CICE Peer Advisors 2016-2017

The mission of the Peer Advisors is to provide an inviting and informative atmosphere for the pursuit of intercultural educational experiences. We will strive to accomplish this by providing necessary resources, communicating accurate and timely information, and creating relationships to inspire opportunities for the Gustavus community.

Faculty and staff: If you would like to schedule a classroom or other visit with a peer advisor, please contact Bryan Messerly.

 

Meet the Peer Advisors


Olivia Gori

Senior: International Management
Ireland

Olivia Gori in IrelandHi! My name is Olivia Gori and I am a senior, International Management major here at Gustavus. This past spring I got the opportunity to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland at University College Dublin. During my time away I was able to travel in Europe, as well as around Ireland. My experience was better than I imagined in every sense. I joined many clubs on campus, which allowed me to get the full Irish student experience. I saw so many amazing countries and met lifelong friends along the way. I had roommates from all around the world, which allowed me to learn about other cultures as well as gain a new perspective on America. I was the only Gustavus student enrolled in this program, so I didn't know anyone when I got there, which I found to be a real benefit. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and forced to overcome challenges that I probably would have never faced had I been with friends from home. If you are interested in studying abroad in Ireland, or have any questions about the study abroad process feel free to contact me!

Muhammad Ahmed Bahram Khan
Junior: International Management and Financial Economics
Germany

Khan in the BundestagHi!! My name is Khan and I’m a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College, majoring in International Management and Financial Economics. I studied abroad with IES Abroad in Freiburg, Germany, during my sophomore year for one semester. I also travelled to 9 other countries in Europe through my program. Studying abroad in Germany was the best time in my life. Through my experiences abroad, I have developed skills to overcome challenges and gained a new perspective to look at the world from various point of view. Meeting student from diverse backgrounds and sitting together at the Augustinerplatz to enjoy the end of the day and the picturesque landscape of the gateway to the Black Forest indeed added charm to my experience in Freiburg. My memories from Germany are filled with limitless joy and happiness. I also work as a Young Ambassador with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to provide information regarding study, internship and research abroad in Germany, along with funding possibilities. If you are interested in studying abroad in Germany, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help you.

Thao Le
Senior: Economics
South Korea; Scotland

Thao in ScotlandHi there! My name is Thao Le (Tiffany), and I am a senior from Vietnam, majoring in Financial Economics here at Gustavus. I was able to spend my January term 2014 in Seoul, South Korea and Spring 2016 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. These were some of my most memorable experiences that I have ever had in my life, and without doubt, ones that I will never forget. Studying abroad is a good way for me to sharpen my survival skills, get out of my comfort zone, as well as get to know different people and environments beside my own. I have made many lifelong friends from around the world and with various backgrounds during my time abroad. Besides studying, I also got to join several club activities and travel around Europe and Britain, which was a lot of fun. Don't hesitate to ask me or any of the other Peer Advisors about studying abroad! Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Clara Wicklund
Senior: Political Science
New Zealand

Clara with strawberriesKia Ora! Ko Clara ahau. I am a senior Political Science major, Peace Studies and English minor, and I spent last fall on the North Island of New Zealand where I studied environmental policy and its intersections with indigenous Maori land rights. We spent the first 5 weeks traveling around the North Island visiting permaculture farms, eco preserves, coastal cities, and listening to Maori cultural leaders, environmental activists, politicians, and other prominent Kiwi figures talk about their work. The second half of the program was spent in NZ’s capital, Wellington, where I had the opportunity of interning with Generation Zero, a youth-lead climate justice group. My experience in the Land of the Long, White Cloud was absolutely incredible, and I will always keep with me the memories I made and the wonderful people I met. Studying abroad is life-changing-- both your mind and your heart will grow. Come say hi and let’s make studying abroad happen!