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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!

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.

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.

Kaily Williams

- , China
Hamilton College - Art Major
klwillia@hamilton.edu

My name is Kaily Liu Williams. I am 22 and I am a senior at Hamilton College in New York. I am majoring in studio art with a painting concentration. I am minoring in Asian Studies and Environmental Studies.    I was adopted at age 4 from Xiamen, China in the Fujian province. I have 5 siblings. Two older brothers, two older sisters and a younger sister. My younger sister and one of my older sisters were also both adopted from China.    I swim and I play soccer and tennis. I like sewing clothes and doing arts and crafts. I work as a lifeguard at Hamilton, Windsor public school and for Stanclift Cove in Barkhamsted.

Danielle Richer

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
Elon University - Psychology Major
dricher@elon.edu

Namaste! My name is Danielle Richer and I spent spring 2014 in Manipal, Karnataka, India. At my home school, Elon University, I study psychology and am pre-med. In India, I took classes in Public Health, Hindi and a Geopolitics class. My semester in India was one of the best experiences in my life so far. It was amazing to really get to know Manipal, from the academics to the students, but also getting to see and understand Southern India. I'm currently planning post graduation plans to go back!

Lauren Boeckermann

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of South Carolina Columbia - Public Health Major
laurenb@email.sc.edu

My name is Lauren Boeckermann and I am currently a junior at the University of South Carolina. I am pursuing a degree in Public Health with minors in Medical Humanities and Women and Gender Studies all while planning on attending medical school. In the spring of 2015, I participated in the Global and Public Health Program in Manipal, India. During my time abroad, I shadowed in the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department at the Manipal University Hospital and enjoyed my integrated Indian Film class. I have made it my mission to try all of the Indian restaurants in my college town to determine which restaurants have the best dosas and samosas. Studying abroad through the Alliance program has been my favorite collegiate experience to date and I can’t wait to meet prospective students.

Stephanie Merlino

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
Case Western Reserve University - Nutrition Major
sem117@case.edu

Alison Venable

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
American University - International Relations Major
AV9205A@student.american.edu

My name is Alison Venable, I am a senior at American University majoring in International relations with a focus on development and South Asia and minor in Education Studies. I work for the Center for Peacebuilding and Development and am a member of American University's Bhangra team. I plan to return to India next year and pursue a career in international education.

Sarah Weinbrom

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
George Washington University - Biology Major
scweinbrom@gwmail.gwu.edu

Hey there! My name is Sarah. I am a Junior at George Washington University in Washington, DC. I spent the Fall 2015 semester studying at Manipal University in Manipal, India, in the Global and Public Health program. I am working toward a degree in Biology, and hope to pursue a career in a health related field. Studying in India was an amazing way to broaden my knowledge of Public Health, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a meaningful study abroad experience! 

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