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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!

Ryan Salame

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Accounting and Economics Major
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.

Grace Barksdale

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
North Central College - International Business
gebarksdale@aol.com

Hello! I am a junior at North Central College in Naperville, IL. I studied abroad Fall 2016 at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. My majors are International Business and Chinese, with a minor in Finance. I had a wonderful time studying abroad in China, and I had the opportunity to complete an internship and improve my Chinese language skills.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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