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Student Ambassadors

Each year, the Global Learning Office (GLO) office selects study abroad alums to become student ambassadors. The GLO ambassadors are official representatives of the GLO office and advocates for their programs.  You can connect with GLO ambassadors based on region, country or specialty below. 

Ambassador & Fellow Finder

AmbassadorRegionCountrySpecialty
Kenya Alexander

Kenya Alexander

McCormick 2022

  • Program: Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe
  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: First generation college students, International student, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need

Hello! I'm Kenya and I'm a class of 2022 Chemical Engineering (although I'm currently switching to Biomedical Engineering) student! I'm originally from Trinidad and Tobago, a small twin-island state in the Caribbean so, in reality, my entire undergraduate experience is a study-abroad one. Because of that, I can truly vouch for the illuminating experience that studying abroad can be - for you to learn more about yourself and the world. This Summer I studied in Berlin, Germany, where I learned a lot about German history and culture and was able to indulge in a lot of great food! What I enjoyed most about my time there was visiting all the sites Berlin has to offer: from large parks to the abundance of malls, from outdoor cinemas to concerts and operas, and from cozy neighborhoods to metropolitan centers, Berlin is a capital with heart. Feel free to ask me questions about the study abroad application process, about studying in Berlin, my German language proficiency, or anything else!
EuropeGermanyFirst generation college students, International student, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need
Shreya Bhadriraju

Shreya Bhadriraju

Bienen 2021

  • Program: Public Health in China
  • Country: China
  • Region: Asia
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: Race & Ethnicity

Hi! My name is Shreya and I am a junior studying Vocal Performance and Global Health Studies. I studied abroad in China during Summer 2019 and was a part of the Public Health program. Studying abroad in China was challenging but also incredibly rewarding. I have since discovered a passion for travel, languages, and exploring other cultures and I would love to share my experiences with you!
AsiaChinaRace & Ethnicity
Gabriela Czochara

Gabriela Czochara

WCAS 2021

  • Program: Spanish Language and Culture in Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: First generation college students, Students with high financial need

My name is Gabriela Czochara and I am a sophomore majoring in English with a Spanish minor. I attended the Barcelona Language and Culture program during the summer of 2018. I would love to share my time abroad and talk about anything; from the application process and financial need to appreciating the amazing Spanish culture and your time abroad. Studying abroad has been an incredible experience where I learned plenty about a culture I only previously read about as well as about myself and I am eager to offer advice and help others have the opportunity to do so as well.
EuropeSpainFirst generation college students, Students with high financial need
Chris Donohue

Chris Donohue

WCAS 2021

  • Program: Energy Technology and Policy: Wanxiang Fellows Program
  • Country: China
  • Region: Asia
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: Accessibility, LGBTQ identity, Transfer student

Chris Donohue is currently a third-year student in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences studying Statistics and Geography and minoring in Transportation & Logistics. Hailing from West Springfield, Massachusetts, Chris participated in the Wanxiang Fellows Program in Summer 2019, and he describes it as one of the highlights of his college experience. His favorite part about the program is how it opened his mind to a new country, new cultures, and new academic disciplines.
AsiaChinaAccessibility, LGBTQ identity, Transfer student
Mari Gashaw

Mari Gashaw

SESP 2021

  • Program: Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe
  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: First generation college students, Gender identity, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need

Hi! My name is Mari Gashaw, and I am a sophomore. I am from the Boston area. I study Social Policy and Urban Studies. I spent Summer of 2018 in Berlin, studying the city and the German language. My newfound love for Berlin has only encouraged me to return!
EuropeGermanyFirst generation college students, Gender identity, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need
Selam Getaneh

Selam Getaneh

McCormick 2021

  • Program: Queen Mary, University of London
  • Country: England
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Affiliated

Specialties: Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need

Hi! My name is Selam Getaneh, and I'm a third-year studying mechanical engineering. In fall of 2019, I studied in London through an Arcadia program with Queen Mary, University of London. While abroad, I was able to take cultural courses with site visits while also completing engineering courses towards my major. Although studying abroad while obtaining a McCormick degree required careful planning, all of that planning was well worth it in the end. Whether your questions pertain to the program, engineering requirements, or the best place to get afternoon tea, I'm more than willing to help in any way I can!
EuropeEnglandRace & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need
Erica Henschen

Erica Henschen

WCAS 2021

  • Program: Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe
  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: LGBTQ identity, Pre-med or pre-health

Hello! I'm Erica and I am a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and German with a Pre-Med track. I studied abroad in Summer 2019 in Berlin, Germany through the Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe program. While there I was able to visit major sites that I was learning about during my German history courses taken during the program. Outside of this, I was able to take classes at a German university and meet people from all over the world! Studying abroad has helped me make connections around the world, and has allowed me to express myself while learning about other cultures.
EuropeGermanyLGBTQ identity, Pre-med or pre-health
Christine Hwang

Christine Hwang

SESP 2020

  • Program: GESI Uganda
  • Country: Ghana, Uganda
  • Region: Africa
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: International student, Race & Ethnicity

My name is Christine, I'm a third year studying Human Development & Psychological Services and Psychology, with a possible minor in Global Health. I spent 8 weeks in  Uganda living with a host family and interning at a community-based organization focused on issues of gender equity/education, and I hope to go abroad again! Study abroad can be an extremely rewarding and nuanced experience - I have gained a wider community, reflections on cultures/various identities, and more perspective on my future paths. I am happy to share these experiences as well as support others thinking about going abroad!

AfricaGhana, UgandaInternational student, Race & Ethnicity
Xunchuan Liu

Xunchuan Liu

WCAS 2021

  • Program: Energy Technology & Policy Wanxiang Fellows Program in China
  • Country: China
  • Region: Asia
  • Program Type:
Hi! My name is Xunchuan, and I am a political science major at Northwestern University. I studied abroad in China during the summer of 2018, attending the Wanxiang Fellows Program. During my time with the program, I sampled some fantastic and exotic food, got to know some of the local students, and immersed myself in the natural and cultural beauty. After the program ended, I also had the chance to travel throughout China, visiting some incredible locations to appreciate the full expanse of China's geography and history. I would highly recommend it if you have the time and passion!
AsiaChina
Cindy Mei

Cindy Mei

WCAS 2021

  • Program: China: Political and Economic Development
  • Country: China
  • Region: Asia
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: First generation college students, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need

Hi! I'm Cindy, currently a sophomore studying Art History and Journalism. I studied abroad with Northwestern through their China: Political and Economic Development program in the summer of 2018. My time abroad was a summer full of spicy noodles, Chinese pop music, and big smiles. Incidentally one of the best summers I've ever had, studying abroad in China led to view the world with a second perspective.
AsiaChinaFirst generation college students, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need
Emmy Morgan

Emmy Morgan

McCormick 2022

  • Program: Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe
  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: First time traveler

My name is Emmy and I am a second-year student studying chemical engineering! I studied abroad in the summer of 2019 in Berlin, Germany taking german language and culture classes. Through studying abroad, I was able to leave the States for the first time, have so many amazing experiences, and meet the most incredible people! I would love to chat or answer any questions you may have!
EuropeGermanyFirst time traveler
Christina Price

Christina Price

SESP 2021

  • Program: Public Health in Mexico
  • Country: Mexico
  • Region: Americas
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: Religion & Spirituality, Transfer student

My name is Christina Price, and I am a junior studying Learning and Organizational Change with a minor in Global Health Studies. I participated in the Public Health in Mexico program during the summer of 2019. I was so nervous to study abroad, but I am so glad I took the risk! Studying abroad provided me with invaluable experiences that will be so hopeful in the future, especially in my career. Studying abroad also gave me the opportunity to meet many amazing people from Northwestern and abroad. I'd love to tell you all about it!
AmericasMexicoReligion & Spirituality, Transfer student
Amar Shabeeb

Amar Shabeeb

Medill

  • Program: Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe
  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: Race & Ethnicity, Religion & Spirituality, Transfer student

My name is Amar Shabeeb, and I am a junior studying in Medill with a double major in Political Science and Journalism. As a transfer student, I thought I wouldn't be able to study abroad; yet, last summer, I studied in Germany through Northwestern's Berlin: Global City in the Center of Europe program. My time abroad enabled me to diversify my perspective and learn about global politics from an entirely new lens. It was an invaluable experience, and I would highly recommend it to every Northwestern student.
EuropeGermanyRace & Ethnicity, Religion & Spirituality, Transfer student
Emily Suen

Emily Suen

WCAS 2021

  • Program: Energy Technology & Policy Wanxiang Fellows Program in China
  • Country: China
  • Region: Asia
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: Pre-med or pre-health

Hi! My name is Emily, and I'm a sophomore studying Neuroscience and Global Health Studies. During the summer of 2018, I participated in the Energy Technology & Policy: Wanxiang Fellows Program. Spending a summer abroad in China was one of the best decisions I made during my freshman year. Study abroad effectively incorporates culture, community, and language into the core aspect of academics, allowing us to grow in so many different ways.
AsiaChinaPre-med or pre-health
Jon Toussaint

Jon Toussaint

SoC 2020

  • Program: Junior Year in France
  • Country: France
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Affiliated

Specialties: LGBTQ identity, Religion & Spirituality

Hi! My name is Jon Toussaint and I’m a junior here at NU studying Theatre and minoring in French/Psychology with a certificate in Music Theatre. I spent my junior fall in Paris with Sweet Briar College’s Junior Year in France program. I took a mixture of local university classes and program-specific courses, took dance classes at a studio in Paris, taught English to French high schoolers, and learned how to travel Europe without breaking the bank! I am a rare Theatre major who managed to study abroad in the fall—if you’re a Theatre major (or anyone) considering study abroad options and not sure how to make it work, let’s talk!
EuropeFranceLGBTQ identity, Religion & Spirituality
Chloe Wong

Chloe Wong

WCAS 2021

  • Program: Public Health in Europe
  • Country: France
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Northwestern

Specialties: First generation college students, First time traveler, Greek life, Pre-med or pre-health, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need

Hello! My name is Chloe Wong and I am a sophomore studying Anthropology and Global Health Studies. I studied abroad in Paris via the Public Health in Europe program in Fall 2018. Spending a quarter in Paris was one of the best decisions I made and allowed me to examine society through another perspective. Whether it's the program, Parisian life, or where the best pastries are, I'm happy to share my experiences!
EuropeFranceFirst generation college students, First time traveler, Greek life, Pre-med or pre-health, Race & Ethnicity, Students with high financial need
Elizabeth Wuertley

Elizabeth Wuertley

WCAS 2022

  • Program: Public Health in Mexico
  • Country: Mexico
  • Region: Americas
  • Program Type:

Specialties: Gender identity, Pre-med or pre-health, Religion & Spirituality, Students with high financial need

My name is Elizabeth Wuertley and I am a Sophomore studying Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies. I studied abroad this past Summer 2019 in Mexico City on the Public Health in Mexico program. My time in Mexico was amazing, but it was also the craziest 8 weeks of my life. Learning about Mexico and its healthcare system was very interesting and amazing to learn in depth about, but living in the heart of a megacity in a foreign country was really challenging. However, after I adjusted to Mexican life, it was smooth sailing from there, and it was a little challenging to adjust to American life again once I was home!
AmericasMexicoGender identity, Pre-med or pre-health, Religion & Spirituality, Students with high financial need
Michelle Zhou

Michelle Zhou

SESP 2021

  • Program: IES Arles
  • Country: France
  • Region: Europe
  • Program Type: Affiliated

Specialties: International student

Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a sophomore majoring in Learning and Organizational Changes, Economics and French. Last summer, I studied abroad in Arles, France through the IES abroad program. During my time there, I stayed with a host family, took classes in Art History of French Impressionism and Sociology in French Immigration, and traveled around in France over weekends. This program helped me to explore further about the French culture and improve my French language skills, and has inspired me to perhaps work in Europe in the near future. I really enjoyed my time spent with this IES program and I have become an IES ambassador on NU campus. I will be more than happy to answer any questions related to IES and my experience abroad! 
EuropeFranceInternational student