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Meet Our 2015/16 SAI Student Ambassadors
July 7, 2015

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Kelsey Lenoch
Missouri State University

As a senior at Missouri State University in the Fashion Design Program I studied abroad with SAI in London at the London College of Fashion and had a life-changing experience. SAI gave me the opportunity to study at one of the top fashion schools in the world while also offering freedom and experiences to learn about another culture and, just as importantly, myself.

SAI BLOG POSTS

  1. Favorite Markets in London

Jessica Alcheh

Jessica Alcheh
Muhlenberg College

My time abroad can be best defined as surreal. For four months, I woke up each morning having to remind myself that I was actually in Florence and that it was not a dream. I felt liberated, where I was able to not only explore Florence and other countries, but I was also given a setting where I could reflect on who I was as a person and who I wanted to be. Florence is a place that I will always and forever be able to call home and not just a location where I had to live , but a place where I loved to live.


Sarah Kauzmann

Sarah Kauzmann
Muhlenberg College

During the spring semester of 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy at the Florence University of the Arts. Along with taking classes in the Italian language, the Italian Renaissance, art, and the history of chocolate, I was able to travel, meet new people, try many diverse cuisines, and encounter different cultures in many different regions throughout Europe. It was truly an experience I will never forget and it taught me so much about who I am and who I want to be. I can only hope my stories help other students have the very best time they possibly can while abroad.


Darian Gilley

Darian Gilley
Baylor University

I spent my spring semester of 2015 in Rome, Italy. For five months I was able to travel to several different areas of Europe, including France, Germany, Spain and other areas of Italy such as Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii, Naples. etc. I’ve never truly felt like I belonged anywhere until I stepped into Rome and it became my sanctuary, a place where I was able to discover myself. Rome stole my heart, changed my perspective on love, gave me a newfound independent and free-living spirit, opened my eyes to a new culture, taught me a new language, and above all, showed me how to live in the moment and to never look back. I was able to immerse myself in new cultures and broaden my perspective on the world through a unique experience I will never forget. This journey will forever be a huge part of who I am and I remain anxious for my return, I can only hope that it will be a permanent one.


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Mariah Minichello
University of South Carolina

I spent the spring semester of my junior year in Rome, Italy studying at John Cabot University. While there, I spent my days wandering the streets of Rome, eating the most delicious food, and experiencing the history that surrounded me. I travelled to eight different countries but that was only the beginning of a lifelong adventure around the world. My study abroad experience was made extra special by the on-site SAI staff who helped me every step of the way, from booking train trips to taking me to the doctor. I am forever thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad and to live in Rome for four months of my life.

SAI BLOG POSTS:

  1. Benefits of Studying Abroad for Your Career
  2. The ‘Abroad Bible’

Sabina Muccigrosso

Sabina Muccigrosso
Muhlenberg College

I studied abroad in Siena Italy for the Spring of 2015. My experience was wonderful and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice. I am very excited to start sharing my experiences with everyone!


Ashley Timon

Ashley Timon
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Last semester I studied International Business and Spanish at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in the amazing city of Barcelona, Spain. During my semester abroad, I was able to visit 8 different countries and many different cities all over Spain. Studying abroad in Barcelona was an amazing experience and definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. I look forward to sharing my experiences with other students and inspiring them to take a risk and study abroad.

SAI BLOG POSTS:

  1. My Favorite Things to do in Between Classes in Barcelona

Andrea Fournier

Andrea Fournier
Kansas State University

Studying abroad was hands down the best decision I have ever made. I was able to experience a completely different world of living, different foods, people and culture traveling around Europe. I was able to use my internship for professional growth, and satisfy credit classes towards my degrees with the classes I took abroad, while getting to visits historical sites such as The Eiffel Tower, The Cliffs of Moher and The Swiss Alps just to name a few! I never realized how much of the world there is out there to see, and ultimately, to learn from. You will come back home and not be scared to take spontaneous trips because you’ve grown into a more well-versed person from studying abroad.

SAI BLOG POSTS

  1. Tips for New Study Abroad Students

Brianna Kakareka

Brianna Kakareka
La Salle University

SAI has been the gateway to some of the best opportunities and unforgettable adventures I have ever been apart of. The people I’ve met abroad are some of my closest and admirable friends with whom I now share some of my favorite and most cherished memories. Whether they may be my professors, friends, or local Italians, the program has introduced me to these amazing people. Everyone that helped me through the process and throughout the semester was extremely helpful and always encouraging. I will now forever feel the urge to continue my international studies and travels. SAI offered me the world in just one semester and the journey was beautiful.

I have learned more about myself and gained confidence in situations I never knew I would encounter. The uncertainty, curiosity, and excitement of the brand new situations I experienced each day were some of the moments that pushed me way out of my comfort zone and I am happy that they did.

These life lessons and memories could have never been thought to me any other way. I am forever grateful for the chance to study abroad with a program like SAI.


Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore
Oklahoma State University

My favorite part of studying abroad was the amazing people I met. My dream is to work for a magazine as a creative director. One of my professors used to be a model for Vogue Italy back in the 1960s. As I was getting ready to head back home she told me if I ever needed anything like a letter of recommendation to email her. Having that connection in my field is crucial and I am so excited about it!


Nicole M. Giovannoni

Nicole M. Giovannoni
Gustavus Adolphus College

Studying abroad in Florence, Italy was an experience that will never be forgotten. While abroad, I took a few courses that introduced me to Italian history and culture. I learned about wine and food by walking through the Florence streets and markets, sampling the foods and drinks while listening about the history behind them all. Best yet, studying abroad through SAI gave me a great excuse and opportunity to finally meet my Italian family, living only a few hours away from the city of Florence. My international experience allowed me to connect and learn about my Italian roots, and to gain knowledge about the Italian and European cultures overall.

SAI BLOG POSTS

  1. Few Things to Expect After a Study Abroad Experience

Brooke Horton

Brooke Horton
University of South Carolina

My name is Brooke Horton and I studied abroad in Sorrento, Italy in the Spring Semester of 2015. The time I spent abroad was the most influential time in my life thus far and sparked my thirst to travel. I loved the opportunity to experience many different cultures around the world and to really be able to get to know my home town located Southern Italy. Sorrento truly sparked my interest for all things Italian: the language, the pizza, and of course the wine.

SAI BLOG POSTS

  1. When You Get Back From Study Abroad

  2. These Are My Favorite Things
  3. Overcoming the Italian Language Barrier
  4. Bridging the Cultural Gap in Sorrento
  5. Arrival in Sorrento
  6. Meet our Spring 2015 Blogger: Brooke

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Makenna Walls
Saint Mary’s College of California

I am a Senior studying International Business at Saint Mary’s College of California. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and absolutely loved it. I am very thankful to have had such an amazing experiences. While abroad I traveled to 11 different countries and plan to go back as soon as I can. I took art, religion, special event management and wine tasting classes while abroad.


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Andrew Cooney
James Madison University

My time studying in Paris was the most transformative experience of my life. The learning I did in the classroom at the American University of Paris was expanded upon and improved by my experiences living in Paris and traveling all over Europe. Although I walked past the Eiffel Tower on the way to class each day, I was always awed by the shear enormity of it and it made me thankful to have such a great opportunity. SAI’s assistance, guidance, and helpfulness really made my study abroad experience the best it could have been. I look forward to helping other students at JMU realize their study abroad goals and can’t wait to return to Europe soon!


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Kaela Kinnare
St. Mary’s College of California

I studied abroad through SAI at Florence University of the Arts taking 5 classes in the subjects art and Christianity. I found that studying art in Italy surrounded by the real historical artifacts gave me a new perspective and I felt that it really contributed to my ability to absorb the significance of the art and culture of the city. In my Introduction to Art History Class, I learned about different architectural styles and when traveling to different countries I was able to put that knowledge to use; something I could never have done before. In my History of Christianity class we learned about various religions and it opened my eyes to the different cultures I found myself encountering in my travels. My experience in international education contributed to my growth and maturity as a person.


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Caitlin Fell
Muhlenberg College

A love of travel was instilled in me from a very early age when I travelled to Italy, France, and England with my family. Knowing I wanted to return to Italy in my lifetime, Florence became the perfect place to call home for the best four months of my life. Living in another culture, a city filled with rich history and tradition, taught me so much, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity I was given to explore Florence, my second home, and all of the other unique places I was able to visit throughout my semester abroad.

SAI BLOG POSTS

  1. Your Guide to Florence

BaileyLaPoint

Bailey LaPoint
St. Cloud State University

Participating in international education is an essential key to unlock one’s door to discovering one’s journey. It teaches you important aspects of life and facets of yourself that you wouldn’t find staying in one place. Studying abroad awakens the mind in ways that you have never thought before and only the lucky ones who experience it will get to know that incredible feeling. My experience overseas has done just this to me. Never, in such a short period of time, have I learned more about myself, about culture and about the world outside of the Midwest. I will always cherish the friendships I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had during that life changing time of my life.


KevinHeil

Kevin Heil
Colorado State University

It’s all about location. From the moment I chose to study abroad I knew for me it would be Barcelona. The city was amazing and so was the beautiful country of España. I am so lucky to have been able to explore such a beautiful area of the world. I experienced so much more than imagined while studying business and Spanish at UAB. I even got the chance to volunteer at a local primary school helping kids learn a little bit of English. From the amazing people to the unsuspecting culture, I was surprised with every turn of the corner. I think that once people figure out exactly what experience they desire they can find that place somewhere in the world. Education abroad was eye opening, wonderfully challenging and absolutely unbelievable. I cannot wait to share my experiences and help people accomplish their dreams to study abroad!

SAI BLOG POSTS

  1. 5 Spring Festivals in and around Barcelona

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Jessica Poillucci
Suffolk University

My semester abroad in bella Roma, Italia was the most transformative time of my life. Rome’s central location allowed me to travel not only throughout Italy to drink limoncello in the Amalfi Coast, wine taste in the tuscan hills, and eat pizza in Naples, but also explore 5 beautiful countries and experience new cultures firsthand. I only hope that my stories will inspire others to find their own “Rome Away from Home” like I did.

 

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