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 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: 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: 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!

 

Dublin Peer Advisors

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.”

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: 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: 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.

 

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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  • Study Away Programs
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  • Phone: 215-204-2677
  • Fax: 215-204-6641
  • Email: katie.ryan@temple.edu
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  • Associate Director
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  • Phone: 215-204-6535
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