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Study Abroad Peer Advisors

Was your study abroad program a memorable and rewarding experience?  Want to share that experience and serve as a resource for future College of Charleston study abroad students? Apply to be a Study Abroad Peer Advisor!

Job Description

The College of Charleston Study Abroad Peer Advisor program provides former study abroad students with an organized outlet for discussing and promoting the College’s study abroad offerings.  You are trained to work and engage with prospective study abroad students and assist the Center for International Education with study abroad recruitment efforts.   This is a volunteer position consisting of approximately 1-5 hours per week during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The schedule will vary on a weekly basis depending on the Center for International Education’s need.

The following is a list of duties expected from Study Abroad Peer Advisors:

  • Conduct general information sessions for prospective study abroad participants and guide prospective students as they begin researching study abroad options
  • Present study abroad options to classes, residence halls and student organizations
  • Assist with study abroad fairs, pre-departure orientation and re-entry programming
  • Attend all training sessions and meetings set by Center for International Education staff

Desired Qualifications

Applicants must be College of Charleston students in good standing (GPA: 2.5+) who have studied abroad at least once on a program approved by the College (CofC, exchange, or affiliate) while pursuing their degree. You must have at least two semesters remaining in your degree to be eligible for the program (i.e. graduate no earlier than May 2016).

Applications

All peer advisor applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year must submit an online application form and upload a current résumé by April 24th, 2015.  Please note that you cannot save this form and come back to finish it later.  Therefore, please be prepared to complete the entire online application in one sitting.  In order to prepare for the application, you can refer to this PDF version of the application as a reference.  Only online submissions will be accepted. 

Contact

For more information on the Study Abroad Peer Advisor program, please contact: Gabriela Peschiera, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Center for International Education.

2015-2016 Peer Advisors

Sarah Cohen

Class Rank: Junior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Art History

Email: cohensf@g.cofc.edu

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: CofC Faculty-Led Program - Art History in Italy; Rome, Italy

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

Studying abroad gave me an unparalleled insight into the art and culture of European countries while introducing me to some of my best friends along the way. One can study civilizations for years, but unless you travel and experience them for yourself you will never truly grasp what it means to be a part of that culture. I hope to encourage other students to find a program that suits their studies and financial abilities in order to be able to take their education to a higher level of global understanding- while making some amazing memories along the way.

International Experience:

Prior to my study abroad experiences I had been to London and Mexico on family vacations. My first summer study abroad program took me to Rome, Prato, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, Venice & Capri. The second summer study abroad program allowed me to return to London and to Paris for the first time. Over the same summer I traveled to Copenhagen, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia on a National Geographic Expedition to hike the Slovenian Alps. In the winter of 2015 I will be traveling to Amsterdam, Germany and Switzerland with my family.


Diana Devine

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology and French

Email: devinedm@g.cofc.edu 

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Universite Catholique de Lille - France

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I know how many questions about everything I had when I was getting ready to study abroad, so I figured that now that I've gone through the whole process, it's time to help other people figure out what's going on. 

International Experience:

I spent three weeks in France the summer after I graduated high school, to visit a friend who had stayed with me during the previous year; during spring break my freshman year, I went on an Alternative Spring Break to Costa Rica; and I just got back from a semester in Lille, France, where I got to take weekend trips to visit 13 different countries. 


Jack Fultz

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Communication

Email: fultzje@g.cofc.edu

Study Abroad Program: Affiliate Program, IES Dublin, Ireland

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

International Experience:


Ariail HarrisonOlivia LaRussa

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mathematics/French

Email: harrisona@g.cofc.edu 

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Universite Catholique de Lille - France & University of Tartu - Estonia

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a peer advisor because I know how helpful it is to have a student come alongside of an exchange student who is experiencing a lot of new things all at the same time. I also wanted to continue the experience of being around students from a variety of cultures. 

International Experience:

My current list of visited countries is 21 countries from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The trips varied from service trips to vacations to studying abroad.


Cailin JohnsonHannah Polakowski

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies/Asian Studies 

Email: johnsonca1@g.cofc.edu

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: CofC Faculty-Led Program - United Kingdom; Affiliate Program - USM London, England;  API Dubrovnik, Croatia; Affiliate Program, USAC Chiang Mai, Thailand

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I became a Peer Advisor because I honestly love hearing about where other students have studied abroad in the past and where they want to go in the future! I think living and learning in another country and culture are so vitally important to a well-rounded education and life experience, so helping someone plan their academic adventure is something I'm really passionate about!

International Experience:

Besides studying abroad twice with a main base in England, I've also traveled to Scotland, Wales, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Croatia.


Jayelon Lasseigne

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies

Email: lasseignejk@g.cofc.edu 

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Kansai Gaidai University - Japan

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I had so many questions going through the orientation process that couldn't really be answered because none of the other peer advisors had studied in Asia. I want to help people who might be nervous about or considering going to Asia through College of Charleston, and share how amazing my experience was in Japan!

International Experience:

Japan was my first time out of the country.


Annika Liger

Class Rank: Junior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Anthropology and History

Email: ligerae@g.cofc.edu
Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Queen's Univeristy Belfast - United Kingdom

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a peer advisor because I had a truly fantastic time studying abroad and I want to encourage other students to take their own adventures. That being said though, I remember how many questions and worries I had before leaving, and now that I am back, I want to help answer students' questions and make it easier for them to prepare to study abroad.

International Experience:

In addition to studying abroad to Northern Ireland, I have also visited England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and France among others. 


Kayleigh RemavichGina Strickland

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Spanish/Political Science 

Email: remavichka@g.cofc.edu 

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Study Abroad Program: CofC Faculty-Led Program - Trujillo, Spain

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

Once starting college, studying abroad was always the one experience I wanted to have and couldn't wait to go abroad. I would love to help others have positive experiences abroad that are truly once in a lifetime. While it’s a great experience, it’s easy to be nervous or anxious before going abroad, I know I was, but it’s also worth every single minute. Because of my recent experience abroad, I remember what it’s like preparing to go abroad and the questions you don’t even know you have until too late. I would be able to help students prepare and help them figure out what to expect before departing.   

International Experience:

My study abroad experience in Trujillo, Spain was actually my first, and only, international experience. I stayed with a host family in Trujillo, Spain for 5 weeks during the summer, while taking two classes with professors and students from the College of Charleston. Staying with a host family was one the most eye opening experiences as you were afforded a glimpse of what the daily culture was really like. We had excursions to other parts of Spain as well. We went south to Andalucía, where we saw the Mezquita (Mosque) of Córdoba, the Alhambra in Granada and the cathedrals in Sevilla. We also spent some time in Madrid stopping in Toledo and Segovia along the way, and saw beautiful Spanish architecture and toured museums. I was able to put the Spanish language, culture and history I had learned in my classes to use. While this has been my only international experience to date, I am looking forward to my next adventure!


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