. The people that you meet and the friendships that you make abroad will shape Bentley students to become more open-minded and receptive to different people and experiences. Back to Top

Alliance in Shanghai, China

Christopher Kondracki, 2018

Email: kondrac_chri@bentley.edu

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. 

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Alliance in Shanghai, China

Eva Michaliszyn, 2018

Email: michali_eva@bentley.edu

Studied at: Alliance in Shanghai, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Marketing/ Chinese

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why?
One night my Chinese roommate asked if I wanted to eat and cook dinner with her and her friend from school.  We ended up making rose shaped dumplings and talking about the cutlural differences in the American and Asian cultures.  It was really cool to be able to talk about that openly and laugh over a few things. Back to Top 

London School of Economics, England

Danielle Bromberg, 2018

Email: bromber_dani@bentley.edu

Studied at: LSE, AY 2016-2017

Major: Managerial Economics

#1 piece of advice for students studying abroad:
The best advice I have is to take the opportunity to establish relationships with people outside of the Bentley study abroad program. Although it may be challenging at first to meet people, especially locals to the host country, the more you make an effort to reach out to people, the more they will respond! A great way to meet local students is to join a sports team, club, or society on campus. If you take the time to make these meaningful relationships in your host country, you then have the benefit of extending your network internationally, learning about other cultures on a more intimate level, and having more of an incentive to plan a return visit in the future!

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NEOMA, France

Kristin Salazar, 2018

Email: salazar_kris@bentley.edu

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!

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University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Susan Luo, 2018

Email: luo_susa@bentley.edu

Studied at: University of Hong Kong, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Accounting/ Global Studies

What was a typical day in the life while studying abroad?

I always tried to start my day with a run along the Victoria Harbour or a walk through the beautiful city campus to the gym (all those dumplings weren't going to burn themselves off!).  Then, I would meet up with friends and spend way too much time deciding on where to eat for lunch.  I'd use any free time outside class to explore the city with my flat-mates and friends and check out local markets or simply walking around both local and more western parts of the city.  Meals were definitely a social activity in Hong Kong, whether it was at home or at a local restaurant and the night always ended with some delicious Hong-Kong styled egg waffles or bubble tea! Back to Top

Lorenzo de'Medici, Italy

Joe Chiarelli, 2018

Email: chiarel_jose@bentley.edu

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

Email: ponzian_mary@bentley.edu

Studied at: LDM, Fall 2016

Major/Minor: Marketing/Finance

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. 

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Al Akhawayn University, Morocco 

Fiona Smith, 2018

Email: smith_fion@bentley.edu

Studied at: AUI, Summer 2016

Major: ISAC

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.

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API Barcelona, Spain

Kit Sengdara, 2018

Email: sengdar_kitt@bentley.edu

Studied at: API Barcelona, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Accounting/ CIS

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why?
My most meaningful experience was attending a FC Barcelona game.  The crowd and the atmosphere was very loud and exciting.  It was during my visit to the stadium for a game that I really felt like I was living like a local.  The locals behind us figured this was our first game and they took the time to teach us the chants so we could sing along with the super fans.  It was such an unforgettable moment to feel included and I would do anything to experience that feeling again! Back to Top 

CIEE Seville, Spain

Olivia Corriveau, 2018

Email: corrive_oliv@bentley.edu

Studied at: CIEE Seville, Spirng 2017

Major/Minor: CIS/Psychology

What was one of your most meaningful experiences and why?

One of the most meaningful experiences was when my host family bought me a cake for my birthday.  I had mentioned that my birthday was coming up, and they surprised me with a birthday cake after dinner the day of.  I definitely was not expecting them to do that.  This experience was very meaningful to me because it showed just how welcoming the Spanish culture is and how important family is within their culture.  Particularly in that moment, I felt included in their family, even if we were not able to communicate well. Back to Top 

 

Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Sarah Barsch, 2019

Email: barsch_sara@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universidad de Navarra, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Marketing, LSM MAS/ IDCC

What do you wish you had done differently?

I wish that I spent more time getting to know the full-time students at the university.  In my final few weeks, I grew extremely close to a few full-time students who I learned so much from.  As an exchange student, I felt the need to surround myself to other exchange students like me because they were also traveling and exploring cities, but leaving that bubble and interacting with local students changed a lot my views of the city in the last few weeks and showed me an entire new side of Pamplona I would have never knew existed. Back to Top 

Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain

Abby Eisner, 2018

Email: eisner_abig@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Fall 2016

Major/Minor: IDCC/Law 

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

Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain

Dea Markovic, 2019

EmailMarkovi_dea@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spring 2017

Major: Management
Why Bentley students should study abroad?

Going abroad makes students gain so much, it's an opportunity no one should miss. It can be scary, yes, and no one said it will be easy, but that's part of the deal too. It means getting out of one's comfort zone, putting oneself in an unfamiliar country and culture, learning and doing new things, exploring. Along this process comes personal growth and enrichment, perspective and a more open mentality, all positive and useful qualities for the future, both personally and professionally. Back to Top

The Washington Center, Washington D.C.

Meagan Ehl, 2018

Emailehl_meag@bentley.edu

Studied at: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Fall 2016 & The Washington Center, Spring 2017

Major/Minor: Public Policy/ 

Business Studies, CIS
What was a typical day in the life while studying abroad?

A typical day in the life in Washington, D.C. for me involved walking through the National Mall from my apartment at The Washington Center to my internship at the Federal Trade Commission. I interned full-time in the Division of Advertising Practices Monday through Thursday, where I assisted the attorneys with research, document review and organization, website research, and various analytical tasks. On Fridays, we participated in seminars, had tours and information sessions throughout DC, and listened to diverse speakers. Throughout my semester, I attended Senate and Congress Hearings, received a tour of the Supreme Court, and took a class on Global Conflicts and Human Security. Back to Top