Executive Leadership
Kris Holloway

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to make language mistakes. Some of my best laughs ever are from either making a language faux pas myself, or hearing others make them. Some things are universally funny and when laughed over together, can result in a humor bond that can last a lifetime.

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Jeff Palm
Founder and Senior Vice President of Business Development

Travel Tip: I first learn about a new culture through food. I try to understand what truly “local” dishes are and then find a “typical” place (non-tourist) at which to eat them. This has led to some of my most memorable experiences abroad.

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Joe Debiec
Vice President of Program Operations

Travel Tip: Find water and jump right in. Literally. There is something about being in the water that helps me get my mind to slowdown, settle in and get ready for adventure. So remember to take it slow, you will see more and feel more , which will deepen your experience.

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Dr. Jennifer Engel
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Travel Tip: Whatever it takes, make it happen. And once you get overseas, make the most of it. Take every opportunity you have to spend time with locals – the experiences that always prove to be the most memorable are the ones that involve genuine interactions with others.

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Jessica Jones
Vice President of University Relations

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected. Expect your plans to change. Stay flexible and laugh. Always laugh. Even when you cry, find the laughter.

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Brian Waldron
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management

Travel Tip: Get lost in your new city/location. It’s the best way to see somewhere new and will result in many exciting adventures.

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International Operations Management
Alexandra Woolner
International Operations Manager - Asia and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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Joan Perreault
International Operations Manager - Spain and Latin America

Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.

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Molly Bond
International Operations Manager - Europe (South)

Travel Tip: The first chance I have in a new place, I like to either rent a bicycle or go running to get a better feel for my surroundings. Not only does this feel refreshing after time spent on the road or in the air, but it also gives you a great orientation to your destination.

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Linda Hallbäck
Site Director London & International Operations Manager - Europe (North) and Africa

Travel Tip: Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

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Aryn Banas
International Operations Management Assistant

Travel Tip: I think one of the best tips I can give to an aspiring traveler is to not be afraid to travel alone. Seeing parts of the word independently will open your eyes to new experiences and you can discover more about yourself.

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Overseas Staff
Marina Weinstein
Site Director in Argentina

Travel Tip: Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

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Jackie Chapman
Country Director of Australia; Site Director in Gold Coast & Brisbane

Travel Tip: Get outside, take your time to walk around the streets of your new city or neighbourhood – get a feel for the people and what makes it unique. I love getting up early and exploring a new destination as it ‘wakes up’- it is an amazing time of the day to see a city or town slowly come to life.

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Paloma Domene
Site Director in Sydney

Travel Tip: Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.

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Stephanie Hickman
Site Director in Sydney

Travel Tip: If you’re travelling to a non-English speaking country, always make “Thank you!” the first thing you learn how to say in the local language. You’ll put a smile on the locals’ faces, and as you travel to more and more places you’ll be amazed at how many languages you can speak (well, at least speak a few words of).

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Gemma Shaw
Site Director in Newcastle

Travel Tip: Search for local instagram and facebook pages on food and events around the place you are travelling to. You may find some local hidden gems or some cool experiences you would not have found otherwise. It also helps you get a feel for the place and its people.

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Hillary Smith
Site Director in Townsville

Travel Tip: Embrace every moment of your travel. Even when things go wrong, don’t stress! You’ll look back at those memories with a laugh, and you never know where unexpected turns may lead you. Get involved with as many new people and activities as you can – you might just find a new passion!

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Jemimah Murugi
Site Director in Melbourne

Travel Tip: Be exactly where you are, enjoy each moment as it comes without comparing it to any other place because every destination brings along its own uniqueness and authenticity. Embrace that even though it may be strange at the start. Traveling helps you find yourself and pieces of yourself you didn’t know you were missing.

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Jasmina Cubelic
Site Director in Adelaide

Travel Tip: Stay flexible and open minded during your travels. Though the greatest of all plans can go awry, it’s these unexpected moments – good or bad – that help you grow and find new sides of yourself. Your travel experiences are an advantage, so use them and the skills you’ve learnt along the way to sell yourself and nab that dream job!

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Lisa Pinheiro
Site Director in Costa Rica

Travel Tip: Dont limit yourself to the more popular tourist spots. There are tons of lesser known places that are beautiful and rich in culture where you can really experience what Costa Rica is all about!

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Leah Takata
Site Director in Czech Republic

Travel Tip: Whether ordering from an open air stall or a restaurant, always remember to say good day (dobrý den) and thank you (děkuji). Czechs will welcome your effort and will be more helpful and perhaps even give you a smile.

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Diana Balarezo
Site Director in Ecuador

Travel Tip: Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and home to 14 different indigenous nationalities. Be prepared to experience new landscapes, aromas, tastes, sounds and people. Respect the places and the people you will be with and never stop learning!

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Linda Hallbäck
Site Director London & International Operations Manager - Europe (North) and Africa

Travel Tip: Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

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Anna Bermani
Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator in London

Travel Tip: Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

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Drasko Djurovic
Site Director in Paris

Travel Tip: Travel is not only, as Mark Twain said, fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. It is also the best possible recipe for happiness, so explore, dream and discover.

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Christelle Le Gars
Site Director in Aix-en-Provence

Travel Tip: If speaking French is a bit of a challenge, remember that a Bonjour or a Merci beaucoup from a smiling person always works out here in Aix! The light is just amazing in Provence: bring your camera, sketchbook or others to create great visuals from the South East of France. Marseille Provence Airport is next door – make the most of your stay by travelling during the weekend in Europe!

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Evgenia Karamani
Site Director in Greece

Travel Tip: To explore a new country, I choose to walk rather than take transportation even for longer distances. It helps you better feel the vibration and get into the pace of local life. Makes you hungrier for local dishes, too!

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Karina Tarrant Byrne
Site Director in Ireland

Travel Tip: When I go to a new country I love to read about it first and get a sense of its history and culture. When I arrive I like to have a good map (not just google maps) so I can see how everything fits together. If it isn’t an English speaking country I like to have some words and phrases learned so at least it looks like I am trying to communicate without expecting them to have English.

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Romina Marchionne
Country Director of Italy

Travel Tip: If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

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Alessandro Bruno
Site Director in Florence

Travel Tip: Never forget to pack an open mind, a lot of patience, a couple of snacks from home to cure homesickness and last but not least…serenity. Once in town, LOOK UP when walking around. Take a different route to class everyday. Live, love and accept your destination!

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Chiara Salvi
Assistant Site Director in Florence

Travel Tip: Travelling can be overwhelming, so many things to see and do! I don’t like to plan everything ahead but I love researching: looking into guides, books and travel diaries, watching documentaries, reading articles and talking with friends who visited already. They’re a great source of information!

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William Ozbun
Internship Program On-Site Coordinator in Rome

Travel Tip: Time truly flies when you’re studying abroad! Think about writing a checklist to help you keep track of everything you want to see, experience and accomplish in your time overseas. Set manageable goals, be open to unexpected surprises and don’t forget to take lots of pictures, you’ll cherish them forever.

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Jeff Sinding
Site Director in Japan

Travel Tip: When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

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Helena Henare-Coolen
Site Director of New Zealand

Travel Tip: Leave the umbrella at home as it is no match for the capital known as ‘Windy Wellington”. Make sure you pack a good raincoat and some warm socks.

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Mila (Milagro) Montufar Paz
Site Director in Cusco, Peru

Travel Tip: Cusco and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful places to explore in all of Peru (and maybe the world). Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking!

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Patricia Dongo Soria
Site Director in Lima, Peru

Travel Tip: When in Lima, try different local dishes choosing from the variety of restaurants like “Gianfranco” in Miraflores. Try the amazing ceviches and other sea food alternatives at “Al Fresco” and dinner overlooking an beautifully illuminated view of the Huaca Pucllana (adobe pre-inca living quarters) in the restaurant “Huaca Pucllana.”

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Jeanna Brady
Site Director in Scotland

Travel Tip: Plan ahead of your program! Do your research and reach out to our Alumni to make the most of your time in Scotland. There are so many free and affordable activities, including public galleries and museums, live music sessions, open-to-roam landscape, and a great range of clubs and societies on and off campus!

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Sonya Bell
Site Director in South Africa

Travel Tip: To really experience local culture, no matter where you are in the world, always watch where the locals go for lunch – they usually go for the best local cuisine at the most affordable prices. Also, always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut.

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Pasqual Bisogno
Site Director in South Africa

Travel Tip: Be brave, be soft, stay open to opportunities and adventure, wear sunscreen and a smile and most importantly always trust your instinct. Travel allows you to view the world but in the end you realise that what you really discovered is yourself.

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Sehoon Jang
Korea Site Director

Travel Tip: Whenever I arrive in another country, I try to look for a very local restaurant where real residents of the town usually eat. Such spots may not have any distinguishable sign or decent interiors, but the reward is delicious food and welcoming locals. Just by going even slightly off the beaten path, you are oftentimes rewarded with a better value and cultural insights.

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Sara Hazzard
Site Director of Madrid, Spain

Travel Tip: Slow down! Before jet setting off to multiple countries, take time to get to know the place you decided to call home for the next few months. The best travel experiences occur when you meet locals and learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook.

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Elena Villaescusa
Site Director in Barcelona

Travel Tip: When traveling make sure to use humour and start conversations with local people, they are the experts of the places you visit and you can learn so much from them; particularly the older generation can be a wealth of information. Try to enjoy every single minute of your travels!

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David Jackson
Site Director in Thailand

Travel Tip: Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.

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Chutinan “Chu” Klinmalai
Site Director in Bangkok, Thailand

Travel Tip: Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.

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Lisa Beardsley
Site Director in Hawai'i

Travel Tip: Pack for summer! Hawai’i’s temperature is 86F and sunny all year round. Drink lots of water and don’t forget your sunscreen! Arrive with an open mind and a sense of adventure.

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Thanh Nguyen
Site Director in Vietnam

Travel Tip: Be open minded with the new culture, cuisine, lifestyle etc. You can learn a lot through exploring, adapting and respecting new a culture, a new country. Be well prepared and planned to avoid culture shock in the first few days. Nowadays, there are many travel blogs, food review shows etc. that you can check as a pre-departure information then explore yourself later and have your own stories.

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University Relations
Kerry Smith
Director of University Relations

Travel Tip: When possible, explore off the beaten path. Meet the locals, enjoy the food, take a walk and just get to know the destination. Start your connection to the new area as soon as possible.

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Emily Negard
Director of Partner Communications

Travel Tip: I always carry my travel journal along with colored pencils and a glue stick. When I have down time at the airport, train station, or a cafe, I’ll draw pictures, write notes, glue ticket stubs, postcards, receipts, and anything that will remind future me of the amazing trip I’m on!

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Kylie Blount
University Relations Regional Director - West

Travel Tip: Trip planning can be overwhelming and an over scheduled trip can be exhausting. Plan two activities you know you don’t want to miss and then leave room for the unexpected. You never know what might come along and a flexible schedule will allow you to take advantage of it.

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Zachary Macinnes
University Relations Regional Director - Northeast

Travel Tip: Wake up early! Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals.

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Kent Moore
University Relations Regional Director - Southeast

Travel Tip: Taking photos is fun but try a week or just a day without using your camera. You might find that you have more unforgettable memories and fewer all-too-forgettable pictures. Great photos of the Taj Mahal are everywhere, but you only get one memory of seeing it for the first time.

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Veelie Alba
University Relations Regional Director - Midwest

Travel Tip: If traveling with others, try to carve out some time to do something by yourself. Relish in that moment. You might be surprised to discover or experience something new that you will appreciate either about yourself or this new place. Watch the sunrise, visit a bookstore, take a drop-in class…

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Keara DeKay
University Relations Manager - Mid Atlantic

Travel Tip: My favorite thing to do when I’m in a new city is to get lost! Honestly, it’s the best way to find your way around and get yourself oriented, and you never know what kinds of neat things you’ll come across!

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Adam Freed
University Relations Manager - Ohio Valley

Travel Tip: Don’t be too focused on seeing all the things that people tell you that you HAVE to see. Let your curiosity guide your experience. Folks miss the best parts of being abroad by only seeing the world through their camera lens. Live your experience. Breathe it, taste it, touch it.

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Arden Kazan
University Relations Manager - Northern New England

Travel Tip: When you go to a new city do a quick search of “hidden (city name)” to find all of the best secret locations and hidden gems!

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Colin Moravec
University Relations Manager - Rocky Mountains

Travel Tip: Take public transportation – not only as a means to get to your destination, but as a way to experience life as a local.

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Sydney Jones
University Relations Manager - Southwest

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to travel alone! It seems scary at first but it is easy to meet other like-minded travelers and you end up learning even more about yourself than you would traveling with friends. Also sometimes your best friends end up not being the best travel buddies. If you do decide to travel alone make sure you research where you are going and consider safety!

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Jessica Lisenba
Alumni and Events Coordinator

Travel Tip: Find a good trail outdoors and don’t be afraid to try the local foods!

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Danielle Salvatore
University Relations Coordinator - Southeast

Travel Tip: When I’m in a new country, I love to explore the local grocery stores and markets. Exploring the unique foods and drinks offered in a different country can help you experience the local life!

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Brittany Beene
Senior Campus Engagement Coordinator

Travel Tip: When visiting a new country, it is important to be creative when solving problems that may arise. It’s perfectly okay for things to not go as planned and it makes for a more interesting story back home.

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Tiana Golding
Campus Engagement Coordinator - Northeast

Travel Tip: Be nice to your body! When I travel to a new place, I tend to let the nerves and excitement get in front of the natural signals that my body gives me. Between sitting through a long plane ride, adjusting to a new timezone and the general jitters we get, traveling can throw our bodies out of whack. It is important to remember to take care of yourself when you are away, as you would when you are home. Find a routine, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat, and get some exercise!

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Emily Fletcher
Campus Engagement Coordinator - Southeast

Travel Tip: Stay FLEXIBLE. Anything can happen at any given moment, and you might not be able to do anything about it. Once you learn how to be flexible, your trip will be more enjoyable when things go wrong. And in those moments, don’t forget to laugh!

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Global Advising Center
Angelo Pisano
Director of the Global Advising Center

Travel Tip: Take only memories and leave nothing but footprints. Be aware of the space that you are occupying in your host culture. Talk, talk, and talk some more with the locals no matter how uncomfortable you feel!

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Chris Batchelder
Student Advising Coordinator

Travel Tip: After visiting biggies like the Colosseum and the David, I recommend visiting less traditional sites and to espouse a spirit of initiative during their time abroad. By being the master of your study abroad experience, I guarantee you will leave more confident in yourself and you will have a stronger sense of independence.

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Patrick Harvey
Student Advisor

Travel Tip: Traveling to a new country can be stressful, so learn to embrace the stress. Everything always seems to work out in the end.

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Anna Domings
Student Advisor

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to settle in. This new place is your home for the time being, so make it yours! Find a favorite coffee shop, chat with the local shop owners–you’ll discover lots of hidden treasures this way. The small, everyday adventures are just as valuable as the big ones!

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Jennifer Nelson
Global Advising Center Peer Advisor

Travel Tip: Although it may be exciting to travel with your new abroad friends, don’t be afraid to schedule in some alone-time! Just sitting and people-watching for a few minutes can go a long way in learning a new culture.

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Program Enrollment
Michelle Everard
Program Enrollment Manager

Travel Tip: Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

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Maggie McCally
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, & Greece

Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!

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Emma Van Loon
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator - Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai'i

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

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Julia Sementilli
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

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Zachary Bookman
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Europe

Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.

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Juliana Casella
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Europe

Travel Tip: Start walking and don’t be afraid to get lost, that is how you begin to understand your surroundings. If the culture is slow – be slow! Take hours to enjoy a coffee and connect with a friend. If the pace is fast, jump in! Be patient with yourself as you adjust. Start a journal and write everything down. It’s incredible to look back and remind yourself of who you were at a time of growth and discovery!

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Hadley Byrne
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Latin America, Scotland, & Italy

Travel Tip: When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

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Jessica Aharon
Internship Enrollment Coordinator - Internships

Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂

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Jennifer Markey
Enrollment Management Coordinator

Travel Tip: When it comes to sharing your travel stories with others, a picture is really worth a thousand words! Get creative and take photos of the world around you, so when your trip ends, you will have those visuals to help you remember every detail.

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Emma Thomas
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Internships Focus

Travel Tip: I always seek out local live music when I travel. Music is a great way to get to know the country you’re in, and it’s a great place to meet new people.

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Hailey Pensky
Admissions Assistant

Travel Tip: When traveling to a new place, speak to the locals. They will have the best recommendations for hidden gems and an authentic experience. Also, document your travels as best as you can – whether it’s through saving ticket stubs, taking pictures, or journaling, your future self will thank you for preserving the memories!

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Jacqueline Sullivan
Admissions Assistant

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid! Make friends and put yourself outside your comfort zone. Embrace your new surroundings and try to learn and share as much as you can with the people around you. Journal or scrapbook to preserve those priceless memories forever – future you will be glad you did.

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Hillary Smith
Temporary Admissions Assistant

Travel Tip: Find a bookstore that you love (even better if it has a coffee shop) and become a regular! I think one of the best ways to feel familiar and comfortable in a new city is to carve out a special place for yourself that can become a part of your routine while still immersing yourself in your new environment.

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Custom Programs
Aaron Faucher
Assistant Director of Custom Programs & Inclusive Outreach

Travel Tip: Learn a few phrases in the local language (besides “thank you”). Practicing your new vocabulary when meeting new people will often earn you a compliment on your skill, or maybe just a smile or laugh. Either way, it’s a great icebreaker!

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Jamie Hammond
Assistant Director of Custom Programs

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid of street food! It’s often the least expensive and most delicious. You’ll learn the true strength of your stomach and might even come home with a few new favorite treats (or at the very least, some good stories!)

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Beth Cahoon
Assistant Manager of Faculty-Led Programs

Travel Tip: The unexpected will happen. Turn the stress into an adventure and a story!

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Alexandra Kenney
Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator: Europe

Travel Tip: Take advantage of every opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone by trying new things and meeting new people!

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Marcella McNerney
Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator: South East Asia, North & South America, South Pacific (Australia, Hawai'i, and New Zealand)

Travel Tip: Grab your coffee at the same place every day. It’s a great way to get familiar with some locals, and make a connection to the place you’re in. You might even begin to feel like a local yourself!    

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Kate Rae
Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator: Italy & Greece

Travel Tip: Keep your passport in a safe place. This sounds basic, but after accidentally dropping mine into the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam (and jumping in after it!) it’s a tip I’ll never forget. Also, keep a travel journal with you – you will appreciate reliving your adventures (and memorable mishaps) after your trip.

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Kezia Chee
Faculty-Led Program Coordinator: East Asia

Travel Tip: Hostels are a great way to meet like-minded travelers of a similar age, but for an even more authentic experience, try booking an Airbnb or, better yet, finding accommodation through sites like CouchSurfing, WorkAway, HelpX, or WWOOF. Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in the daily lives of locals, but sharing a home together can often form bonds that lead to long-lasting friendship.

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Emily Conlogue
Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator: UK, France, and Germany

Travel Tip: Do your research, but be ready for surprises! See changes to your plans as opportunities for new and unexpected fun, and try not to let your preconceptions keep you from connecting with other people.

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Emma Sabella
Faculty-Led Program Coordinator

Travel Tip: Traveling light has many benefits and you’d be surprised how many pairs of shoes, outfits, and gear can fit in carry-on-sized luggage. Traveling light saves money, time, and you never have to worry about losing your belongings.

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Marketing & Communications
Jenn Weisgerber
Director of Marketing and Communications

Travel Tip: I think one of the most grounding things you can do in a new location is take some time to appreciate the natural beauty around you – notice what’s different and new, and especially notice what you may not see again.

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Siobhan Tripp
Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to get lost or for something unexpected to happen. In my experience you tend to meet the best people and have the best stories when things don’t go according to plan.

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Ruthie Kirchner
Senior Video Production & Marketing Coordinator

Travel Tip: Heed the words of Erykah Badu and get that window seat (or at least, never the middle seat), listen to your gut (for instincts and for yummy food), and make an intention to feel empathy. It’s hard to live in an area supported by tourism, so extend extra courtesy and respect to the locals.

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Zoë Crabtree
Asst. Manager of Marketing & Communications

Travel Tip: Find somewhere to become a regular. A park bench. A grocery store. A local library. A cafe. Observe your travel destination through this place and absorb the rhythm of it.

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Catherine Rivard
Financial Aid Advisor & Marketing Coordinator

Travel Tip: When I visit a new place, I try to walk everywhere as much as I can. It helps me familiarize myself with the area, and you never know what you’ll stumble upon!

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Hilary Varney
Mailroom Assistant

Travel Tip: Don’t over-schedule yourself. Always leave time to explore on your own so you can discover things that spark your individual interest.

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Finance & Administration
Elayna Hebert
Director of Human Resources & Operations

Travel Tip: When I lost my phone when I landed in Spain for the first time, I thought it was the end of the world. I realized that the experiences I had without being distracted or taking photos was a gift. Remember to be present in your journeys!

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Tyler Lucas
Finance Director

Travel Tip: Explore the local cuisine! I always tend to do a little research in advance about what foods are unique to the region and seek them out – it really helps me to feel more connected to the community that I’m visiting.

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Pete Brown
Director of IT & Technical Operations

Travel Tip: Watch people and listen to them, and make no assumptions.

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Chris Alexander
IT Administrator

Travel Tip: Wherever you are, try to adapt to your new environment. Pick up as much of the local language and engage in the local customs as much as you can while you are there.

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Caitlin Kobylarz
Finance Manager

Travel Tip: Between 2004-07, Caitlin lived in Singapore in Southeast Asia. In that time frame, Caitlin was fortunate enough to have opportunities to travel to the following places: Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Switzerland, Philippines, and a few others. If anybody would ever like to talk about experiences or learn more about Singapore, feel free to reach out!

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Alec Hoverman
Recruitment & Talent Coordinator

Travel Tip: In order to have stories to tell your friends and family when you get home, you must first live those stories. Plan well, but don’t shy away from taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

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Jenna Farrell
Human Resources, Operations, & Events Coordinator

Travel Tip: Dismiss all of your preconceived ideas about what travel may be like, and allow yourself to let it happen as it does and take it all in!

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Fiona Leonas
Finance Coordinator

Travel Tip: Don’t travel just to cross names off a list – find connections with the places you travel to. It’s better to spend an afternoon with the new friends you made at the hostel, rather than seeing the museum that you just put on your list because it was something to do. Also be respectful and responsible on social media.

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Karina Vaid
Office Coordinator

Travel Tip: Live in the present moment! Stay in connected to of all your senses. Smell the air, feel the ground, and take in every part of what is around you.

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William Gill-Letourneau
Finance Department Assistant

Travel Tip: The metro system in major cities is almost always the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to get around. With Google and Apple maps, it is very easy to navigate!

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Stephanie Boisvert
Junior Staff Accountant

Travel Tip: Don’t Google tourist hot spots. Indulge in the culture, try ALL the native foods and ask the locals the best spots to visit.

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Mayra Estevez
Temporary Finance Assistant

Travel Tip: Ask locals where they like to eat and shop. You may find a special place that you might have missed otherwise and oftentimes these small interactions with people can help put you at ease and make you feel a little more at home while in a far away place.

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