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!

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.

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.

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! 

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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