Graduated 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 Graduated Peer Advisors and find their contact information to reach out to them at any time.

London Semester Peer Advisors

Spring 2013

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

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.

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: Caitlin Cowan
Major: Journalism
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: tuc42985@temple.edu
Twitter: @caitlincowan

Caitlin, London 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
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: Taylor Engel
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: tuc52924@temple.edu
Twitter: @taymaee

Taylor, London Spring 2013

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.

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

Amber, London Spring 2013

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.

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
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Spring 2013
E-mail: sarah.cannon@temple.edu

Sarah, London Spring 2013

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.

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.

Fall 2012

Name: Lillia Staverosky-Andrules
Major: Film and Media Arts
Minor: French
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.

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.

Name: Matthew Hanley
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Fall 2013 (one semester early)
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mailmatthew.hanley@temple.edu

Hello there! My name is Matthew Hanley, a 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.

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

Alex, London Fall 2012

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.

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)
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: jineen.carcamo@temple.edu
Twitter: @JCarcamo31
Blog: http://jineenabroad.wordpress.com

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
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: nicole.soll@temple.edu

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
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: jamielee.barrett@temple.edu

Jamielee, London Fall 2012

Hello! My name is Jamielee Barrett. 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.

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

Kandace, London Fall 2012

Hi everyone, my name is Kandace, and I am an honorary Londoner of 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)
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: London Fall 2012
E-mail: tuc40484@temple.edu

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!

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

Sarae, London Fall 2012

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! 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!

Spring 2012

Diana Brody 
E-mail:  Diana.brody@temple.edu

Hello! My name is Diana Brody and I am 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).

Jennifer Babu
E-mail: jennifer.babu@temple.edu
Twitter: @jenibabu

Jennifer Babu

Hi! I’m Jen Babu, a 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.

Spring 2011

Zach Thornbury
E-mail: zachthornbury@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zach.thornbury
Twitter: @zachthornbury

I’m studying Advertising in the copy-writing direction here at Temple University. I joined the Study Away program at SMC in the spring of 2011, and shipped off to London for nearly 5 months. Once I was there I used Europe as my muse, exploring 11 countries in total before returning home. To date I’ve been lucky enough to experience 20 different countries with 20 completely unique cultures.

I’m not hard to miss at nearly 6’5″,  but, if you still haven’t been able to track me down, best bet is to check out my travel blog, http://www.thetravelowl.wordpress.com. That’ll probably tell you where you just missed me or at the very least, where I’m going to next.  Although sometimes difficult to find, I’m always easy to reach. Feel free to contact me by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. I’m definitely someone that’s always connected:

LaToya Stroman
E-mail: lstroman@temple.edu
Skype: latoyastroman – (contact me via email to set up a time)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/toyastroman

Hello, my name is LaToya Stroman and I am a BTMM major. Most people call me “Toya.” I am fun, friendly and motivated to succeed. I am from Philly and I love to travel, meet new people & enjoy life. Along with being a student, I decorate on the side and volunteer for inner-city youth projects 90% of my time. I know it sounds weird (smile). I studied in London in the Spring of 2011 and it was literally LIFE CHANGING. My time there was so incredible, I stayed an extra month and house sat for a co-worker I met while interning. I interned at Shorts International and worked my butt off, interviewed for the job and its waiting for me after graduation. I have overcome some really difficult times in my life and I am determined to be successful and be effective in my community. My life quote is “finish what you have started.”  Contact me at any time – you can always find me in the Study Away office (Room 6 in Annenberg Hall).

Kelsey Jones
E-mail: tub53143@temple.edu

I’m a journalism major at Temple, originally from Wilkes-Barre in Northeast Pennsylvania. I would describe myself as a silly goof with a huge heart and a naturally people-oriented person. As a student, I chose to study Communications because it will always be prevalent in interdisciplinary fields and contexts. My current role as a multi-media intern at Campus Philly is preparing me for post-graduation. Additionally, it allows me to pursue my goals at the present; I photograph major events for Campus Philly and I’m responsible for regularly updating and organizing their virtual photo library.

In Spring 2011, I studied in London with some of the most amazing and inspiring people I’ve ever met. Additionally, my most ambitious work experience was my internship abroad at the World Photography Organisation offered hands-on work, including writing news articles published on their website, conducting research for worldwide photographers, and implementing marketing and social media strategies in preparation for a major event – the World Photography Festival and Sony World Photography Awards 2011. This internship and the entire study abroad London experience broadened my worldview and made me realize that international communications skills are a necessity.

My interpersonal capabilities and my passionate involvement with photography will ultimately lead me to a future career that involves two primary elements: people and a camera. I would love to explore the broad field of visual communications – particularly social documentary photography. A perfect job would also encompass some sort of social work. If I was able to simultaneously provide counseling treatment and photograph members of the community that seek improvement from social programs, it would be my dream career.

Jessica Philo
E-mail: JessicaPhilo@temple.edu
Skype: JessPhilo
Cell: (610) 656-2051

I’m Jessica Philo, and I’m an Advertising major/English minor from Phoenixville, PA. I studied in London during Spring 2011 and ever since my return from London not only have I been pining to go back, but I’ve become obsessed with promoting Study Away. I believe that everyone who dreams of studying abroad should pursue their dreams and make them a reality. Studying abroad is an amazing way to immerse yourself in another country’s culture and way of life (not to mention the amazing experience it is in its entirety), and once you graduate it becomes a lot harder to temporarily move to Europe (if you could imagine that).

With that being said, I’m here to answer your questions about studying abroad. Please don’t be shy! No question is too off the wall or awkward, and I’d be more than happy to meet with you. I also keep a blog where I log all of my London study abroad advice, which you can find here http://jessicaphilo.wordpress.com/category/london/. Feel free to mouse around there if you’re curious.

Hadar Spector
E-mail: tub48245@temple.edu

Hey, I’m Hadar Spector and I’m a Communications major who studied in London during the Spring 2011 semester. I absolutely loved London and I miss it everyday. There was always something fun to do and my time there was one of the best few months of my life. I even traveled for 5 weeks on my own after the semester and I ended up seeing cities in 8 different countries over all!

I’m a music enthusiast, whether it’s listening, attending shows, writing about it, or just singing in the shower. I also have a love for photography and eating ice cream in my spare time. If there’s one phrase I choose to live by, it’s definitely the Beatles quote, “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”

Dan Polis
E-mail: tub46894@temple.edu

My name is Daniel Polis. I’m from Cheltenham Pennsylvania and I’m a Film and Media Arts major at Temple University. I went to London in the Spring 2011 semester, and it was there that I had the opportunity to intern at a major independent film festival as well as a chance to travel throughout Europe. Just a week and a half after returning from London, I packed my bags once again and set off for Temple’s Los Angeles Internship program. There I interned in television development at an Emmy award winning production company. I believe that both of my study away experiences with Temple shaped me into who I am today and prepared me for the next step in my life.

Fall 2010

Danielle Marinese
Email: tub63034@temple.edu

I’m Danielle Marinese, a Communications major who still has no idea what she wants to do after graduation, to the dismay of every adult who asks. I also don’t know how to whistle, dive into a pool, or sing the correct lyrics of top 40 songs. I do know that studying abroad in London during the fall of my junior year was one of the best decisions I made as a Temple student and I love to help future study abroad students not make the same mistakes I did while I was away (like nearly missing every international flight I booked).

Meghan White
E-mail*: meghan.white@temple.edu
Twitter: twitter.com/dishguts

I’m Meghan White, a BTMM major originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I studied in London in the Fall of 2010. While there I made a point of exploring museums, markets, parts of Europe and of course, pubs. I interned at CCD PR, which was more or less sandwiched between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, which gave me my weekly dose of tourism and also allowed me to pretend that I was in Harry Potter while walking down Shaftesbury Ave. One of the highlights of studying abroad was getting to explore Europe for a week during fall break. My trip involved a lot of running to catch trains and getting a bit lost everywhere we went.

In addition to telling everyone that they should study in London, I also write a craft column for The Temple News called “HandMeg.” I maintain a slightly ridiculous blog that is not at all related to travel (www.dishguts.com).

* If you’re emailing me, please put something about your Study Away interest in the subject line. From there I’d be more than happy to set up a face to face meeting time on campus or on Skype!

London Summer Peer Advisors

Summer 2013

Emily Gallagher
E-mail: tud23212@temple.edu
Twitter: _emilygallagher
Instagram: _emilygallagher

Hello, I’m Emily. I’m a student in the School of Media and Communication studying strategic communication. One day, I hope to work in Public Relations managing issues that really matter here in Philadelphia. Studying

Emily, London Summer 2013

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.

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 I can take on anything.

Izzy Teich
E-mail:
isadora.teich@gmail.com
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/isadora.teich

My name is Izzy Teich and I am a Media Studies and Production major. 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

Izzy, London Summer 2013

most wonderful places in the world.
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!

Summer 2012

Rachel Koper 
E-mail: tuc03084@temple.edu

Hey everyone! I was born in Illinois and raised in central New Jersey and I’m majoring in BTMM at Temple University. 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!

Amber Cardullo 

My name is Amber Cardullo and I am 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 campusAmber, London Summer 2012 ambassador. I am interested in fashion ( I work at Urban Outfitters) and hope to pursue a career in the field one day. You can contact me via email at tuc42130@temple.edu. You can also find me on facebook (Search Amber Cardullo) and follow me on Twitter @AMBERCARDULLO

Colin Tansits
E-Mail: Colin.Tansits@temple.edu
Facebook: (Search Colin Tansits)
Twitter: Colin_Tansits

My name is Colin Tansits, and I am a Journalism major. I was always interested in studying abroad somewhere, but before going to London I didn’t realize what kindColin, London Summer 2012 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.

Alex Wright 
Phone: 717-580-0054
E-mail: alexander.wright@temple.edu

Hello friends, my name is Alex Wright, I’m Film and Media Arts major 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.

Summer 2011

Samantha Schatz
E-mail: samantha.schatz@temple.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Samantha-Alyson/1477620029

I’m Sam, I’m an Advertising major focusing in copy writing. I decided to study abroad the summer after my junior year, and if I could go back and change anything I totally would have gone for a full semester!! I studied in London and absolutely loved it! I’m determined to eventually live there, because during the six weeks I spent there, I completely fell in love with the city. I found London really easy to get accustomed to and I never got home sick.

I think studying abroad is an experience everyone should have if they have the ability to. It opens your eyes to other cultures and gives you the chance to explore other parts of the world pretty easily. It made me love traveling even more! I was a little hesitant about going so far at first, but I can honestly say it was the best six weeks of my life and not a day goes by that I don’t miss it!

I became a peer advisor because I love sharing my stories about Europe and I think it’s great I can help convince people to study abroad and answer their questions about it! I’m definitely willing to help out anytime and can be contacted in a few ways!

South Africa Peer Advisors

Summer 2011

Shanell Simmons
E-mail: tuc14019@temple.edu

Hey Everyone! My name is Shanell Simmons and I’m a 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.

Nicholas Centore
E-mail: tuc06590@temple.edu

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!

Nick Peterson
E-mail: tuc11622@temple.edu

I’m an 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.

Communities & Organizations in NYC Peer Advisors

Summer 2012

Name: Mary Vercillo
Major: Advertising
Graduation Date: Spring 2013
Program: Communities & Organizations in NYC
E-mail: tuc62211@temple.edu
Blog: http://maryvercillo.wordpress.com

Hi! My name is Mary Vercillo and I am an Advertising major from Macungie, PA. I studied in NYC during the Summer of 2012.

Mary, New York City, Summer 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.

Global Internship Peer Advisors

Barcelona Summer 2013

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

Jessica, Barcelona 2013

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. 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.

Dublin Summer Peer Advisors

Summer 2013

Name: Amos Hanna
Major: Communication
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2013
E-mail: tuc55368@temple.edu

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!

Name: Caitlin Reis
Major: Strategic Communication (Public Relations)
Concentration: International Communication
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Program: Dublin Summer 2013
E-mail: tue70939@temple.edu

Caitlin, Dublin Summer 2013

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!

Summer 2012

Name: Emily Maher
Major: Strategic Communication
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

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!