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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!

Jessica Fries

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Smith College - History and Medieval Studies Major
jfries@smith.edu

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.

Katie Chapin

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Bethel University - Anthropology Major
kac77764@bethel.edu

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!

Leslie Weaver

Contemporary India - Pune, India
College of Wooster - Anthropology Major
laweaver15@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Leslie—a senior at the College of Wooster majoring in Anthropology and minoring in South Asian Studies.  I studied with the Alliance both Fall 2013 in Varanasi and Spring 2014 in Pune.  Spending nine months in India was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career and I think everyone should have the chance to study abroad!  I am so excited to share my experience with other students and encourage others to create a wonderful study abroad experience for themselves.

Hilit Jacobson

Contemporary India - Pune, India
American University - Public Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major
hj2019a@student.american.edu

Namaskar! My name is Hilit Jacobson and I am an Atlanta native now living in DC. I am a Public Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major at American University. I'd like call myself an advocate for adventure and taking risks which is the main reason I went to Pune, India last fall. I had a beautiful experience there that has shaped many parts of who I am and what I think about. I also love music and hole in the wall restaurants--two things that I definitely found in India.

Angela Graciano

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Franklin & Marshall College - Business and Public Health Major
agracian@fandm.edu

Hi! My name is Angela and am a senior at Franklin & Marshall College pursuing a joint major in Business and Public Health. I was part of the Contemporary India (Pune, India) spring 2014 program. During my time in India I interned with an amazing organization, learned how to dance Kathak, and explored India’s diverse culture. Overall, studying abroad in India broadened my perspectives and helped me step out of my comfort zone.  As an ambassador, I look forward to sharing my experiences to those who want to embark on this amazing journey!

Shola Powell

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Georgetown University - Anthropology and French Major
sjp71@georgetown.edu

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.

Samuel Parker

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Macalester College - Religious Studies & Media and Cultural Studies Major
sparker1@macalester.edu

My name is Sam Parker, and I am a senior at Macalester College.  I am a Religious Studies and Media & Cultural Studies double major.  I will be the chair of the meditation group on campus, Sitting @ Mac. In the Spring of 2014, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Pune as part of the Contemporary India program.  I had an incredible experience taking classes and immersing myself into the cultural. The opportunity to stay with a host family and travel throughout the country were just added bonuses.  I hope that as an Ambassador I can share my experience with other students and tell them about the beauty of Pune!

Nate Warszawski

Contemporary India - Pune, India
American University - International Studies Major
nw5540a@american.edu

Born and raised in New Jersey, I am a third year student at American University majoring in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration. As part of my education, I spent a semester with the Alliance for Global Education in Pune on the Contemporary India program. I enjoyed traveling and learning about Indian culture.  Back home, I am part of my school’s Bhangra team and Bollywood dance team. I also work as an RA and participate in Greek life. I enjoy reading Agatha Christie mystery novels and watching Netflix on the weekends.

Sarah Chapell

Contemporary India - Pune, India
American University - International Relations Major
sc9007a@american.edu

Hi! My name is Sarah and I'm a junior at American University, majoring in international relations with a focus on environmental sustainability and global health. My time in Pune with the Contemporary India program was one of the most challenging, exciting, and illuminating experiences of my life. Between living with an awesome host family, learning traditional Maharashtrian painting skills, interning for an environmental organization, and so much more, I feel I have made an incredible decision in studying abroad in India. Because the choice can seem a little daunting at first, I hope to answer any questions anyone may have to learn more about this great opportunity!

Rayna Burdette

The City, the River, the Sacred - Varanasi, India
University of South Carolina Columbia - Social Work Major
burdetrs@email.sc.edu

Hello! My name is Rayna and I am pursuing a junior Social Work major at the University of South Carolina. I studied abroad in Varanasi, India through Alliance's "The City, the River, the Sacred" program during the spring of 2014. Though I had traveled prior to departing for India, I had never gone to Asia or anywhere like it before. The city is endlessly fascinating, the people are amazing, and the chai is delicious. Stateside, I am in a service sorority on campus, work two part-time jobs, and, to my Indian host mother's horror, wear shorts regularly.

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