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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!

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.

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.

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.

Joseph Wisniewski

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Bryant University - Finance Major
jwisniewski@bryant.edu

Hey! My name is Joe Wisniewski and I am a junior at Bryant University in Rhode Island studying Finance. I had the opportunity to study abroad with Alliance in Shanghai for my fall 2014 semester. What a great experience! This was an unbelievable trip where you show up knowing no one, and leave as one huge family. I couldn't have asked for more from the program Alliance provided (except maybe another semester or two). I look forward to ensuring others will make the right choice and study abroad with Alliance in the future to have the same experience I enjoyed in my time abroad!

Robert Rust

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Rollins College Winter Park - Economics Major
rrust@rollins.edu

Hi, my name is Robert Rust. I am currently a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl. I am Majoring in Economics with a Minor in English. In my free time, I enjoy both playing golf and rooting on my Florida State Seminoles. After college, I intend on moving to Shanghai, China with hopes of attending graduate school. Mark Twain, one of my favorite authors, once said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness."

Francisca Del Pino

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Rollins College Winter Park - International Business Major
fdelpino@rollins.edu

Hi! My name is Francisca del Pino and I am a junior at Rollins College, Florida. I am majoring in International Business and minoring in Asian Studies. I was born in Chile, but I've had the opportunity to have also lived in Japan and Ecuador because of my dad's job. Having to move as much as I have, I've learned to appreciate different cultures and grown interest about others. For my Fall 2014 semester I had the chance to study abroad in Shanghai, China. It was by far the best experience I have ever had, and I can't wait to share it with others interested in going as well!

Thomas Athan

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
College of New Jersey - Finance Major
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.

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.

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!

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