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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!

Gwen Gardiner

Summer in Pune - Pune, China
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa - Psychology Major
gwendolyngardiner@gmail.com

Hello everyone! My name is Gwen Gardiner and I'm a senior studying Psychology at the University of Alabama. This past summer I studied in Pune, India and conducted a psychological research project as part of my senior honors thesis for my university. It was an incredible experience to be able to carry out research in a country as diverse as India, and I learned so much in the process. I’m looking forward to helping future students gain insight into the fascinating culture of India!

Jessica Martin

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Rollins College - International Relations and Asian Studies Major
jlmartin@rollins.edu

My name is Jessica Martin (feel free to call me Jess or 马洁丝-Ma3 Jie2 Si1). I'm a Junior at the beautiful Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Right now I'm studying International Relations and Asian Studies while minoring in Spanish and Economics, but I aim to study Museum Studies in graduate school. Experiencing culture, music, religion and natural wonders are of particular interest to me, though food and history certainly aren't far behind! Language-learning has been one of my strongest passions from a young age and one of my life goals is to become trilingual. I've learned that nothing can accelerate, authenticate and solidify cultural and foreign-language learning like spending time living "on site" in its country of origin. That's why I value traveling so much and seize every opportunity to go wherever the wind may take me!

Ashley Kareken

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Mount Holyoke College - Economics and Chinese Major
karek22a@mtholyoke.edu

Hi! My name is Ashley Kareken and I will be a senior at Mount Holyoke College this fall. I’m an Economics major and a Chinese minor. I’m pretty advanced in my study of Chinese but I love studying languages. I’ve also studied Spanish, French, Korean and a little Persian. I’m not sure what I’ll do what after I graduate, maybe work for a few years and get an MBA or maybe I will teach English in China or Korea. Traveling to China was my first time abroad but I would love to travel all around the world. I think it’s just a matter of time!

Fiza Hussain

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Mount Holyoke College - Economics Major
hussa22f@mtholyoke.edu

你们好!My name is Fiza Hussain, I am a senior at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, majoring in Economics and Global Business. I studied abroad with the Alliance  in Shanghai, China in the International Business program at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics during the Spring 2014 semester. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to share my experiences abroad in Asia with incoming students of the Alliance. The memories I made with friends who in a very short time became family, will be with me for life and continue to shape me as a person from here on. I believe that studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made since coming to Mount Holyoke and I want to be able to help others say the same thing about their experiences. China is a beautiful country located in an even more amazing continent, the people, the food, the language, it is all an experience that takes learning outside of the classroom to a new level.

Itunnuoluwa Awogbade

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
Rollins College - International Relations
iawogbade@rollins.edu

Hello my name is Itunnu, I am a senior at Rollins College in Florida, my major is international relations with a minor in cultural anthropology! I studied abroad in Shanghai in the Fall of 2016! The biggest lesson I learnt in China was that:"To travel is to take a journey into self"-Danny Kaye

Katreena Casallo

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Global Studies and Political Science Major
casallo2@illinois.edu

My name is Katreena Alyssa Casallo. I am from Chicago, Illinois and I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am majoring in Global studies focusing on international business and political science. I was born in the Philippines and have migrated to the States about 10 years ago. I have studied abroad each year of my undergrad, last year being with the Alliance Program in Shanghai 21st century.  I am an avid traveler, adventure junkie, cultural and historical buff. I love immersing myself into the known and getting lost to finding myself again.

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.

Grace Barksdale

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
North Central College - International Business
gebarksdale@aol.com

Hello! I am a junior at North Central College in Naperville, IL. I studied abroad Fall 2016 at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. My majors are International Business and Chinese, with a minor in Finance. I had a wonderful time studying abroad in China, and I had the opportunity to complete an internship and improve my Chinese language skills.

Joseph Wisniewski

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Bryant University - Finance Major
jwisniewski@bryant.edu

Hey! My name is Joe Wisniewski and I am a junior at Bryant University in Rhode Island studying Finance. I had the opportunity to study abroad with Alliance in Shanghai for my fall 2014 semester. What a great experience! This was an unbelievable trip where you show up knowing no one, and leave as one huge family. I couldn't have asked for more from the program Alliance provided (except maybe another semester or two). I look forward to ensuring others will make the right choice and study abroad with Alliance in the future to have the same experience I enjoyed in my time abroad!

Robert Rust

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Rollins College Winter Park - Economics Major
rrust@rollins.edu

Hi, my name is Robert Rust. I am currently a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl. I am Majoring in Economics with a Minor in English. In my free time, I enjoy both playing golf and rooting on my Florida State Seminoles. After college, I intend on moving to Shanghai, China with hopes of attending graduate school. Mark Twain, one of my favorite authors, once said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness."

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