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GLOBAL AMBASSADORS

Meet our Global Ambassadors!

Global Ambassadors are returned study abroad students who are here to help students interested in going overseas find their way through the application and advising process.  Feel free to contact any of the Global Pirates with questions!

You can apply to be a Global Ambassador here.  Applications are open through August 20!


Amanda

ECU in La Rochelle with Dr. Murphy, Summer 2017amanda

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Amanda, I'm from Raleigh, NC, and I'm currently in my third year at ECU. I'm a double Political Science and Communications major with a minor in French. I've always been intrigued by other cultures and the idea of traveling since I was young and I couldn't be happier that I've had the opportunity to experience those things here.

Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in La Rochelle, France for a language intensive program to earn credit for FREN 2003 and FREN 2004. Since it was a language intensive program, I did live with a host family. Although it really intimidated me in the beginning, I don't think I would have improved my French as much if I didn't have the opportunity to live in that setting.

What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
The best memories of my study abroad trip were definitely the excursions we took. In addition to living in La Rochelle, we also got to see Paris, Bordeaux, Normandy, Cognac. and Île-d'Aix. It really is one thing to see the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and other major monuments in photographs, but it's nothing in comparison to seeing them right in front of you. 

How has studying abroad helped your personal or professional life? 
Studying abroad has helped me in my personal and professional life because it taught me how to adapt and be accepting of new and different situations. Also, I had originally participated in this program to fulfill a language requirement, but this trip inspired me to add French as a minor so I could continue studying it. 

What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad? 
Seize every opportunity you have while you are there! Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you don't want to miss out on any potential experiences. Also if studying abroad is something that you're really on the fence about, definitely just go for it! It's perfectly normal to be nervous about going to a different place at first and you don't want to let that get in the way of such an amazing opportunity!

Do you have any future plans or ideas to travel abroad again? 
I'm thinking about going on the summer 2018 School of Communications trip to Switzerland and Italy!

You can email Amanda at currana15@students.ecu.edu with questions.

Shannon

ISEP University of Central Lancashire, England, Spring 2017shannon

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Shannon Hardy and I’m a third year Anthropology and Psychology major. I’ve always been interested in traveling and learning about other cultures. During my senior year of high school I went on a trip with my classmates to England, France, and Italy. After that I knew I wanted to travel more, and studying abroad seemed like the best option.
 
Where did you study abroad?
 I did an ISEP Exchange program to the University of Central Lancashire in Northern England for Spring Semester 2017.  UCLan is in a town called Preston about an hour northwest of Manchester. I took one class for my major, and two humanities electives.
 
What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
My favorite memory is going on a 16-day trip to 5 cities in 4 different countries with some of my closest friends and getting to spend time with them while seeing new places. I loved being able to make close friendships with people that I will have for the rest of my life. Having the ability to go to another country for a weekend trip also amazed me.
 
How has studying abroad helped your personal or professional life?
Studying abroad made me a more outgoing person, as well as making me more independent and confident in my abilities to navigate new places. Because I had close friends who were German, I decided to take German in school, which will give me a valuable skill for future employers.
 
What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad?
Don’t be afraid to go somewhere alone! You don’t need to go to the same schools your friends go to. Studying abroad without knowing anyone at your host school allows you to form whole new friendships, and since you are all in similar situations you will have lots of things in common. If you’re worried about being homesick and you don’t want to be gone for a semester, don’t forget you can facetime your friends and family and you won’t be homesick when you’re traveling new countries with your close friends.
 
Do you have any future plans or ideas to travel abroad again?
I’m actually already planning to go back to Berlin in summer of 2019 when my best friends have graduated to have a reunion and hopefully see some places I didn’t get to in my semester. I also plan to do more traveling within America in the meantime.

Email Shannon at hardys15@students.ecu.edu for more information about her experience!


Rachel

ISEP Yonsei University, Korea, Summer 2017 rachel

Tell us about yourself.
I am a sophomore intended nursing major from Charlotte, NC. I was born and raised in Charlotte and had never been outside of the Americas until I studied abroad this summer. I enjoy traveling, experiencing new cultures, and meeting new people.

Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea at Yonsei University during summer 2017 where I took a Korean language course and social psychology. I stayed in an on-campus university dormitory with a roommate.

What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
My favorite memory from my time abroad was seeing and exploring the Fortress Wall of Seoul and Ihwa Mural Village with my friends. We were able to experience different aspects of South Korea from a historical wall that was built in the 14th century to modern day art and murals within a village.

How has studying abroad helped your personal or professional life?
Studying abroad has helped me to become more personable and independent by forcing myself to speak with strangers, make new friends, and figure out how to live on my own. These are important skill as a hopeful future nurse who will need to have good interpersonal skills since I will be constantly interacting with many people every day. Studying abroad has also allowed me to learn more of another language that could be helpful as a nurse if I have patients that can only speak Korean and need someone to communicate with and translate.

What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad?
If you are interested in studying abroad but the only thing holding you back is fear, then you should just do it and force yourself to go. Although it may seem overwhelming and scary, the experiences you have abroad will make it all worth it.

Do you have any future plans or ideas to travel abroad again?
I definitely plan to travel back to South Korea someday and hopefully study abroad again before I graduate.

Contact Rachel at pakr16@students.ecu.edu for more details about studying abroad with ISEP in the summer and South Korea.

 

Kaitlyn

ECU Italy Intensives, Summer 2017 kaitlyn

Tell us about yourself. 
My name is Kaitlyn West, I am from Durham, NC and am a junior here at ECU. I am a Communications major with a concentration in public relations. I love to travel and was fortune enough to visit four countries this past summer in Europe. Outside of my time aboard I really enjoy reading, painting, and being outdoors.
 
Where did you study abroad?
I was a part of the Italy Intensives summer program and got to study all throughout Italy. I took nine credit hours at the ECU campus in Certaldo, Italy. We stayed in apartments on campus which was really enjoyable as I got to bond with other students on my program.
 
What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
It's hard to narrow down one thing as my favorite memory so I would say I really enjoyed traveling to all these places like Florence, Venice, Amalfi Coast and Naples as I learned about them throughout my life and was finally able to experience it firsthand. 
 
How has studying abroad helped your personal or professional life? 
Studying abroad has greatly affected my personal life as I made some really genuine friendships and grew greatly in my feeling of independence and confidence. Professionally, studying abroad has been great as a networking tool since a lot of my professors and peers like to ask me about my time abroad.
 
What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad? 
I would advise to start planning sooner rather than later. Joining a program takes some planning and the earlier you start the more you can utilize resources ECU offers and scholarship opportunities. Studying abroad is by far one of the best experiences I've had so don't miss out!
 
Do you have any future plans or ideas to travel abroad again? 
I am currently looking into possibly spending a semester abroad in the United Kingdom!

Contact Kaitlyn for more information about her experience at westk15@students.ecu.edu.

 

Shana

ISEP University of Chester, England, Spring 2017 shana

Tell us about yourself. 
 Hi, my name is Shana McCusker, I am originally from New Jersey, and I am a junior at East Carolina University. I study Speech and Hearing Sciences, in hopes to go to graduate school, and someday be a speech therapist for young children. Traveling has always intrigued me, so I found studying abroad to be the most amazing experience!
 
Where did you study abroad? (What types of classes, where did you live, etc)

I studied abroad in the United Kingdom, at the University of Chester in Chester, England for spring semester of my sophomore year. Since I was in the process of applying into my major of speech and hearing sciences, I pretty much had free range to take whatever classes I wanted to while I was abroad, as almost all of them would come back as elective credit. I chose to take a couple psychology classes, and took an English class to fulfill my Humanities credit. I lived in a university linked house with 5 other girls from England which was really cool!
 
What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
My favorite memory from my time abroad was just meeting so many new people who I will be friends with forever. I met girls from Australia, Finland, and Germany who I now consider my best friends, and still talk to on a daily basis! Also, traveling to so many amazing places in Europe for so cheap was absolutely incredible! I saw the most breathtaking places, that I only ever imagined seeing in magazines! Lagos, Portugal and Positano, Italy were two of my favorite places to travel to!
 
How has studying abroad helped your personal or professional life? 
Studying abroad has definitely helped both my personal and professional life. I’ve learned so much more information about different cultures, and gained a newfound appreciation for all of these cultures and how we interact together. I also learned a lot about myself, and proved how independent I can be, to go abroad by myself for almost 6 months. I’ve learned to be adventurous and spontaneous, because who know when you will get to do this again!
 
What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad? 
 For any students interested in studying abroad, I would tell them GO FOR IT!! This is a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you with everlasting memories that you cannot make anywhere else. You think that you will miss home when you go away, but trust me, you won’t,  because you will fall in love with the new culture you are a part of!
 
Do you have any future plans or ideas to travel abroad again? 
I most definitely have future plans to travel abroad again! I am looking into possibly going to graduate school abroad. If that does not work out, I will definitely try to travel as much as I can in my free time!


 

Ryan

Non-ECU, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Spring 2017 ryan


Tell us about yourself. 
My name is Ryan Cummins, I am 20 years old from Charlotte, NC. My intended major is Communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in film. I enjoy adventure, being outside, hip hop, and a little risk.
 
Where did you study abroad? (What types of classes, where did you live, etc)
I Studied at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape of South Africa for 5.5 months. Stellenbosch is an Afrikaans town in the heart of the Cape Winelands surrounded by beautiful mountains while still only being 30 minutes from the beach. I lived in an off campus coed flat that I shared with seven other international students from France, Germany, and Austria. During the semester I took 13 credits that counted towards my elective requirements.
 
What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
My favorite memory’s from studying abroad are travelling to Madagascar for two weeks on fall break with two friends I met at my University and my favorite memory from South Africa specifically was going to the Tankwa Karoo National Park for AfrikaBurn 2017.
 
How has studying abroad helped your personal or professional life? 
Studying Abroad has resulted in me becoming a more active and outgoing person, from being in a country all alone initially you are almost forced to step out of your box. Being more isolated from life back home gave me important time to think about what I really want for myself and future. The most valuable thing I gained from study abroad was a stronger perspective on the world and global issues. It is easy to rationalize and normalize your beliefs on things but going to another country, living with people from other cultures, and seeing what else is out there really shakes that up and helps you form stronger and more understanding views on the world.
 
What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad? 
My advice to anyone studying abroad is to just go for it and choose somewhere you are passionate about. I decided I would study abroad one semester before I left and it was definitely the most adventurous, meaningful and unforgettable thing I’ve done. Also somewhere with a favorable exchange rate is a plus!

Do you have any future plans or ideas to travel abroad again? 
I plan to travel to travel to Asia next semester or summer and am considering working abroad with the Peace Corps or similar organization after I graduate for a few years.

For more information about South Africa or navigating a Non-ECU program email Ryan at cumminsr15@students.ecu.edu.

 


 

HunterHunter Marshall
Duale Hochschule Baden Wurttemburg, Germany, Spring 2015
UNCEP- Universitat Mannheim, Germany, Fall 2015 and Fall 2017

Tell us about yourself! 
I graduated from ECU in December 2016 with a degree in German studies and am currently a graduate student in the International Studies program.

What advice can you offer to students interested in studying abroad?
I would recommend to anyone interested in studying abroad, to just do your research on the country that'll best fit to your major/ interests and make sure to pack light, cause more than half the stuff you come with, won't come back with you! 

Do you plan on studying abroad again? 
I enjoyed my study abroad experience so much, that I plan on doing it again for my master's degree and would strongly recommend studying abroad to any student looking for a positive, life-changing experience.

How has study abroad helped you personally?
When I studied abroad, I was a junior at ECU and had never even flown before. At the time, I was excited, but didn't really know what to expect. Looking back, studying abroad was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I wouldn't trade the friendships and experiences for anything. One of the hardest aspects of studying abroad is overcoming that initial period of homesickness and culture shock, but once you start making friends and getting used to your city, you really start forgetting about all of that!

You can contact Hunter at marshallhu13@students.ecu.edu