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!

Nayaris Pena

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Mount Holyoke College - Economics Major

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

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

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

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!

Kaily Williams

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Hamilton College - Art Major

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.

Lauren Boeckermann

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of South Carolina Columbia - Public Health Major

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

Alison Venable

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
American University - International Relations Major

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

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! 

Esha Dholia

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
American University - Public Health Major

My name is Esha (EE-sha), a second-year Public Health major at American University. I was so lucky to study in Manipal, India, through the Alliance's Global & Public Health Program in Fall 2015. My experience in India was incredibly vibrant and so fulfilling in every way. In addition to being involved academically through wonderful public and global health courses and the program's Directed Research component, I travelled quite often, made wonderful friends, and immersed myself fully in the local environment and lifestyle. I miss Manipal everyday and look forward to sharing my experience with you!


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