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 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 Lezlie McCabe (email@example.com) to find out the requirements of the program and further details!
London Summer Peer Advisors
Hey everyone! I’m a senior at Temple and am majoring in BTMM. I was born in Illinois and raised in central New Jersey. I am extremely happy with my study abroad experience in London of 2012 and hope everyone else has the same opportunity to experience what I did! I watched the Opening Ceremony with Londoners, saw Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, took the Harry Potter set tour, and even saw an Olympic game! While the Olympics come around every so often, London would still have been exciting regardless. Studying away gives students the chance to not only learn in the academic sphere, but also gain a cultural background that is priceless. It is certainly an experience I will never forget. Feel free to contact me!
Hello friends, my name is Alex Wright, I’m a senior film student at Temple University. Beginning in my younger days, I have always wanted to get the most out of life and what it had to offer. For me, the calling was in the world of media. Since coming to Temple, I have done all I can to get closer to that dream. I have been on sets of many projects, won a few awards, been a Resident Assistant, joined Temple Greek Life, worked as an Honors Ambassador, and even had time to learn to play the piano and run two marathons. But it wasn’t until this past summer, when I studied away in London that I felt that I had grabbed everything Temple had to offer. I drank tea, rode the Tube, and saw the Olympics. All I can say now is, I can’t wait to go back.
My name is Amber Cardullo and I am junior Communications Major. 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.
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My name is Colin Tansits, and I am a junior Journalism major. 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, 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.
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London Semester Peer Advisors
Hello! My name is Diana Brody and I am a senior majoring in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. Years of sitting in front of the television and ruining my 20/20 vision has inspired me to work in television production, preferably in post-production for video editing. In Spring 2012, I studied abroad in London and it was the best thing I ever did in my entire life. I could write pages and pages of my experience but for now, I’ll just tell you a little about myself and how studying abroad has changed me as a person. Before going to London, I was a socially awkward person known for having an unhealthy obsession with cats and creating inside jokes with everyone. While I sit here petting my cats William and Harry (London inspired!) and laughing over the many inside jokes my friends and I created during our time in London, I don’t feel like I can label myself as a socially awkward person. During my time there, I gained confidence that I knew I had, but just needed the right opportunity to let it out. Walking unfamiliar streets, seeing famous landmarks, and slowly building friendships let that confidence shine through and show others who I really am.
While I had a lot of fun and exciting moments, there were also times of hard work through my courses and internship. I interned at Film London, a film and media agency who assist first-time filmmakers in creating short films. Sitting in the Tube on my way to work and looking at other people knowing they were in the same situation made me feel like a true Londoner because I was one of them. No longer was I considered a tourist. The great thing about studying abroad is that you’re not a tourist. You’re living in a flat, taking the Tube EVERYWHERE, going to the local grocery store (Sainsbury’s!) to make your own food and living your day just like any other Londoner would. The only difference is that you have a short time to consume not only the city but other parts of Europe before you must sadly leave and make your way back to the US.
As a peer advisor I want to tell students that it’s possible to study abroad under any circumstances. Besides financial aid, scholarships, and my own savings, I had no other financial support. Since my freshman year, I have planned financially and academically to study abroad. Sometimes I stop and think to myself, “Wow I actually lived in London. I walked on Abbey Road and rode a red double-decker bus. I visited the Guinness Factory in Dublin and got blessed by the Pope (unknowingly) in Rome. I stood where the Berlin Wall once stood in Germany and rocked out in The Cavern Club where The Beatles once performed in Liverpool. I saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Moulin Rouge in Paris. I did all of this.” And you can too because of Temple’s Study Away Program.
But hopefully you’ll be aware that you’re in the presence of the Pope (long story).
Hi! I’m Jen Babu, a senior journalism major and English lit minor at Temple University. I’ve always wanted to travel to England, where most of my favorite authors & Anne Boleyn once lived. My main goal was to go on a Jane Austen pilgrimage and see where she lived & was buried; I felt like that was something I needed to do before starting my life in adulthood, to be inspired.
Temple’s London Study Abroad Program gave me all those opportunities, and more. I saw the Queen at Kensington Palace, celebrated the Chinese New Year at Trafalgar Square, stood at the Prime Meridian, went to a Holi festival, traveled to Dublin, Rome, & Berlin, and yes, I went to Jane Austen’s houses in Bath & Winchester and saw the place where she was buried.
I did so much more than that, but the best part was feeling part of something bigger than myself. London is a vibrant, exciting, stunning city. Even if you never ventured out of it, there is still so much history and culture on every street. Don’t be afraid to jump on the Tube alone…sometimes the best memories come from that one step of bravery.
My name is Alex Manescu. I am a 21 year old Film & Media Arts student at Temple University. 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. You constantly find yourself in situations where all you think is, “how did I get myselfinto this mess?” Thats 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 abittersweet 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.
Hello there! My name is Matthew Hanley, a junior Media Productions student here at Temple University. Growing up in New York, I was always a humongous fan of television and theatre, seeing a Broadway show once or twice a year. When I arrived at Temple I immediately joined the Insomnia Theatre club where I wrote and acted in various short plays. Since Freshman year I had been waiting to study abroad in London and last fall those dreams came true. The experience was everything I dreamed and more.
I visited 8 different countries, made connections and experienced some of the best times of my life. The best though was the internship I was assigned. I got to work with an audio production agency who has done post-production work for movies such as Hell Boy and Harry Potter. This was a truly eye opening experience that taught me a lot that I didn’t know about my own production major and what it is like to work in an actual film production environment. I got to sit in on some movie screenings and was given a different scripts to read and review each work. This was my favorite assignment as it reignited my passion for writing and push me to try my hand at script writing.
Overall this was the best time of my life and it would be a crime if I did not help others have the same life changing experience that I have had. I hope you will contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have and that you do yourself a favor and review some of the amazing study away programs we have here at Temple.
Hi! I’m Jineen. I’m a junior Advertising student 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!
Hi! My name is Nicole Soll and I’m a junior majoring in Journalism.
I knew I wanted to study abroad in London before I knew I wantedto 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!
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook (search Nicole Soll)
Hello! My name is Jamielee Barrett, and I’m a Junior majoring in BTMM. I hope to work in audio production for either film, television,
music, or video games. 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
Hi there! My name is Lillia Staverosky-Andrules. Or, Lily for short. I’m a Junior Film and
Media Arts Major, with a French minor. 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.
My email is Lilliaesa@temple.edu and you can search me on Facebook too.
Hi everyone, my name is Kandace, and I am an honorary Londoner of Fall 2012!
As a Communications 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. You can reach me through email, Facebook, or Skype.
Hi, I’m Julianne! I am a Junior Advertising Major(Art Direction) and currently deciding on a minor. After transferring into the Communications school 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 life time. 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
Hello! My name is Brianna Prime and I’m a Sophomore from the small town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. My major of Public Relations suites 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 next year. 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.”
Hey everyone! My name is Emily Maher and I’m a Junior Strategic Communication major. 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. 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!
New York Peer Advisors
Hi! My name is Mary Vercillo and I am a Senior Advertising major from Macungie, PA. I studied in NYC during the Summer of 2012.
I decided to attend the Study Away Program even before I accepted my internship for the summer. I have always wanted to get an early start on my career and gain as much experience in the fashion industry as possible and New York City was the place to be! The internship process was long and stressful, but after countless interviews with multiple companies I was officially a Summer marketing intern for Tommy Hilfiger Headquarters in New York! My experience also involved interning at The New-York Historical Society in the Upper West side.
The program itself had me hooked the second I attended an informational meeting. Professor Gratson was our instructor and he has so much enthusiasm and knowledge about NYC! It was a blast and not overwhelming with my internship five days a week. The program took us around NYC and we learned about the neighborhood and institutions that are fundamental to know living in NYC.
Overall, my experience and classes at Marymount College in NYC were amazing and I have memories to share for a lifetime. I highly recommend any Study Away program for the experience you will gain. If you want to read more about my experience view my blog at http://maryvercillo.wordpress.com. Or if you have any questions on the program, feel free to contact me via Email.
South Africa Peer Advisors
Born in the ‘burbs of North Jersey, I have chosen to embark on a quest for wisdom and experience to take advantage of this crazy thing called life to the fullest extent I possibly can. There are too many places in this world to visit, a plethora of extraordinary people to meet, and certainly not enough time to witness it all. However, I have chosen to dedicate the rest of his life to complete as much of it as I possibly can and to not regret anything along the way. Education is IMPERATIVE to accomplish this rewarding existence and I have no issues with the thought of it. I am now well on my way to gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Business. What I plan to do after…who knows!
I’m a junior, Advertising major and Pittsburgh native. I studied in Johannesburg, South Africa during July 2011.
Learning to be a foreign correspondent was the most enriching learning experience I’ve ever been a part of. I think that studying away is important because it makes you more globally conscious. The South African program has an emphasis on cultural learning. We weren’t sitting in classrooms we were out in the field looking for people to meet with stories to tell. For fun we went bungee jumping, scuba diving in the Indian Ocean and chilled with lots of cool Africans.
Unfortunately, the South Africa program has been temporarily suspended. However, if anyone is still interested in the program I hope you will contact me. We are trying to get the word out about the program and get more support.
Hey Everyone! My name is Shanell Simmons and I’m a junior Journalism major. YAY Journalism. I’m from the one and only New York City and I love to read books, write reviews and blog about a range of relevant topics.
I studied abroad in South Africa in summer 2011, which was not only the best experience of my 20 living years, but also the biggest accomplishment of my life. After coming back from South Africa, my worldview both shifted and expanded. It was a chance for me to both gain experience in my field and to inflict change as well. We didn’t just stay in the suburban community where we laid our head to rest; we went out and tried to make a difference in South African children’s lives that are underprivileged, yet aspire to be more than what society’s expectations are.
In closing, my advice to you all who may be considering studying away is to stop considering it and JUST DO IT. It won’t be like when you had to pick a college to attend, where it could either be a good decision or the worst decision you’ve ever made. There is only one outcome from studying abroad: you will absolutely love it.
If you have any questions, concerns/fears, please feel free to contact me at ANY TIME. I am so willing and excited to speak to those of you who are interested and even those who may not be all that interested at all.
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.