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Student Ambassadors

Meet our student ambassadors!

Learn more about the European Study Center (ESC) semester abroad program from real students who are at the European Study Center right now or who have already studied abroad in Strasbourg.

 
 
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Fall 2018 Social Media Ambassador

Matthew Konle

Matthew Konle

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Social Media Ambassdor

1. What is your current year and academic concentration in college?
I am a junior, third year, at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and my academic concentration is focused around the several major business tracks. I am still in the process of deciding what field I would like to study specifically.

2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
I have traveled a little bit abroad before however I have mostly traveled throughout the United States and a little bit to the Caribbean. I have been fortunate enough to recently travel to London, France, and a little bit of Switzerland for some sight seeing and adventuring.

3. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
During my study abroad program I am mostly looking forward to meeting new and great people but also traveling and seeing the world with new friends that I meet along the way.

4. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
I have not studied abroad before so this is all very new and very exciting.

5. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
I chose The ESC Strasbourg program because it is such a well-known business University and I felt I could get the best education from my classes. I also chose this program because of the location of Central Europe which grants access to travel for fun but also for networking purposes. Another reason I chose the ESC Strasbourg program was because I liked the way the housing was set up and thought it would be an amazing opportunity as well as having the second family feeling with the coordinators and students.

6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
Some main interest and hobbies of mine would consist of photography, snowboarding, and rock climbing. I love the natural beauty of different regions and photography is one way I can capture that. I also love the feeling of being on top of the world so snowboarding and rock climbing both give me that breathtaking and exciting sensation. I also enjoy hiking, whether that consists of a nice relaxing walk through a park to backpacking through some mountain terrain.

7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Back in the beginning of my high school career I took German but over time of not necessarily needing to use it, I thought it would be a good challenge to relearn and finally immerse myself a little to use what I had learned.

8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
I expect to have a lot of fun and to hopefully meet a lot of fun and energetic people that are in the same or similar position that I am in; This being people who took a leap and decided to move somewhere completely different for a semester. I also hope to learn a lot about French culture as well as the language. Lastly, I expect to gain a lot of real world business experience and to really dig into my studies to prepare me for the future.

Mariam Gejadze

Matthew E Griffin

Georgia College and State University

Social Media Ambassdor

  1. What is your current year and academic concentration in college?
    Business Management
  2. 2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have not traveled abroad before.
  3. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am most looking forward to the in-depth learning opportunities about other cultures. I hope to pick up a bit of another language as well.
  4. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I have not studied abroad before.
  5. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    I chose the ESC Strasbourg program because I like how it focuses on leadership development. I want to develop my leadership skills to the best of my ability and become the best leader possible.
  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Rugby, Alpha Tau Omega, Student Government Association, Leadership Programs
  7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    No.
  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    I expect to have a greater sense and appreciation for the world and other cultures. I want to be the best leader possible and learn the lead any group efficiently.

 

 

Spring 2018 Social Media Ambassador

Mariam Gejadze

Mariam Gejadze

West Virginia University

Social Media Ambassdor for Facebook

  1. What is your current year and academic concentration in college?
    I am a second semester Junior, pursuing my degree in International Studies. Currently participating in education abroad: Strasbourg, France program.
  2. 2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    Yes, I have! Here is something special about me: I am from the country of Georgia and I went to school there up until 8th grade. Then my family moved in New York. Until today, I manage to visit Georgia in order to spend some time with my family and friends there.
  3. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    Gaining a relative experience and skills of adapting new atmosphere, country and culture. Visiting the Council of Europe has always been a dream of mine. But on top seeing places, I wish to learn and practice as much French as possible. I hope to Interact with and meet other students from all over the world.
  4. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    Nope, this is my first time which is what makes this journey super duper exciting.
  5. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    I have always been interested and have gone out of my way in order to explore different cultures, languages, and tried pushing myself towards things that were unordinary. Something’s that were bigger than myself. Which is why I choosing my major International Studies. In high school I decided to learn Spanish for all 4 years, for some reason before entering college I had my mindset on learning French. Once I closed different levels of it, different study abroad opportunities came up. After attending few information sessions on behalf of ESC Strasbourg, I knew it was the most perfect and amazing opportunity I should not let go.
  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Definitely making friends and being social. Attending sports events as well as plays and concerts. Exploring new places and trying new things I haven't before. Going to different markets and shopping. Eating different foods!!  I like to ice skate and visit unique exhibitions/museums of New York during cold winter. I’m very interested in going Wine Tasting and learning a lot about grapes while being abroad!
  7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    I do. I am fluent in Georgian (not many people have heard of) Obviously I speak English, and am trying to learn some French! Fun fact: I took Italian last semester just for fun.
  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    I expect to become a lot wiser and educated human being as I am right at this moment. I expect and hope to learn and figure out myself as an individual. Discover new hobbies, get out of my bubble do things I have never thought of before. I believe that more knowledge of different cultures equals richer brain and mind.

Spring 2018 Social Media Ambassador

Mariam Gejadze

Courtney Blinn

Birmingham-Southern College

Social Media Ambassdor for Instagram

  1. What is your current year and academic concentration in college? 
    I am currently a junior, third year, in college and my major is Global and Comparative Studies, with a more specific focus on North American and European politics.

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose? 
    I traveled through Italy when I was a sophomore in high school. We went to Venice, Rome, Florence, and the Vatican. The trip was through a touring group and only students from my school, along with two teachers, went on the trip. The purpose of the trip was not only educational, as we did go to many museums and learned about the culture, but also for personal development. At that time in life, many young adults have not had the opportunity to travel to another country far away from their parents and many of their friends. This was a good experience for me because it solidified my desire to continue my traveling to foreign countries to continue my education.

  3. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program? 
    I am most looking forward to the people I meet while studying abroad, the places I get to travel to during free weekends and organized excursions, and the opportunity to learn at a great university to get a more international perspective.

  4. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study? 
    I have not studied abroad before.

  5. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program? 
    I chose the ESC Strasbourg program because what it offered me was exactly in line with what interests me. I have always been drawn to studying how political science and culture go hand-in-hand, and this program gives me the opportunity to see just that.

  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies? 
    Some of my interests/hobbies include reading, traveling, finding new restaurants or cafes, cooking, running, and playing tennis! Thankfully there is a beautiful running trail behind the Chateau along with tennis courts.

  7. Do you speak any foreign languages? 
    I speak some Spanish and I am currently learning French. It has really helped to be emersed within the French culture to learn the language better along with the local dialect. Not only is French prevalent here but German as well. This way I am introduced to more cultures and experiences than I would be elsewhere.

  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg? 
    I expect to gain a breadth of knowledge from the local people of Strasbourg, the people all around Europe, and the people that I interact with through the CEPA program and my classes at the school. I also expect to return to my home university with different perspectives on problem-solving and an open mind to new ideas.

Fall 2017 Social Media Ambassador

Justin Beaudrot

Kirsten Quinn

Birmingham Southern College

Social Media Ambassdor for Instagram

  1. What is your year and academic concentration?I am a junior in college studying Human Rights and Conflict Studies with a minor in Theatre Arts at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. 

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have been fortunate enough to travel on vacations to Italy, Spain, France, and England. I've spent the most time in Italy, exploring Venice, Florence, Rome, Tuscany. 

  3. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    In January 2017, I spent a month studying Human Rights in Ireland. I also spent some time in Northern Ireland. 

  4. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program? Working, studying, and living in a different culture has immeasurable benefits. Students abroad learn how to adapt inside and outside of the classroom. Community is one of the most important aspects of life, and CEPA’s ESC Strasbourg program provides its students with opportunities through service learning, community outreach, and exploration. Europe is one of the most important regions in the world. While abroad, I am given an entirely different perspective with which to view politics and the relations of other countries and foster my leadership development. This allows me to observe and learn outside of the classroom. Strasbourg is centrally located in Europe and living here provides me with opportunities to explore so many institutions. 
  1. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program? I am most looking forward to immersing myself into European culture, specifically French. Strasbourg has a unique history, and therefore a unique culture and atmosphere. 

  2. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Dancing, Theater and literature. I love that Leo Tolstoy formerly stayed at the Chateau de Portales, which now houses the ESC Strasbourg.

  3. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    I have some proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, and I am studying French while in Strasbourg. 

  4. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    I expect to grow as a student and as an individual. The ESC Strasbourg program allows me to explore my interests through an interdisciplinary focus. I will leave this semester with a better understanding of Europe and of myself. 

Fall 2017 Social Media Ambassador

Justin Beaudrot

Isaac Obioma

West Virginia University

Social Media Ambassador for Facebook

  1. What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am currently a junior at West Virginia University studying diplomacy and international security.

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I’ve traveled around Europe many times as well as doing service work in Mexico.

  3. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I studied in Zaragoza, Spain during my junior year of high school studying Spanish language.

  4. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    I have a great interest in French language and culture as well as the practices of the EU.

  5. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I’m very excited to learn more about Europe, myself, and to make many friends along the way.

  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Photography and Netflix binging.

  7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    I speak Spanish.

  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    Hopefully, I will walk away from this experience with a greater knowledge of the French language and a greater knowledge of the world around me.

Summer Intercultural Leadership 2017 Social Media Ambassador

Justin Beaudrot

Jonah Harris, Summer Intercultural Leadership 2017 Social Media Ambassador

  1. What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a fourth year Political Science major.

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have travelled to Austria, Albania, Italy, and Central America.

  3. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    This is my first time studying abroad.

  4. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    Because of my versatile background, I appreciate courses such as intercultural communication and global leadership.

  5. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    Learning about business, culture, and exploring France.

  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love to travel, listen to music, dance, and spend time with my family and friends.

  7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    I speak Albanian, some Italian and French.

  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    I expect to gain educational and fun experience.

Summer Intercultural Leadership 2017 Social Media Ambassador

Julia Rangel

Julia Rangel, Summer Intercultural Leadership 2017 Social Media Ambassador

  1. What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a junior studying Political Science, International Affairs

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    Yes, Peru for Church and I traveled to Jaimaca and Paris for school.

  3. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I studied in Jaimaca for humanities and Paris for French language.

  4. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    I want to work with foreign politics and practice my French. This program was the best fit for me.

  5. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    Learning more about the European Union and meeting the people involved. Practicing my French and seeing all of the places.

  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Writing, reading, and taking photos.

  7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    Oui. Je peux parler Francais un peu.

  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    Insight into the EU and international institutions.

Spring 2017 Social Media Ambassador

Justin Beaudrot

Justin Beaudrot, Spring 2017 Social Media Ambassador

  1. What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am in my Freshman year and studying Medicine.

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    Yes, I did an exchange in 2014 to Canada. Tourism to the US, Chile, Punta del Este, Brazil.

  3. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    Yes, in Canada (Vancouver). I was in High School.

  4. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    I think leadership is important to everyone and I really wanted to travel to Europe.

  5. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    Learn about different cultures, travel, maybe learn basic French.

  6. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Travelling, snowboarding, horseback riding, surfing.

  7. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    Spanish and Portuguese.

  8. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    Knowledge, friends, and good moments.

Spring 2017 Social Media Ambassador

Justin Beaudrot

Maria Lorditch, Spring 2017 Social Media Ambassador

  1. What is your year and academic concentration?
    In Strasbourg I am fulfilling my minor in International Studies. At WVU my major is Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and minors in Political Science and International Studies. 

  2. Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    In high school I went on two EF Tours. My first trip was to Southern Spain in 2012. We visited Madrid, Toledo, Sevilla, Costa Del Sol and Granda. In 2013 I did another EF Tour to Costa Rica. These purpose of these tours was to explore the two countries and to gain international wisdom at the young ages of 15 and 18.

  3. Why did you choose the ESC Strasbourg program?
    When I was completing my search for study abroad programs, I wanted a program that correlated with my Political Science minor. I ended up choosing the ESC Strasbourg program for multiple reasons. The first being that I would be able to take international studies courses, learning from professors all over the world and building global networking connections from my professors and peers alike. My family roots are also from the Alsace region and I wanted a chance to live in a place my ancestors once did. Finally, I wanted a city that was in a prime location in order for me to travel as much as possible throughout my semester. Strasbourg is at the heart of Europe and I thought that it was be the perfect location to allow for easy traveling access.

  4. What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    For my study abroad program I am most looking forward to making new discoveries and having an adventure of a lifetime. I believe the whole purpose of study abroad is to step outside one's comfort zone and explore the unknown. In a matter of a month I have already met hundreds of wonderful people; explored the regions of Alsace, Paris and Germany, been able to learn from accredited European professors and have had the chance to experience Europe like I never imagined.

  5. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I have many interest and hobbies! I love to write, through this experience I have been able to add to my blogging site and challenge my poetry sills. I have previously written for multiple websites on female empowerment so it is exciting to explore a new field of writing while in Strasbourg. I also love to workout and go running. I go running almost everyday in Strasbourg and around the Chateau.

  6. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    I am not fluent in any other language other than English but this experience and has greatly challenged my Spanish and French language skills. Hopefully by the end of the trip I will be able to say I speak two languages!

  7. What do you expect to gain from your semester in Strasbourg?
    I truly hope that I leave Strasbourg as a more cultured, confident knowledgable person. The CEPA organization as well as EM Strasbourg Business School gives me so many opportunities throughout this semester to learn more about the European Union, the history of Alsace and European culture. I have the opportunity to learn about Europe not only from my professors but also by surrounding myself with hundreds of international students both in and out of the classroom. I know I will come back to the U.S. as a changed person. I will have learned so much not only about others by the time I come home but also about myself.