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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!

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!

Eric Beresheim

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Siena College - Finance
e27bere@siena.edu

Hello, my name is Eric Beresheim, I attend Siena College. I am majoring in Finance and minoring in Entrepreneurship. I studied abroad in Shanghai, People's Republic of China through Alliance. China offers a great sense of international business and a culture shock that spreads through commerce, communication, and tons of things custom to eastern culture.

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.

Eva Cohn

- Beijing, China
Temple University - Anthropology Major
tud17104@temple.edu

Nihao! My name is Eva Cohn and I am interested in all things Chinese! I had the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing through the Popular Culture and Social Change program (Fall 2013) and in Xi’an through the Xi’an and the Silk Road program (Spring 2014).  I learned more about Chinese politics and society, environmental concerns and sustainable development as well as art and food.  As an Anthropology major and Chinese minor at Temple University, I found the Alliance to fit all my academic and personal needs through their diverse programs.  Come talk to me about your Chinese interests!

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.

Victoria Hirsch

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of Alabama Birmingham - Psychology Major
vchir@uab.edu

Hi! I am a Psychology student at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. I studied at Manipal University during the Fall semester of 2014. It was truly a wonderful experience for me and led to lots of brain expansion for sure. I believe that spending time abroad helps to eliminate ignorance and encourages open mindness. As far as I can tell, no other American based study abroad program facilitates that experience better than The Alliance. This is why I am excited to be an Alumni Ambassador so that I can help future students wanting to study abroad plan their trip the best way possible and be prepared for the new semester.

Maria Esposito

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
American University -
me3126a@student.american.edu

My name is Maria Esposito and I am from Long Island, NY. I am a new ambassador this semester. Currently, I am a junior studying Public Health at American University. I studied abroad last semester in India at Manipal University. And since returning, I am missing it a lot. The most impactful moments for me while abroad was volunteering and being able to conduct my own research project. I am excited to meet all of you!

Samantha Giffen

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Public Health and Microbiology Major
samaroseg@gmail.com

Namaste! My name is Samantha Giffen, and I am currently a junior studying public health and microbiology as University of Massachusetts Amherst. I studied abroad in the Global and Public Health Program in Manipal India during Fall Semester 2014. This program taught me a lot about public health and gave me a better perspective in the idea of global health. I learned a lot from my Surveillance of Infectious Disease Class as well as my Ayurveda and Indian Traditions of Healing Class. I also participated in Directed Research in a Microbiology lab which I thought was a very valuable learning experience.

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!

Stephanie Merlino

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

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