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Want to talk to a student who participated in an Alliance program?

Our Alumni Ambassadors are here to help!  Hailing from various colleges and universities around the country, these students volunteered to spread the word about the tangible and intangible benefits of study abroad – and the unique experience provided by Alliance programs!

Paulina Gerstner

Contemporary India
University of Delaware – International Relations Major

Hey guys, my name's Paulina and I'm a junior at the University of Delaware, studying International Relations and Development. I was in Pune for the Contemporary India program with the Alliance this past fall, and I'm happy to be an Alumni...

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Hey guys, my name's Paulina and I'm a junior at the University of Delaware, studying International Relations and Development. I was in Pune for the Contemporary India program with the Alliance this past fall, and I'm happy to be an Alumni Ambassador with you all! Seeing India (and Thailand for a short trip) was an incredible experience and I'm excited to share it with everyone here at Delaware this coming semester! hide

Channing Carney-Filmore

Contemporary India
Spelman College – International Studies Major

Hello everyone! My name is Channing Carney-Filmore and I am currently a Junior attending Spelman College. I am an International Studies Major with a concentration in Development and minoring in Public Health. I spent my Fall 2013 semester in Pune,...

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Hello everyone! My name is Channing Carney-Filmore and I am currently a Junior attending Spelman College. I am an International Studies Major with a concentration in Development and minoring in Public Health. I spent my Fall 2013 semester in Pune, India with the Contemporary India program. My time spent with the Alliance was definitely one to remember forever. The staff members were incredible, the new friendships I gained helped make my experience the best it could have possibly been, and traveling throughout India was so eye opening and rewarding. As an Ambassador, I hope to share all of my amazing experiences, and to help future Alliance students get acquainted with living in India. I look forward to working with everyone! hide

Hannah Bahnmiller

Contemporary India
The City, the River, the Sacred
University of North Dakota Grand Forks – Anthropology Major

Hi everyone, my name is Hannah and I'm a student at the University of North Dakota. I studied abroad Fall 2012 in...

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Hi everyone, my name is Hannah and I'm a student at the University of North Dakota. I studied abroad Fall 2012 in Varanasi, India and Spring 2013 in Pune, India. My experience in India was life changing. I love Indian culture and love to try my hand at cooking Indian food. I'm really excited to be an Alliance ambassador at UND because often times, people view study abroad as a chance to go to Europe and party, but going outside of your comfort zone to somewhere new and unknown can be the most life changing experience! hide

Laura McCormick

Global and Public Health
Hamilton College – Biochemistry Major

Hi! My name is Laura McCormick and I am a junior biochemistry major at Hamilton College, with a minor in comparative literature. Last fall, I studied Global and Public Health in Manipal, India. Throughout my four months in the country, I fell in love...

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Hi! My name is Laura McCormick and I am a junior biochemistry major at Hamilton College, with a minor in comparative literature. Last fall, I studied Global and Public Health in Manipal, India. Throughout my four months in the country, I fell in love with the culture of India and gained a passion for public health. From hospital field visits to Bollywood dance classes, I had a transformational experience in Manipal and look forward to sharing my experiences with prospective students! hide

Amber Beserra

Global and Public Health
Case Western Reserve University – Nutritional Biochemistry Major

Namaste! My name is Amber Beserra, and I am a junior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. I am a nutritional biochemistry and metabolism major with a premedical focus. In...

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Namaste! My name is Amber Beserra, and I am a junior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. I am a nutritional biochemistry and metabolism major with a premedical focus. In the spring of 2013 I had a life changing experience studying public health in Manipal India. I experienced so many opportunities which have influenced my knowledge about myself, Indian culture, health around the world, and so much more. My time abroad was whimsical and enlightening, and I am excited to relive these amazing memories while sharing them and preparing others for their own life-changing experiences! hide

Justina Rosado

International Business in China
Meredith College – Business Administration Major

Hey! My name is Justina Rosado and I'm a junior at Meredith College in NC. I'm a business administration major with a double minor in international business and dance studies. I studied in Shanghai, China during fall semester of 2013 and now I...

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Hey! My name is Justina Rosado and I'm a junior at Meredith College in NC. I'm a business administration major with a double minor in international business and dance studies. I studied in Shanghai, China during fall semester of 2013 and now I think everyone should study abroad! It was so incredible to experience all of the cultural differences on the other side of the world. I want to help other students understand what it means to be a global citizen and become ambassadors for international communication. hide

Sonya Gao

International Business in China
Mount Holyoke College – Economics Major

Hey guys! I'm Sonya, and I'm a student at Mount Holyoke College. I was abroad Spring 2013 in Shanghai on the Alliance's International Business program. I loved every minute I...

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Hey guys! I'm Sonya, and I'm a student at Mount Holyoke College. I was abroad Spring 2013 in Shanghai on the Alliance's International Business program. I loved every minute I was in Shanghai, and I'm thrilled to be able to share my experience with any interested parties on my campus. I believe that going abroad was the best decision I've made since starting college, and I encourage others to do the same. The culture, the people, the food, just everything about China is so much more than what anyone has ever read in a textbook. hide

Isabel Knight

Popular Culture and Social Change
Swarthmore College – International Relations Major

大家好!I'm Isabel or 金欣欣! I am currently a sophomore at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and this summer I took Popular Culture and Social Change in Beijing. I plan on majoring in Political Science and I just started taking Chinese this past year. I...

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大家好!I'm Isabel or 金欣欣! I am currently a sophomore at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and this summer I took Popular Culture and Social Change in Beijing. I plan on majoring in Political Science and I just started taking Chinese this past year. I had been to Beijing before, but I had never been to China and been able to communicate in Chinese with everybody. Now I've made a lot of Chinese friends and can talk much more easily with my mom in Chinese! hide

Elise Ahrens

The City, the River, the Sacred
Emerson College – Film Production Major

Hello all! My name's Elise and I'm a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston. I'm a film production major hoping to specialize in the direction of documentary. I studied with the Alliance program last fall in Varanasi. Right now I'm...

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Hello all! My name's Elise and I'm a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston. I'm a film production major hoping to specialize in the direction of documentary. I studied with the Alliance program last fall in Varanasi. Right now I'm editing four month of footage from my time abroad, annoying my roommates with loads of Bollywood music, and scheming other opportunites to get back to the subcontinent. It was a life changing experience, I'm looking forward to being a part of the process for new students in the future. hide

Emily Weaver

Xi'an and the Silk Road
Ohio University – Global Studies Major

Hey guys, my name is Emily Weaver and I am a Global Studies major with a focus on East Asia at Ohio University. I was part of the Xi'an and the Silk Road: Globalization Then and Now group. If you have any questions about chilling at Chinese...

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Hey guys, my name is Emily Weaver and I am a Global Studies major with a focus on East Asia at Ohio University. I was part of the Xi'an and the Silk Road: Globalization Then and Now group. If you have any questions about chilling at Chinese hospitals for hours on end or being the unofficial event planner of the group, I'm your girl! I'm looking forward to sharing my experience and advice with new/prospective Alliance students. Cheers! hide