Contact A Program Graduate

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!

Tiana Winstead

- Beijing, China
Rhodes College - International Studies & Political Science Major

Tiana is a college student that embarked on a journey of her lifetime to explore the landscape and people of China in her spring semester of her Junior year. She is currently at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee USA (pursuing an International Studies and Political Science major and Chinese minor) but attended Beijing Language and Culture University. Growing up in a rural town and farming community Tiana has always been captivated by the international community and its diverse culture, languages, and traditions. She believes that despite the differences among all human beings "we" share the single most vital thing: this world, and with that "we" are all interconnected. She writes with the intentions of inspiring, motivating, and informing others.

Connor Owens

Intensive Chinese Language - Beijing, China
Bentley University - Corporate Finance and Accounting Major

Hi, my name is Connor Owens and I'm going to be a Senior at Bentley University in Massachusetts majoring in Corporate Finance and Accounting. While with the Alliance, I participated in the Intensive Chinese Language Program in Beijing, and had a home stay family right down the street from BLCU. Now that I'm back, I look forward to being able to help students take the leap of faith and study in China. It was the best four months of my life, completely immersed in the capital city of China! Ask me anything from social life in Beijing to the Intensive Language classes!

Anna Mancl

- Beijing, China
North Central College - Music Education and Chinese Major

你好! My name is Anna Mancl and I’m currently a sophomore at North Central College in Naperville, IL. I’m majoring in Music, Education, Chinese, and East Asian Studies. I spent Fall 2015 in Beijing. Studying in Beijing was a life-changing experience. I played in BLCU’s symphony orchestra and made many great Chinese friends that way. One of my most memorable experiences was volunteering every week at a migrant children’s elementary school. I was so grateful for all the opportunities I had in Beijing and I truly hope to live there again someday.  

Andrea Cardenas

- Beijing, China
Boston College - Political Science and Sociology Major

My name is Andrea and I am a senior at Boston College. I am majoring in Political Science and Sociology as well as minoring in International Studies. I am involved in a variety of things on campus including the student government, the Organization of Latin American Affairs, and intramural basketball. I was born in Colombia but my family now happily resides in a suburb of New Jersey. I am very laid back and very open to most things. I welcome any questions or opportunities to talk!

Lizzy Austad

- Beijing, China
Amherst College - Computer Science & Psychology Major

Hi! My name is Lizzy and I am a senior at Amherst College pursuing a double major in Psychology and Computer Science. I was part of the Popular Culture and Social Change Spring 2015 program in Beijing, China. While I was in China, I studied calligraphy, learned how to play Chinese Chess, explored Tianjin and Sichuan, and met some incredible lifelong friends. I had such a fantastic time that I am now planning to return to China to attend graduate school. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!

Kelsey Hamilton

- Beijing, China
Kenyon College - Economics Major

Hi all!  My name is Kelsey Hamilton, and I studied abroad with the Alliance in spring 2014 in Beijing with the Popular Culture and Social Change program.  I had an amazing time there and learned more than I ever thought possible—China is a fascinating place, and especially so in this day and age.  I’m currently a senior at Kenyon College, with a major in Economics and minors in both Chinese and Asian Studies, and I look forward to speaking with you all soon!

Eva Cohn

- Beijing, China
Temple University - Anthropology Major

Nihao! My name is Eva Cohn and I am interested in all things Chinese! I had the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing through the Popular Culture and Social Change program (Fall 2013) and in Xi’an through the Xi’an and the Silk Road program (Spring 2014).  I learned more about Chinese politics and society, environmental concerns and sustainable development as well as art and food.  As an Anthropology major and Chinese minor at Temple University, I found the Alliance to fit all my academic and personal needs through their diverse programs.  Come talk to me about your Chinese interests!

Kristen Prevost

- Beijing, China
Kenyon College - International Studies Major

I am currently a senior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio majoring in International Studies with a focus in East Asia. I knew I wanted to begin studying Mandarin after participating in a class trip to China in 2010. Taken by the country’s breadth of history and culture, I dedicated myself to studying the language so that I could one day return and be able to better immerse myself in the culture. I have been studying Mandarin for four years now and participated in Alliance’s Popular Culture and Social Change program in Beijing during the 2014 spring semester. After graduation, I hope to keep the ball rolling on my Chinese studies and return to China to continue my education on the language, culture, and history that I have grown to love!

Alana Perez

- Beijing, China
Denison University - Political Science Major

Hey there! Alana Perez here, Denison University senior, political science major, and book enthusiast. After seven years of Chinese language study, I finally had the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing during the spring of 2015. I loved China so much, I will be going back for two more years as a Peace Corps volunteer! In college, I have further delved into the realm of international relations by focusing on the China-United States relationship and the importance of cultural understanding in diplomatic matters. Personally, this aspect is a key influential factors in promoting a healthy, stable international community.

Gwen Gardiner

Summer in Pune - Pune, China
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa - Psychology Major

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!


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