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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!

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!

Cassidy Tanner

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
Wellesley College - International Relations and Political Science Major
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!

Phyllis Goode

21st Century City, Intensive Chinese Language - Shanghai, China
Austin College - International Relations & East Asian Languages and Culture Major
pgoode12@austincollege.edu

I’m Phyllis Goode, a current senior at Austin College. I’m a double major in International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese. I spent a year in Shanghai with the Alliance program spending the fall semester of 2014 with the language intensive program and spring semester of 2015 with the 21st century program. I’m a photography enthusiast, and I love spicy foods and mountains!

Hailey Elder

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
Colgate University - Asian Studies Major (Concentration: China)
helder@colgate.edu

大家好!My name is Hailey Elder, or 艾海莉。I am a Canadian senior at Colgate University, majoring in Asian Studies (concentration on China) and minoring in Biology. I studied abroad in Shanghai for two semesters – Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 – studying Chinese, blogging, taking photos of the sunrise, traveling around Southeast Asia, and eating way too much 麻辣烫。On my home campus, I’m a tour guide, Chinese tutor, I work at the study abroad office, and I host a weekly radio show. I cannot wait to tell you all about my two semesters with Alliance China and answer any questions you may have.

Nayaris Pena

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Mount Holyoke College - Economics Major
pena22n@mtholyoke.edu

My name is Nayaris Pena I am a senior at Mount Holyoke College studying Economics and Global Business. I enjoy working out and reading, but I must say I have a super soft spot for giving back to the community. I believe in giving back and helping others move forward. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to speak with students in my community about my experience in college, because just like them nothing was ever handed to me, but anything is possible with guidance and perseverance. I wish to motivate others towards their goals and aspirations.

Briona Jackson

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
University of Memphis - International Business Major
brionaojackson@gmail.com

Hello everyone, my name is Briona Jackson. I am a recent graduate from the University of Memphis with a BBA in International Business and minor in Chinese. I participated in the Spring 2015 International Business Program (Shanghai). As a graduate, I can say studying abroad in China was monumental and has been a major factor in my upcoming career choices. I learned a lot about Chinese business culture as well as management styles in China versus in the West. I also got to experience these differences firsthand through my participation in an internship. My time in China was awesome. I experienced growth as a student, professional and a person. If you have any questions about my time in China, I'd be more than happy to tell you about it!

Amy Bodner

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
University of Puget Sound - Economics & Chinese Language and Literature Major
amy.bodner44@gmail.com

你好! My name is Amy Bodner and I am a senior studying Economics and Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Puget Sound! I was fortunate enough to find the time to study abroad in Taiwan, Xi'an, and Shanghai. After a year of eating dumplings and taking pictures of giant Buddhas, I have returned stateside, ready to share my experiences!

Adrian Jennings

Summer in Shanghai - Shanghai, China
Wheaton College Massachusetts - Undeclared
jennings_adrian@wheatoncollege.edu

Hi, my name is Adrian Jennings. I am a sophomore at Wheaton College, and I have not yet declared my major though I am interested in the social sciences. I participated in the Summer 2015 Intensive Chinese Language programme in Shanghai, China, which only strengthened my interest in China and its people! I was challenged every day and learned a lot from my experience, and I would love to share what I've learned to help anyone interested in embarking on this journey!

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!

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