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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!

Cassidy Tanner

21st Century City
Wellesley College
ctanner@wellesley.edu

My name is Cassidy Tanner. I am a junior at Wellesley College, where I am studying International Relations and Political Science. I spent Fall of 2014 in Shanghai, China, as part of the Alliance 21st Century City program. I love languages, reading, travel, and talking about nuclear weapons. I can't wait to meet you!

Samantha Giffen

Global and Public Health
University of Massachusetts Amherst
samaroseg@gmail.com

Namaste! My name is Samantha Giffen, and I am currently a junior studying public health and microbiology as University of Massachusetts Amherst. I studied abroad in the Global and Public Health Program in Manipal India during Fall Semester 2014. This program taught me a lot about public health and gave me a better perspective in the idea of global health. I learned a lot from my Surveillance of Infectious Disease Class as well as my Ayurveda and Indian Traditions of Healing Class. I also participated in Directed Research in a Microbiology lab which I thought was a very valuable learning experience.

Ryan Salame

International Business in China
University of Massachusetts Amherst
ryan.salame@gmail.com

Hello everyone, my name is Ryan Salame and I am a senior at Umass Amherst seeking a dual degree Accounting and Economics with a minor in African American studies. I have long participated in Martial Arts earning a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I will be working for EY in Boston come October 2015 as a Tax Professional. I'm from a small town called Sandisfield in Western MA and have lived here all my life! After studying abroad in China, I made an amazing friend who introduced me to a program call Bike and Build. So this summer (between CPA exams) I will be biking from the East Coast to the West Coast building homes for low income families.

Victoria Hirsch

Global and Public Health
University of Alabama Birmingham
vchir@uab.edu

Hi! I am a Psychology student at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. I studied at Manipal University during the Fall semester of 2014. It was truly a wonderful experience for me and led to lots of brain expansion for sure. I believe that spending time abroad helps to eliminate ignorance and encourages open mindness. As far as I can tell, no other American based study abroad program facilitates that experience better than The Alliance. This is why I am excited to be an Alumni Ambassador so that I can help future students wanting to study abroad plan their trip the best way possible and be prepared for the new semester.

Thomas Athan

International Business in China
College of New Jersey
tathan47@gmail.com

Ni Hao, my name is Tom. Here in the U.S. I study finance and Chinese at the College of New Jersey. I was fortunate enough to enhance my studies of both of these subjects last Fall semester while studying in Shanghai, China. Studying in abroad was without a doubt the most impactful experience of my life, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who has the ability to do so.

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