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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!

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!

Tessa Ahner-Mchaffie

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
George Washington University - Public Health Major

Hello! I am Tessa, a senior studying public health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in India on the Alliance program for public health in Manipal. My semester in India helped me decide to work in global health after I graduate. The many different field visits we participated in broadened my view of both the reality of many health systems in developing countries as well as the change dedicated people in any community can make.  I look forward to sharing these experiences with others this semester!

Maria Esposito

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
American University -

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!

Rachael Siegel-Berele

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
Elon University - Human Services Major

Hello! My name is Rachael and I am a Human services major and public health and psychology minors from Elon University! I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and hope to one day be an occupational therapist, if my childhood dream of being a cartoon falls through. I studied abroad at Manipal University in India and miss it more and more with every day.

Victoria Hirsch

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of Alabama Birmingham - Psychology Major

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.

Samantha Giffen

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Public Health and Microbiology Major

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.

Melissa Kukowski

Summer in Pune - Pune, India
University of Pittsburgh - Neuroscience & Psychology Major

Hello! My name is Melissa Kukowski, and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh (H2P!). I am majoring in neuroscience and psychology, and minoring in chemistry, and hopefully, classics. I am an active member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and I work in an organic chemistry laboratory. My hometown is a small, rural town in northeast Pennsylvania called Susquehanna. I love photography, music, reading, running, and playing video games. I studied abroad in Pune, India this past summer and had the time of my life; I interned at the National Institute of Naturopathy, learned Kathak, traveled independently, and so much more.

Hannah Bahnmiller

Contemporary India - Pune, India
University of North Dakota Grand Forks - Anthropology Major

Hi everyone, my name is Hannah and I'm a student at the University of North Dakota. I studied abroad Fall 2012 in Varanasi, India and Spring 2013 in Pune, India. My experience in India was life changing. I love Indian culture and love to try my hand at cooking Indian food. I'm really excited to be an Alliance ambassador at UND because often times, people view study abroad as a chance to go to Europe and party, but going outside of your comfort zone to somewhere new and unknown can be the most life changing experience!

Toniann Maniscalco

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Georgetown University - Philosophy Major

Hello everyone! You can call me Toni. I'm looking forward to my last year as an undergraduate student studying philosophy and film at Georgetown University, and I have plans to pursue my master's degree in education and become a school teacher as well as continuing my work with film to become a documentarian. My passions include painting, reading, martial arts, whistling, writing, film, and animals. I also plan on continuing to travel, and to one day return to Pune to make more documentary films.

Elizabeth Shaw

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Smith College - Psychology Major

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Shaw and I studied abroad in Pune, India my spring semester Junior year. I am from Seattle, WA and I am a senior at Smith college. I am getting a degree in Psychology, Exercise and Sport Studies and Public Health. I had such an amazing time during by study abroad experience and I am so glad it got to be in a place as wonderful as Pune. I am so excited to be an alumni advisor to help future students also have as great of an experience as I did.


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