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!

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!

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!

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.

Danielle Richer

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
Elon University - Psychology Major

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!

Jessica Fries

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Smith College - History and Medieval Studies Major

Hello! My name is Jessa. I am a senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA double majoring in history and medieval studies. I studied in Pune last spring with the Contemporary India program and loved it. Pune is a wonderful, diverse, welcoming city and anyone ready to explore will have an incredible time there. Doing a research project, living with a host family, and traveling as much as possible is what made the program for me. I am already looking for ways to get back there again. I’m so thankful to have had this experience and am looking forward to connecting with prospective students.

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.

Shola Powell

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Georgetown University - Anthropology and French Major

I am a Junior at Georgetown University double majoring in Anthropology and French. During the fall 2015 semester I studied abroad in Pune, India in the Contemporary India program. I wish I could say I am from a particular hometown, but the truth is I have never lived in one place for longer than five years; for now I call Atlanta, Georgia home. I love to travel and learn about other cultures. Living and learning in India was an amazing opportunity for me, during which I stepped out of my comfort zone and immersed myself in a new, vibrant culture.

Katie Chapin

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Bethel University - Anthropology Major

Namaskar! My name is Katie and I study Anthropology, Reconciliation Studies, and Philosophy at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I spent Spring 2014 in Pune, India and couldn't have asked for a more rewarding experience! I was able to complete my internship there as well as take interesting classes on entrepreneurship and social justice. I even learned some Hindi along the way! I think studying in Asia is one of the smartest and most rewarding places to go for a semester abroad - there are countless cultures to learn from and a million things to see. I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about the India program - it will be the time of your life!


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