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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!

Gwen Gardiner

Summer in Pune - Pune, China
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa - Psychology Major
gwendolyngardiner@gmail.com

Hello everyone! My name is Gwen Gardiner and I'm a senior studying Psychology at the University of Alabama. This past summer I studied in Pune, India and conducted a psychological research project as part of my senior honors thesis for my university. It was an incredible experience to be able to carry out research in a country as diverse as India, and I learned so much in the process. I’m looking forward to helping future students gain insight into the fascinating culture of India!

Jessica Nguyen

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Smith College - Economics Major
jnguyen@smith.edu

My name is Jessica Nguyen and I am an economics major at Smith College! Last spring, I took Chinese and economics classes during my enrollment in the International Business in China program. Studying and living abroad was definitely an eye-opening experience and I would encourage anybody who considers studying abroad to do so! After last semester, I feel motivated to explore the rest of Asia. It would be a dream to travel the world! During my spare time, I like to read books, watch funny YouTube videos, take photos with my new Canon DSLR, and blog on curiosityinstyle.com.

Katy Kaestner

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
Trinity University - Chinese Studies Major
kkaestne@trinity.edu

Hello! My name is Katy Kaestner. I'm a student at Trinity University, heading into my last year of study. I'm double majoring in Chinese Studies and International Relations, and my time abroad with Alliance was pivotal in solidifying my love for my majors. I spent hours exploring the streets of Shanghai, investigating societal constructs that help turn Shanghai into the powerhouse it is today, pinpointing the best location to photograph the Bund at sunrise, and eating all of the amazing food that could be found. Feel free to check out my videographic experiences via YouTube!

Gregory Pallay

Summer in Shanghai, International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Franklin & Marshall College - Business Major
gregory.pallay@fandm.edu

Hello Alliance! My name is Gregory Pallay and I am now a senior in my fourth year of University at Franklin & Marshall College. My major is in Business, with a concentration in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in Chinese language.  I studied abroad from February 2014 to August of that same year.

Houda El Joundi

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Kenyon College - Economics Major
eljoundih@kenyon.edu

Yours truly, Houda, Economics major, Chinese minor and Asian Studies Concentrator at Kenyon College on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere in Ohio. I am very fond of writing and will most likely always get carried away in describing things. Thanks to The Alliance for Global Education, I spent four breath-taking months in Shanghai, studying Chinese and Economics and savoring 中国 (China) . I am an avid learner, a passionate traveler, and a global citizen of the world.

Jessica Martin

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Rollins College - International Relations and Asian Studies Major
jlmartin@rollins.edu

My name is Jessica Martin (feel free to call me Jess or 马洁丝-Ma3 Jie2 Si1). I'm a Junior at the beautiful Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Right now I'm studying International Relations and Asian Studies while minoring in Spanish and Economics, but I aim to study Museum Studies in graduate school. Experiencing culture, music, religion and natural wonders are of particular interest to me, though food and history certainly aren't far behind! Language-learning has been one of my strongest passions from a young age and one of my life goals is to become trilingual. I've learned that nothing can accelerate, authenticate and solidify cultural and foreign-language learning like spending time living "on site" in its country of origin. That's why I value traveling so much and seize every opportunity to go wherever the wind may take me!

Ashley Kareken

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Mount Holyoke College - Economics and Chinese Major
karek22a@mtholyoke.edu

Hi! My name is Ashley Kareken and I will be a senior at Mount Holyoke College this fall. I’m an Economics major and a Chinese minor. I’m pretty advanced in my study of Chinese but I love studying languages. I’ve also studied Spanish, French, Korean and a little Persian. I’m not sure what I’ll do what after I graduate, maybe work for a few years and get an MBA or maybe I will teach English in China or Korea. Traveling to China was my first time abroad but I would love to travel all around the world. I think it’s just a matter of time!

Fiza Hussain

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Mount Holyoke College - Economics Major
hussa22f@mtholyoke.edu

你们好!My name is Fiza Hussain, I am a senior at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, majoring in Economics and Global Business. I studied abroad with the Alliance  in Shanghai, China in the International Business program at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics during the Spring 2014 semester. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to share my experiences abroad in Asia with incoming students of the Alliance. The memories I made with friends who in a very short time became family, will be with me for life and continue to shape me as a person from here on. I believe that studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made since coming to Mount Holyoke and I want to be able to help others say the same thing about their experiences. China is a beautiful country located in an even more amazing continent, the people, the food, the language, it is all an experience that takes learning outside of the classroom to a new level.

Itunnuoluwa Awogbade

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
Rollins College - International Relations
iawogbade@rollins.edu

Hello my name is Itunnu, I am a senior at Rollins College in Florida, my major is international relations with a minor in cultural anthropology! I studied abroad in Shanghai in the Fall of 2016! The biggest lesson I learnt in China was that:"To travel is to take a journey into self"-Danny Kaye

Katreena Casallo

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Global Studies and Political Science Major
casallo2@illinois.edu

My name is Katreena Alyssa Casallo. I am from Chicago, Illinois and I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am majoring in Global studies focusing on international business and political science. I was born in the Philippines and have migrated to the States about 10 years ago. I have studied abroad each year of my undergrad, last year being with the Alliance Program in Shanghai 21st century.  I am an avid traveler, adventure junkie, cultural and historical buff. I love immersing myself into the known and getting lost to finding myself again.

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