Study Away

Peer Advisors

The SMC Study Away Peer Advisors are a group of dedicated Study Away alumni that are always ready, willing and able to talk to prospective students about their experiences and answer any questions you may have.  Here you can read about each of our unique Peer Advisors and find their contact information to reach out to them at any time.  Connect with a peer advisor from each of the following programs: London (semester)London (summer), Dublin, New York City, South Africa, Barcelona and Hong Kong or, even a peer advisor which has gone on to graduate from Temple! Have you already studied away on an SMC program and now you’re looking to spread the word?  Apply to be a peer advisor today!  Before you submit your application, you should email SMC Study Away (smcsa@temple.edu) to find out the requirements of the program and further details!

London Summer Peer Advisors

Name: Isadora Teich
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Summer 2013
E-mail: isadora.teich@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/isadora.teich

I sing in a band called Von Dunn and the Eye and as a musician and a person that lives for art in all its forms, I found London to be one of the most wonderful places in the world.

Izzy Teich, London Summer 2013

Izzy Teich, London Summer 2013

I studied in London for a summer semester and found it thriving with art and life. I saw everything from local bands you could not see anywhere else to the Rolling Stones to world renowned church choirs. One day I stumbled across a man blowing up a giant plastic bubble in a park, asked him what he was doing, and ended up seeing a free modern dance performance during one of London’s many citywide arts festivals. Many of the best things you’ll find in London, including its incredible museums, are free and it’s a perfect city to get lost in. I found myself homesick for London during the brief trip I took to Bruges, and already planning my way back a week before I was due to leave. London is truly an amazing city, and if you’d like to experience it for yourself and have any questions, feel free to send them my way!

Name: Emily Gallagher
Major: Strategic Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Summer 2013
E-mail: tud23212@temple.edu
Twitter: _emilygallagher
Instagram: _emilygallagher

One day, I hope to work in Public Relations managing issues that really matter here in Philadelphia. Studying abroad has always been something I wanted to do during my college experience. My curiosity to try new things and explore the world proved to be rewarding.

Emily Gallagher, London Summer 2013

Emily Gallagher, London Summer 2013

I am an alum of the London ’13 summer program, and I encourage anyone and everyone to go abroad. The six weeks I spent in England were filled with experiences that will stick with me for life. I fell madly in love with everything around me and was even able to see Dublin and Paris while across the pond. I met amazing locals, created lasting bonds with my fellow students and even met a celebrity. Socializing in the pubs, wandering through Hyde Park and admiring all of the beautiful artsy locations are what I miss most about my time in London. As corny as it sounds, I feel more cultured and worldly. I gained confidence in myself and learned to trust my decisions. Living and studying in London is one of my most notable achievements; I now feel like I can take on anything.

Name: Colin Tansits
Major: Journalism
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Summer 2012
E-mail: Colin.Tansits@temple.edu
Facebook: Search “Colin Tansits”
Twitter: @Colin_Tansits

I was always interested in studying abroad somewhere, but before going to London I didn’t realize what kind of experience I was getting myself into. From hanging out under Big Ben to searching for the coolest pub in London,

Collin, London Summer 2012

Collin, London
Summer 2012

my time in the UK was unforgettable. I was able to experience different cultures and try things, such as spicy food in Brick Lane, that I wouldn’t usually do. At Temple, I didn’t exactly have a normal path to studying journalism. I started off as a Business major before switching to History, then finally decided on majoring in Journalism. Now two years and two majors later, I’m pretty involved with writing. I write for Bleacher Report, an online sports outlet, and covered the Temple field hockey team for the Temple News this year. I love sports and play intramural sports year ’round at TU. I’m also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Although I don’t know exactly what is going to happen in my future, I’m thinking about going to law school.

Name: Amber Cardullo
Major: Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Summer 2012
E-mail: tuc42130@temple.edu
Facebook: Search “Amber Cardullo”
Twitter: @AMBERCARDULLO

Amber, London
Summer 2012

I am a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Club Field Hockey team. I am also Procter and Gamble’s ReadyU campus ambassador. I am interested in fashion ( I work at Urban Outfitters) and hope to pursue a career in the field one day.

 

 

London Semester Peer Advisors

Name: Marissa Pina
Major: Journalism
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: London Fall 2013
E-mail: marissa.pina@temple.edu
Facebook: Search “Marissa Nicole Pina”
Twitter: @marissapina
Instagram: marissapina

Marissa Pina, London Fall 2013

Marissa Pina, London
Fall 2013

Hi! My name is Marissa Nicole Pina and I am majoring in Journalism, but I like to think of myself more of a Photojournalism major. Right from the moment I stepped onto Temple’s campus and heard about the study away programs I knew that I had to go abroad sometime during my undergraduate career. When the opportunity came knocking for the Fall of 2013, it was all I could focus on for the months leading up to it. I am passionate about all things fashion, art, and music so choosing to go abroad to London was a clear choice for myself. Being a city person, I took quickly to the fast pace city and set out to experience as much as I could during my semester there. I will admit, there were a few days that I found myself thinking “Why did I come here, was this the right choice?” And the answer I found was always undoubtedly yes. I learned to trust myself and lose myself in another world unknown to myself previously. Words cannot describe the way I feel about the city, because it has become somewhat of a second home for me. The other students I went abroad with started out as strangers to me but by the end of our semester they became 30 of my closest friends. I think its beyond important to just go get lost every now and then, to find yourself somewhere you’ve never been before. That being said, I let that become my mantra the entire semester and when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Africa with my internship, I said yes without hesitation. I found myself traveling to an entirely different continent all alone. For this reason, I encourage everyone to seize the opportunity and go abroad because, as cliche as it sounds, it is the most life changing and eye opening experience.

Name: Christasia Wilson
Major: Journalism
Concentration: International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: London Fall 2013
E-mail: christasia.t.wilson@temple.edu

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Christasia Wilson, London
Fall 2013

Cheerio! My name is Christasia Wilson and I’m a Journalism major. In the future I hope to work for a major fashion publication. Also, one day, I hope to run into the Royal Family, but that is a big dream. Before I arrived to Temple my freshman year I knew I wanted to study abroad due to other great experiences going out of the country. Studying abroad in London my junior year was the best decision I ever made in college. It changed me in ways that I never imagined. Between all the countries I traveled to and all the new friends I gained, I will admit that I had the time of my life. Sometimes I find myself looking at the hundred of photos I took on a daily basis. Even though I was extremely nervous to get on that plane and leave for a whole semester, I’m glad that I pushed myself to do something new. If you have any questions about London or studying abroad in general, feel free to contact me. Post-abroad life is not the easiest transition, but craving for Digestives cookies is worth it. Hopefully you will experience all the joys of studying abroad. Cheers!

Name: Caitlin Cowan
Major: Journalism
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: tuc42985@temple.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/caitlin.cowan.7
Twitter: @caitlincowan

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Caitlin Cowan
Spring 2013

From the get-go, I knew studying abroad was something that I wanted to do during my time at Temple University. My semester in London was certainly one of the best decisions I have ever made. Between the sightseeing, the culture, the people, and the additional traveling, my time in London (and beyond) was nothing short of a life-changing experience that I will never forget. While socially the opportunities studying abroad presented us were extraordinary, the academics were also intriguing. Classes include everything from British Cinema to Travel Writing, to British Mass Media to Creative Thinking for Advertising, to Theatre and more, the courses did a great job of really immersing us into the British culture by extending the learning experience outside the classroom and into the city. The opportunities, experiences, and memories I made during my time abroad are those that I know I’ll hold in my heart forever. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience – why not take advantage of this opportunity while you can?

Name: Joe O’Neill
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: joseph.oneill@temple.edu

Ello there! My name is Joe O’Neill. I grew up in New Jersey but now live in Hatboro, PA. Ever since I was accepted to Temple, I knew that I would love to be able to one day take advantage of the study abroad opportunities offered through the SMC. Now that I have been able to experience living in another country, I can only encourage others to do the same. I had a fantastic time living with fellow SMC students in one of the most gorgeous parts of London, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. My study abroad experience was enriched by traveling to places like the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Northern Ireland as well as France. My experiences abroad have helped to give me a clearer idea of what I would like to do in the future. Having an internship was also very important in guiding me towards what I would like to someday do. Eventually I would like to be able to travel internationally and cover news from around the world, whether it be for the BBC World News Service, Al Jazeera or CNN International. Regardless of what you would like to do or where you see yourself, study abroad offered through SMC can help you to gain a new and broader perspective.

Name: Laura Oringer
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: tuc40048@temple.edu
Facebook: Search for “Laura Oringer”

Hi everyone! My name is Laura Oringer. I had the amazing opportunity to Study Abroad in London in the Spring of 2013. All of my expectations were exceeded in my experience and time spent abroad in London where I had amazing classes, an incredible internship at Shorts International, and took full advantage of the amazing city of London, as well as got to travel around Europe and the UK.

Laura Oringer, London Spring 2013

Laura Oringer, London Spring 2013

The places I got to go, the people I got to meet, and the different things I got to do will be stories I will be telling forever, and something that will forever have such a lasting effect on me. My semester studying abroad has been by far my favorite semester spent in college, and will probably forever be a time in my life that I will constantly look back upon. I could have never imagined in a million years all the things I got to experience and do. I feel so fortunate to be able to say I know another city; the streets, the public transportation, the places to go, the things to do. I am counting down the days until I can return and hopefully live in London again. I only want to share my knowledge with people, and help you to want to go have the most amazing semester ever, and be so jealous that you’re journey of studying abroad is only just beginning.

Name: Taylor Engel
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: tuc52924@temple.edu
Facebook: Search for “Taylor Engel”
Twitter: @taymaee

Hello everyone! My name is Taylor Engel. I am in Delta Phi Epsilon, and have worked on Temple Smash and Update while studying.

Ever since I can remember, it has been my dream to live in London. I always been one of those people who loves everything British! I’ve also always loved movies and television, so studying for a career in TV was probably the best choice I have ever made. The second best choice I have made was going on the Temple SMC Study Away program in London.

Taylor Engel, London Spring 2013

Taylor Engel, London Spring 2013

This program allowed me to not only have an internship in an industry I love, but also with people who changed my life and gave me the ultimate UK experience. I also saw countries like Germany and the Netherlands, and brought home a whole new outlook on my life in the states. Study abroad was the most incredible experience in my life; I met friends that I hope to have for many years to come, and experienced living and working on my own, thousands of miles from home!

 

Name: Sarae Gdovin
Major: Communication
Concentration: International Communication
Minor: Business
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: sarae.gdovin@temple.edu
Twitter: @SaraeGdo

Hi, I’m Sarae! I studied abroad with the London program in the Fall of 2012 and loved it so much that I hope to return to work in the city someday!

Sarae Gdovin, London Fall 2012

Sarae Gdovin, London Fall 2012

Before coming to college, I knew that study abroad was going to be a part of my experience. Luckily, the SMC London program was the perfect fit. I was able to spend my semester living, working, and studying in what I think is the best city in the world. The semester also allowed me to travel to 8 other countries and visit places I never thought possible. If you are thinking about studying in London, or anywhere else, just go for it!

If you have any questions or concerns about studying away please let me know! I will do my best to answer any of them, and give insight as someone who has been there and back. Plus, it is one of my favorite things to talk about, so expect all the details!

Name: Amber Curtis
Major: Journalism
Minor: Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: amber.curtis@temple.edu

Cheers, I’m Amber Curtis. I am a member of the National Society of Leaders, a camp counselor at Valley Forge Military Academy, and currently aid with articles for the Church of England Newspaper. Harping on a hopeful career with either ESPN or the Washington Post has strengthened by a semester in London. Gaining cultural experience in a country vastly different allowed me to look at my future in a changed angle.

Amber, London Spring 2013

Amber, London
Spring 2013

Going abroad allowed me to finally check off some bucket list items. I interned in front of Big Ben and spent many nights as the press at the Houses of Parliament. I celebrated St. Patty’s Day in Northern Ireland with the Irish. I relived 79 AD in Pompeii before it closed to tourists. I traveled on the number 12 double decker bus to Marble Arch which was the bus shown in the Mummy Returns.

Post-London was difficult to transition from but I set sights on another bucket list item like completing my first half marathon. London may be over, but the strength I gained will forever carry on. Hopefully your experience will bring the same.

Name: Sarah Cannon
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: sarah.cannon@temple.edu

Greetings Temple Community! I am a Media Studies and Production major that was lucky enough to study abroad in London in spring 2013 and it was the best decision I have ever made. I knew I was going to study abroad when I was a mere freshmen and told my academic advisor immediately which helped me stay on track academically.

Sarah, London Spring 2013

Sarah, London
Spring 2013

Although my main focus is in Television Production, it was a refreshing semester to take classes such as British Cinema and Travel Writing. The classes that are offered in London are so much fun and most of the time you learn outside of the classroom. Being in London for a semester has changed me for the better, as it mostly does to everyone who embarks on this exciting adventure. You will learn quickly who you are as a person and it will also test yourself. Immersing yourself in a new culture is something everyone should experience because not too many opportunities like this will come our way again in life. I can not stress enough how thankful I am that Temple offers this program. From the pub culture, to the British lingo, to seeing the Union Jack flag everywhere, I will always have a place in my heart for my love on London. Besides, who wouldn’t want a refreshing semester away from North Philadelphia?

Name: Alex Manescu
Major: Film and Media Arts
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: alexmanescu@temple.edu

My name is Alex Manescu. A semester in London was hands down the most fulfilling experience of my life–it was also the most difficult. Part of the magic that is a semester abroad is how much it challenges you to push your own boundaries.

Alex Mancuso Fall 2012

Alex, London
Fall 2012

You constantly find yourself in situations where all you think is, “how did I get myself into this mess?” That’s the beauty of it, after the initial shock of cars on “wrong” side of the road wears off you begin to learn more about who you are. How do you handle something so literally foreign to you? The places I have been, the people I have met, the conversations I had in London will linger vividly as happy memories for the rest of my life. Traveling is a bittersweet adventure, there is a part of you that doesn’t come back with through American customs. But it is a privilege to miss anything as passionately as this, and I wouldn’t trade that feeling for the world. I am the first person in my family to ever have left country, a goal I have had since I was a young boy. I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would be a goal within my reach so soon in life. The thing is, anyone can do it if they have the motivation. That is, in my opinion, the best kept secret of travel.

Name: Jineen Carcamo
Major: Advertising (Research and Account Management)
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: jineen.carcamo@temple.edu
Twitter: @JCarcamo31
Blog: http://jineenabroad.wordpress.com/

Jineen Carcamo Fall 2012

Jineen, London
Fall 2012

Hi! I’m Jineen. I am double concentrating in Research and Account Management. I studied in London during Fall 2012 and it was the best time of my life. I know everyone says that but it’s actually true. Studying abroad is an opportunity that not many people take which is why want to help others students with this once in a lifetime opportunity. I couldn’t believe that I got to live and work in London and travel to all the places I had dreamed of seeing. I got to make incredible memories with the other Temple students as well as people I met with in London. I can’t wait for the day I can go back!

Name: Nicole Soll
Major: Journalism
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: nicole.soll@temple.edu
Facebook: Search for “Nicole Soll”

Nicole Soll Fall 2012

Nicole, London
Fall 2012

I knew I wanted to study abroad in London before I knew I wanted to go to Temple, but thankfully, they had the perfect program for me! I had the opportunity to explore London for three and a half glorious months full of British television, tea and traveling on the tube. I also had the opportunity to work in a British office thanks to the internship program where I not only got to write for an online community newspaper, but also edit submissions from the community. I wouldn’t trade my experiences in London for the world and I’d love to share them with anyone and everyone!

 

Name: Jamielee Barrett
Major: Media Studies and Production
Concentration: International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: jamielee.barrett@temple.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamielee.barrett

Hello! My name is Jamielee Barrett. I hope to work in audio production for either film, television, music, or video games.

Jamielee Barrett Fall 2012

Jamielee, London
Fall 2012

When considering colleges, I knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to study in London, and Temple’s amazing program allowed me to do this in Fall 2012. I think its important to see the world and analyze new places, and London is such a great city to see so many different things. There is always something new to explore, and it is impossible to be bored there! I grew so much as a person during my time abroad, and I believe that anyone who is considering doing this program should go for it. It’s stressful and a little scary, but there is nothing that you will regret! Making friends, seeing a new place, and expanding your mind are all things that can only be achieved by experiences, and studying in London is certainly full of incredible ones. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I absolutely love talking about it. 

Name: Lillia Staverosky-Andrules
Major: Film and Media Arts
Minor: French
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: Lilliaesa@temple.edu

Hi there! My name is Lillia Staverosky-Andrules. Or, Lily for short. I’m a Film and Media Arts Major, with a French minor.

Lillia Andrules Fall 2012

Lillia, London
Fall 2012

I was lucky enough to be able to experience the London Study Away program in Fall of 2012. I’ve always loved travel and exploring, and to be able to do it while working on my degree, with a group of amazing people was fantastic. As you hear most people who have studied abroad say, there really is nothing like it. It would be hard to explain all the times and fun I had while I was gone, but really, you should just experience it for yourself. If you’re thinking about Study Away, but have some doubts or are a bit apprehensive, please contact me. There is always a way to do something you desire greatly. I also work in the study away office, so you can always come visit us in Annenberg Room 6 if you have questions!

Name: Kandace Kohr
Major: Communication
Concentration: International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: tuc55811@temple.edu
Skype: Kdogg141

Hi everyone, my name is Kandace, and I am an honorary Londoner of Fall 2012!

Kandace Kohr Fall 2012

Kandace, London
Fall 2012

As a Communication major, I knew that it was pivotal to understand a culture different than my own, and what better place to do that in London, arguably the world’s most globally diverse city. While in London, I’d extended my Student Affairs blog with 10 webisodes of my life abroad, in which I delved into study abroad topics and student testimonials. London was the best semester of my life, and now all I know is that I can’t wait to go back. I’m always game to talk about my semester abroad and where it’s going to take me next.

 

Name: Julianne Adamko
Major: Advertising (Art Direction)
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: tuc40484@temple.edu

Julianne

Julianne, London
Fall 2012

Hi, I’m Julianne! After transferring into the School of Media and Communication the second semester of my Freshman year, I found out we had a study abroad opportunity that would take me to London. In Fall 2012, I was accepted into the program and granted the opportunity of my lifetime. The time before I left for London flew by and before I knew it I was neighbors with the Queen! I still can’t believe I lived in London for about 3 months, had the best tea I’ve ever tasted, rode the tube and double decker buses, and took as many pictures as I could with red telephone booths. Studying abroad not only gave me the confidence that I can conquer anything I set my mind to no matter what the environment, but that when I have friends by my side–brand new friends for that matter–every moment becomes unforgettable. Feel free to contact me with any questions! I love to talk about London and my experiences there, but be careful! I am very persuasive and you will be walking away wanting to go to London! I can’t wait to go back, and if you want to go, you will not be disappointed!

Dublin Peer Advisors

Name: Allison Miller
Major: Media Studies and Production
Concentration: International Communication
Minor: Music
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2013
Second Program: London Fall 2014
E-mail: tud19119@temple.edu

I studied in Dublin, Ireland during Summer 2013. I chose the program because the classes were arts-based that semester.

Allison Miller Dublin Summer 2013

Allison Miller
Dublin Summer 2013

With music being my minor I wanted to get to know the industry of another country. Ireland was a great place to choose to learn about music since you can find it everywhere; on the streets, in the theater and in the pubs. Studying away in Dublin was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I met a lot of great people, saw amazing new places and learned a lot, too. I am hoping to go back there as soon as possible and hopefully stay for a more extended time. Even though it is such a small country there is so much to do and see. I recommend studying abroad to anyone considering it because there is no other experience like it. It’s unforgettable and life-changing. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Name: Amos Hanna
Major: Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2013
E-mail: tuc55368@temple.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmosHanna

Amos Hanna Dublin Summer 2013

Amos Hanna
Dublin Summer 2013

I don’t think I could ever forget the summer of 2013 I spent in Dublin, Ireland. It was, hands down, my best college experience ever. Not only did I get to study away in a beautiful country, but I got to do it with the best people and one of the best professors I have ever had! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my last college summer. Not only do you learn about the beautiful country, the amazing people and the wonderful culture but you also learn so much about yourself. Having the opportunity to travel to every corner of the country was an incredible experience. I can’t recommend studying away enough! It doesn’t matter if you’re SMC or not, it would be a great decision. Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk about Dublin!

 

Caitlin Reis, Dublin Summer 2013

Caitlin Reis, Dublin Summer 2013

Name: Caitlin Reis
Major: Strategic Communication (Public Relations)
Concentration: International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2013
E-mail: tue70939@temple.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caitlin.reis1

Hi! I’m Caitlin, and I am a Peer Advisor. I hope to pursue a career in Public Relations in Dublin after graduating. While in Ireland, I fell completely in love with the country. As someone who always loved to travel, this trip has been the high point of my life. I was constantly questioning where I wanted to end up after graduation, and when I got to Dublin, I knew I found my home. I travelled across Ireland while I was there, experiencing everything I possibly could. Hopefully you’ll all see me there in the years to come!

I highly recommend this to everyone, both inside and outside of SMC. Feel free to contact me, I could talk about my time in Dublin for days!

Name: Michelle Barry
Major: Strategic Communication (Public Relations)
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: Dublin Summer 2013
E-mail: tud22861@temple.edu

Michelle Barry, Dublin Summer 2013

Michelle Barry, Dublin Summer 2013

The summer of 2013 will be one for the books! I studied away in Dublin, Ireland, which has been the best experience while studying here at Temple. Our Temple group took Ireland by storm; we traveled to every part of Ireland, and experienced so much of the wonderful Irish culture. Going abroad is definitely an important aspect to anyone’s education. You learn so much about another country, and about yourself! To be able to help other Temple University students accomplish this amazing experience is a great feeling!

 

Name: Brianna Prime
Major: Strategic Communication (Public Relations)
Minor: Spanish
Concentration: International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2012
Second Program: Barcelona Summer 2014
E-mail: tud16180@temple.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brianna.prime.1
Skype: briannaprime

Brianna, Dublin
Summer 2012

Hello! My name is Brianna Prime and I’m from the small town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. My concentration of Public Relations suits me because I am very congenial and organized so hopefully I can pursue event planning. I am an effervescent, smiley, loving person who loves learning about different people and places. I went to Dublin, Ireland in the Summer 2012 program, which was the best experience of my life! I absolutely fell in love with the country and am trying to intern there for an entire summer in the future. While there, I traveled to every nook and cranny of Ireland, exploring as much as I could in this one culture to truly immerse myself in all that is Irish. I came in contact with one of the most prominent wedding planning companies in the world, “Weddings by Franc” and I am determined to work with them in the future. The “underdog” of all countries, Ireland has the most fascinating history that I fell in love with and I can see myself living there in the future. Maybe they’ll see me at Trinity?? As the youngest member on the study abroad I highly recommend doing one of these programs as soon as possible! By going to Dublin right after my Freshman year, I have gained the independence I needed to fully pursue my dreams and aspirations. Studying abroad has opened many doors for me early on, which I believe is one of the most beneficial things I have ever done for myself. I recommend this to everyone! Please feel free to contact me! I have no problem talking through e-mails, Facebook, Skype, or even meeting in person for whoever is truly passionate about this program. “Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.”

Name: Emily Maher
Major: Strategic Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2012
E-mail: emily.maher@temple.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emily.maher.7

Hey everyone! My name is Emily Maher. Taking part in the Dublin Study Away program was arguably the best thing that ever happened to me. I connected with an amazing group of Temple students I never would have met otherwise, and I connected with a country I never thought I would see.

Emily, Dublin Summer 2012

Emily, Dublin
Summer 2012

Ireland is the most beautiful sight, and Dublin is exciting and lively. From the people to the pubs, I felt so welcomed and at home. It was also extremely rewarding to be taught by an Irish professor. The methods of teaching over there were so different, but it gave me a lot of insight into Irish culture and a city with so much history. I value my time there so much, it’s the best place to explore and find yourself! I urge you to contact me with any questions about the program, I’d love to talk to you about it!

Barcelona Peer Advisors

Name: Elaica Zayas
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: Barcelona Summer 2013
E-mail: tud17799@temple.edu

Hi! I’m Elaica, or you can call me Lai. I’m a Media Studies and Production major straight out of NYC.

The International Internship Program in Barcelona was the most rewarding and most fulfilling experience of my life thus far. I got to experience the city in a way that many tourists wouldn’t. Working in the city and understanding life and the pace of everything in Barcelona accelerated my learning experiences rather than just studying or visiting the city.

Elacia Zayas, Barcelona Summer 2013

Elacia Zayas, Barcelona Summer 2013

The places I’ve been within the city of Barcelona, the cities outside of Barcelona I’ve visited, the people I’ve met, the things I experienced, and so much more will always be blissful memories I’ll never forget. Barcelona hands down changed my life for the better.

I am the first of my family to go to college and the first to leave the country beyond Central America. I am, to say the least, proud of myself and grateful for the opportunities presented to me through Temple University.

I plan on traveling as much as possible. I think if you have the motivation and the will to travel and explore new life, new cultures, and new countries, you can. It’s all about encouragement and hunger from within that will push you. I would’ve never imagined spending a summer in another country, let alone Spain. Now I don’t see it any other way! All about perspective. TAKE ADVANTAGE!

Name: Jessica Sudue
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: Barcelona Summer 2013
E-mail: jessica.sudue@temple.edu
Facebook: Search “Jessica Sudue”
Instagram: Jessysolovely

My major is Media Studies and Production. I recently went to Barcelona for the Summer 2013 session. I had the opportunity to complete a video internship at Hangar Org.

Jessica Sudue, Barcelona Summer 2013

Jessica Sudue, Barcelona Summer 2013

I truly enjoyed my summer in Barcelona. I liked being having the ability to go the beach right after work and enjoying the different menu of the days for lunch. I also enjoyed many of the parks in the city and the breathtaking views. Barcelona is a city worth experiencing! I do not regret spending my summer there one bit! If you are interested in studying in Barcelona or would like to hear about my experience, do not hesitate to contact me.

Name: Camille Smith
Major: Strategic Communication and Spanish
Expected Graduation Date:
Program: Barcelona Summer 2013
E-mail: tud13030@temple.edu

My name is Camille Smith and am a Strategic Communication and Spanish major. On campus I am a Resident Assistant in Morgan Hall North Tower and a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Camille Smith, Barcelona Summer 2013

Camille Smith, Barcelona Summer 2013

Entering into college, everyone had told me to make sure to study abroad, but as a double major, I was not sure it would be possible. Finding the SMC Study Away program in collaboration with Dream Careers to Barcelona, Spain was, hands down, the most amazing experience I have had at Temple University thus far. While in Spain I fell in love with the city, the small towns, the Mediterranean, and of course, the food! Studying away is a must do as a college student.

 

Name: Reina Lopez
Major: Adult and Organizational Development
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2014
Program: Barcelona Summer 2013
E-mail: reina.lopez@temple.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reina.lopez.507
Instagram: _reina_lopez_

Hello, my name is Reina Lopez and my major is Adult and Organizational Development in the school of Education. My current goal is to have a career facilitating, training and conducting seminars domestically and abroad on topics such as mediation, career coaching and conflict resolution in the workplace.

Reina Lopez, Barcelona Summer 2013

Reina Lopez, Barcelona Summer 2013

To prepare for a career abroad this past summer I participated in the Barcelona Internship Program 2013. For eight weeks I worked for a digital company in their Human Resources department working on a number of projects that are now included in my resume. Aside from my studies, I’m involved in Temple’s Diamond Leaders as a peer facilitator conducting workshops for student organizations on campus. On my free time I enjoy yoga, visiting the bookstore, taking dance class and networking meeting new friends.

 

New York Peer Advisors

Name: Janice M. Durrant
Major: Communication Studies
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: New York Summer 2013
Second Program: South Africa Summer 2014
E-mail: janicedurr@temple.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceDurrant
Blog: janicemdurrant.com

My name is Janice M. Durrant and I am patiently awaiting graduation in 2015, so that I can move to New York. In a city that is so fast paced, there is no time to take two. While in New York City, I volunteered at Food Network, I interned with the NYC Hampton University Alumni Club, I interned with Sweet Savoring’s jam company, and lastly, I interned in the Press Office for the FDNY.

Janice Durrant NYC Summer 2013

Janice Durrant
NYC Summer 2013

Yes, it was a bit much, especially since I was parenting from another state via Skype and had several day visits to Philadelphia. Nonetheless, I conquered and performed my best, while at all of my positions. I have learned from my experiences that your dreams can come true, but you have to be willing to sacrifice sleep, throw away the shyness in your personality, and go for all that you want with no hesitation. My summer, studying away in New York city started off rocky, I hesitated when it was time to catch the train to different places, which affected my purpose there; yet, that never stopped me from getting off at random stops to see the different areas. Three months into studying away, I moved faster than most, as I became more familiar with the five different boroughs more opportunities were thrown my way. So, as your peer advisor, I will give you insight and suggestions towards how to make your study away in New York City a semester to remember. It’s true, the city never sleeps and there are going to be hundreds of people bumping you to get on the train. The thing is, this is what makes New York such a beautiful place. As a recent student who ha studied away I will only give you the advice that I used to make my travels easier for me. I will only motivate you on the things that I had to overcome. My journey is not filtered because I want you to get the real image and facts of where I had been, so you can identify these same spots once you gain the courage to catch the train or bus to the city. Anything that I have done is something that you can too, as long as you are willing to put the same amount of effort into your explorations.

South Africa Peer Advisors

Name: Kelsey Dubinskey
Major: Journalism
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: South Africa Summer 2013
E-mail: tud07850@temple.edu
Facebook: Search “Kelsey Dubinskey”
Twitter: @kelseydubinsky

I studied abroad in South Africa summer of 2013. I currently work as a photographer for the Temple News, and when I am not running around Philly with my camera you can find me with my sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma, with the gymnastics club, or around the gym.

Kelsey Dubinsky, South Africa Summer 2013

Kelsey Dubinsky, South Africa Summer 2013

My summer session in South Africa was a life changing opportunity. It was not necessarily an easy walk on the beach (although the walk on the beach of Durban was amazing). The program itself put me through obstacles I never imagined, and left me with a great body of photography to come home with. The program taught me to become more confident in my photography, and my passion for documenting different types of cultures.

The program not only left me with amazing photographs, but allowed me to come home with great new friends from around the world including Temple. I have so many memories from the program, some good, some bad, and some just outright crazy, but no matter what, they are stories I will never forget. While on the trip many of us questioned ourselves on why we put ourselves through the things we did, but looking back on it I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Name: Andrew Sandefur
Major: Media Studies and Production
Minor: Geography and Urban Studies
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: South Africa Summer 2013
E-mail: andrew.sandefur@temple.edu

My name is Andrew Sandefur and I’m looking to major in Media Studies and Production and minor in Geography and Urban Studies. I have lived in New England for the majority of my life, first in New Hampshire and then Connecticut. I graduated from Lewis S. Mills High School of Burlington, CT in 2011 and decided to attend Temple University.

Andrew Sandefur, South Africa Summer 2013

Andrew Sandefur, South Africa Summer 2013

I am always looking for something different and Temple met my expectations since it was a city school and offered diversity. This desire for something new led me to want to study abroad and in the summer of 2013 I studied away in Johannesburg, South Africa as a production student. I produced and co-produced two stories while abroad for Philadelphia Neighborhoods, a blog site run by the Temple University. While abroad I traveled not only to Johannesburg, but also to Pretoria, Durban, and Cape Town to make the most of this five week experience.

Name: Nicholas Cutrona
Major: Journalism and Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Program: South Africa Summer 2013
E-mail: nicholas.cutrona@temple.edu

Nicholas Cutrona, South Africa Summer 2013

Nicholas Cutrona, South Africa Summer 2013

Facebook: Nic Cutrona
Twitter: @nicholascutrona
Skype: nicholas.cutrona

I am a Temple Journalism and Political Science major. I like to focus on broadcast production and my career goals include becoming the producer for a major network. I enjoy working with others to create stories that give a voice to people who may not have the time or resources to tell it themselves. I consider myself politically active and enjoy following national and international news. I used my time in South Africa as a chance to capture a new perspective on the kinds of stories that I like to produce.

Graduated Peer Advisors

Want to learn even more about our programs or what it’s like to be a graduate with Study Away on your resume? Check out our list of dedicated Study Away alumni, still eager to share their stories here.

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