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 Peer Advisors
I’m a senior here at Temple University studying Advertising in the copywriting direction. 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:
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).
Skype: latoyastroman – (contact me via email to set up a time)
I’m a senior 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.
I’m Danielle Marinese, a senior 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).
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.
**Also thank Jess for putting together this page!
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.”
I’m Meghan White, a senior 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).
E-mail*: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: twitter.com/dishguts
*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!
I’m Sam, I’m a senior 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!
Dan Polis (superstar Dan participated in both London and Los Angeles programs!)
My name is Daniel Polis. I’m from Cheltenham Pennsylvania and I’m a Film and Media Arts senior at the School of Communications and Theater. 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.
Los Angeles Peer Advisors
My name is Adam Segal and I participated in the Summer 2011 L.A. Internship program through Study Away. It was an incredibly rewarding experience in many ways. The program puts you in a fantastic position in terms of getting your foot in the door to Hollywood. Living in sunny Los Angeles for the summer was a reward in itself, but the career possibilities are limitless if you take advantage of this opportunity. Feel free to contact me.