CICE Peer Advisors 2015-2016

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

Courtney Castleberry

Senior: Psychological Science; Sociology/Anthropology
Brazil, Italy

Ciao studenti! My name is Courtney Castleberry, and I am senior double-majoring in psychological science and sociology/anthropology, with a minor in dance. I am from the birthplace of Minnesota: Stillwater. I had the 'experience of a lifetime' studying abroad for the J-Term of 2014 in northeastern Brazil, and I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend the fall of 2014 in Florence, Italy. Both of my adventures abroad were indescribable. I learned so much about myself and the cultures that I was immersed in, and I cannot wait to see all of the places that you will go. I am looking forward to assisting you on your own adventures away from campus. Feel free to contact me. The other Peer Advisors and I cannot wait to meet you!

Ben Dipple
Senior: History
Merhaba, Gusties! My name is Benjamin Dipple, and I am a senior history major. During the fall of my junior year, I studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, through the CIEE Arts and Sciences Program. While I was there, I made a number of very good friends and learned a great deal about myself and how I view the world. I was also able to travel to Egypt and various parts of Turkey during study breaks. Whether you have no idea where you want to go, or have your eyes set on a particular location, I would love to assist you in the study away process. Just stop by the CICE for drop-in advising, or shoot me an email.

Rachel Meier
Senior: Environmental Studies; Geography
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Kia Ora Koutou! My name is Rachel Meier, and I am a senior here at Gustavus from Chaska, Minnesota. I am an environmental studies and geography double major and, in the fall of 2014, I studied abroad in New Zealand through the HECUA program! I was able to travel around this beautiful country with an amazing group of students and professors and discover so much – not only about this amazing country and the Maori people, but about myself as well. I never saw myself studying abroad but, now that I have gone through this life-changing experience, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I’d love to help you find your own life-changing experience abroad. Feel free to shoot me an email or stop by the CICE for advising!

Tyler Stoltzman
Senior: Psychological Science
Hej Hej! My name is Tyler Stoltzman, and I am currently a senior at Gustavus, studying psychology with a minor in philosophy and neuroscience. During the spring semester of 2015, I got the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, to enhance my academic training in psychology. I was able to learn about clinical psychology while in class lectures and also while traveling around Europe on study tours. I also lived with a Danish host family (that's my host parents and host dog with me in the photo), which opened up a whole new cultural experience to me every day and made me feel like I have a second home halfway across the world. I traveled to 14 other countries, experienced the European powder while snowboarding the Swiss Alps, got caught up in a blue room while surfing in Spain, fell in love with Gustav Klimt's artistic work in Vienna, and met some of the most amazing people during my time abroad. There's so much more that I could share with you about my experience, but what I really want to do is help you get ready for your own adventure. So please send me an email, set up an appointment, or just stop me on campus to chat about how I can help you set up your study away experience!