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Study Abroad

2017- 2018 CSU Global Ambassadors


Meet the Columbus State Global Ambassadors. These students were chosen to share their study abroad experiences across campus. If you are interested in a program, or just want to talk with a student who has gone through the process of studying abroad, they are happy to assist you! Stop by during their walk-in advising hours at the Center for Global Engagement on main campus, or send them an email.

Interested in becoming a Global Ambassador? Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for more details. 
Interested in the International Studies Certificate? Contact the ISC Ambassadors for more details.

Fall 2017

Amanda Ellenburg

Walk-In Advising Hours: Friday 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Email: ellenburg_amanda1@columbusstate.edu
Major: BFA Theatre Performance
Year: Junior
Study Abroad Experience: Biology in the Bahamas - Spring 2017
Countries Visited: Bahamas
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite memory was flying a plane from Andros Island to Nassau.
Favorite Quote: "The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands." - Sir Richard Burton
Best Advice: "Search for every possible way to get financial assistance. It is possible to have your trip paid for, no matter what your financial situation, as long as one has a strong work ethic and drive."

Alice Méndez

Walk-In Advising Hours: Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Email: mendez_alice@columbusstate.edu
Major: Spanish
Year: Post-Bac Teacher Certification
Study Abroad Experience: Spanish Immersion in Sevilla, Spain - Maymester 2017
Countries Visited: Mexico, Greece, Turkey, Peru, Spain, and Morocco
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: After a long day of touring the city of Granada, I walked to a park that had an overlook of the entire city at night. I sat and watched the lights of the city for a while. It goes without saying that Granada at night is both remarkable and breathtaking.
Favorite Quote: “No seré un turista, sino un explorador de nuevas sensaciones" - Unknown
Best Advice: "Things will most definitely not always go according to plan. Therefore, anyone interested in studying abroad must be willing to exist outside of his or her comfort zone, at least for a little while. Living and studying in a completely different environment forces you into situations where the world needs to be seen a little differently and adapted to accordingly to thrive. So take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the new experiences to be had."

Phong Vo

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Email: vo_phong@columbusstate.edu
Major: History
Year: Senior
Study Abroad Experience: Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program - Fall Semester 2016
Countries Visited: Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, England, Italy, and France
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite memory was being able to travel to the Ishigaki islands.
Favorite Quote: "The road goes ever on." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Best Advice: "This is probably the best time to study abroad, because there are people who really want you to go and can actually help you pay for it."


Kalia Gunn

Walk-In Advising Hours: Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Email: gunn_kalia@columbusstate.edu
Major: Marketing 
Year: Senior
Study Abroad Experience: CSU in Costa Rica Intercultural Leadership and Service Learning Trip: Spring Break 2017
Countries Visited: Costa Rica
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: Being able to talk to the local people and really seeing how they live during their everyday life. 
Favorite Quote: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world" - Freya Stark
Best Advice: "Don't let money stop you from wanting to study abroad. There are many opportunities out there for you to help fund your trip. Do your research and find out if any club you are involved in offers scholarships and/or grants."

Brianna McClain

Walk-In Advising Hours: Monday 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Email: mcclain_brianna@columbusstate.edu
Major: Post-Bac - TESOL Certification
Year: Senior
Study Abroad Experience: International Summer Session at CNU (Chonnam University) and the TESOL Internship - Summer 2017
Countries Visited: Puerto Rico and South Korea
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: Meeting people at CNH from all over the world and being able to teach and observe in the Asian educational system.
Favorite Quote: “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." - Anita Desai
Best Advice:  "Just do it! Make that deposit, save up every penny you can, and just go! It is one of the best investments you will make in yourself."

Teale Moran

Walk-In Advising Hours: Monday 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Email: moran_theresa1@columbusstate.edu
Major: Business Management
Year: Senior
Study Abroad Experience: Heilbronn University Summer - School 2017
Countries Visited: Germany and Mexico
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite memory was created with the other students that I met on the program. We decided to go to this restaurant where we had no idea what any of the items on the menu were, but we just blindly ordered, and we all LOVED what we ended up with! To this day, I still have no idea what kind of meat I ate that night, all I know is that is was fun, and I miss each of the students that I spent everyday of the program with.
Favorite Quote: "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." - Unknown
Best Advice: "The experience itself is priceless, so embrace every moment! It goes by quick whether you believe it or not."

Spring 2018

Christian Redmond

Walk-In Advising Hours: TBD
Email: redmond_christian@columbusstate.edu
Major: Business Management
Year: Sophomore
Study Abroad Experience: CSU in Costa Rica - Spring Break 2017
Countries Visited: Canada, Bahamas, and Costa Rica
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite memory was visiting Manuel Antonio National Park and seeing all of the monkeys up close.
Favorite Quote: "It doesn't matter where you're going, it's who you have beside you." - Unknown
Best Advice: "Don't miss out on a life changing opporunity because of fear; all of your fears go away once you experience life across the globe."

Julissa Santoyo

Walk-In Advising Hours: TBD
Email: santoyo_julissa@columbusstate.edu
Major: General Business
Year: Junior
Study Abroad Experience: CSU in Ireland for Business - Summer 2017
Countries Visited: Ireland and Mexico
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite study abroad memory is when my class to a ferry to the Aran Islands. The whole island is traditional, there are wild horses, sheep, and cows everywhere! My class and I rode bikes around the island and adventured through Ireland's countryside. There are also so many historical artifacts on the island, such as the Dun Aonghasa and the cliff that it lies on.
Favorite Quote: "Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventure" - Unknown
Best Advice: "I would tell students who want to study abroad that they need to have fun and take tons of pictures because it is a once in a lifetime experience."

Oxford Visiting Student Ambassadors

Tonya Streeter: Fall Ambassador

Walk-In Advising Hours: Friday 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Email: streeter_tonya@columbusstate.edu
Major: English Creative Writing
Year: Senior
Study Abroad Experience: Oxford Visiting Student Program - Spring 2017
Countries Visited: England
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite memory was being able to see a performance of Hamlet in London starring Andrew Scott.
Favorite Quote: "Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Best Advice: "Even if you are afraid, do it."

 

Kaitlyn (Katy) Neill - Spring Ambassador

Walk-In Advising Hours: TBD
Email: neill_kaitlyn@columbusstate.edu
Major: Art History
Year: Senior
Study Abroad Experience: Oxford Visiting Student Program - Fall 2017
Countries Visited: England and France
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: It's very hard to just pick one favorite memory! However, I think it might have to be Thanksgiving. Ellie (the other girl from CSU) and I, along with one of our professors, decided to invite all the other American visiting students and the Visiting Student Representative from Regents Park (Sam) to the Spencer House and do a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. We served Sam his first Thanksgiving meal, and his first "American" biscuit! We laughed, and talked, discussed what we were thankful for, and even watched Christmas movies afterwards. Most of the group hadn't known each other until the start of the term, but we all felt like a family that night. It made being away from our own families on a holiday a lot easier to handle.
Favorite Quote: "Traveling to another country is great, but to live in another country...that's truly amazing." - Brittany Watson
Best Advice: "I would say to do everything you can to make it happen! It really is a life changing experience, and there's nothing else like it!"