Study Abroad Peer Advisors

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Study Abroad Peer Advisors (SAPAs) help the Office for Study Abroad in communicating vital information and resources to students hoping to study abroad. SAPAs are held to a high standard and care about sharing their insight and accurate information with their peers and classmates. Peer Advisors are an integral part of the advising team. They hold weekly office hours for all students interested in studying abroad. 

 

Meet Our Study Abroad Peer Advisors!

 

Sohail Husain

Sohail Husain

Program: CIEE Amman - Middle East Studies

Office Hours: Mondays 2pm-4pm

Hi! My name is Sohail Husain and I am a senior in the Elliott School, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in the Middle East and a Minor in Economics. Last spring, I had the opportunity to study abroad with CIEE in Amman, Jordan, specifically doing Middle East Studies and Arabic. I really enjoyed taking courses with amazing professors from the University of Jordan and I was able to improve my Arabic skills significantly, along with improving my confidence in speaking. Aside from academics, I explored the beauty of Jordan, with places like Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. I made life-long friends and had some of the best food in my life! I love spending time in the DC area with family and friends or going home to North Carolina. I look forward to helping students in their study abroad experience!

Liz Pasnik

Liz Pasnik

Program: University College Dublin GW Exchange

Office Hours: Mondays 2:30pm-4:30pm

My name is Elizabeth Pasnik and I am a senior majoring in Civil Engineering! I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland through the GW Exchange Program with SEAS. I’m from Buffalo, NY and have always been interested in visiting other countries due to our close proximity to the Canadian border. While abroad, I explored areas throughout Ireland and also went to 12 other countries! My favourite part of this experience was definitely spending the night in the Sahara Desert. On campus, I am in the engineering mentor program, part of greek life and am the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers. I look forward to working with prospective study abroad students and helping them find their program!

Abigail Baker

Abigail Baker

Program: Global Bachelor's Program - Shanghai, University of Sydney GW Exchange, University of Edinburgh GW Exchange

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30pm-3:30pm

Abigail is currently a senior studying international business. Seeking a truly international experience to complement her degree, she studied abroad three semesters in a row at Fudan University in Shanghai (Spring 2018), University of Sydney (Autumn 2018) in Australia, and University of Edinburgh (Spring 2019) in Scotland through the GW Global Bachelor's Program. Living in three distinct regions, Abigail gained various perspectives from students across the world in her business courses at each university. She enjoyed learning from her peers, networking with other professionals, and visiting renowned sites during each semester. By joining the Global Bachelor's Program, Abigail was able to combine her academic, professional, and personal goals in a meaningful and practical experience. In addition to her studies, Abigail enjoyed volunteering in the local community, traveling with her new friends from across the globe, and learning about the local culture. Some highlights from her journeys abroad include exploring the various types of Chinese food, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, and learning to play the bagpipes in Edinburgh.

Sarah Stupp

Sarah Stupp

Program: GW Chile

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm

Sarah is a rising senior in the Columbian College of Arts and Science majoring in Spanish with a minor in Public Health. She participated in the GW Chile program in Santiago in the Spring semester of 2019. Sarah was enrolled at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she took classes in Spanish with other Chileans on subjects such as Art and Politics, Intercultural Health, and Cinema and Literature in Latin America. During her trip, Sarah traveled all over Chile and also did a small trip to Peru. Some the things she did were: climbing the glacial volcano Villarrica in Pucón, hiking in the driest desert in the world (San Pedro, Atacama, Chile), hiking in Torres del Paine in Patagonia, occasional trips to the coast of Chile and visiting Machu Picchu, Peru! Sarah loved traveling throughout Chile, meeting new people, and trying foods she never heard of! She gained not only better Spanish speaking skills, but also made amazing new friends along the way.

Julia Lemp

Julia Lemp

Program: GW England - University College London

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Julia is a senior majoring in Political Communication and minoring in Human Services and Social Justice. She spent her junior year studying at University College London through the GW England program. She took unique classes like radio production, information studies, and international law, and participated in a data curation project with the British Library. Highlights from her time abroad include seeing 33 West End Shows, doing community service in London, and traveling throughout Europe! She's excited to become a peer advisor to help other students learn about the amazing opportunities study abroad can offer. Cheers!

Ally Parpounas

Ally Parpounas

Program: DIS Copenhagen

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Ally is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in psychology and biology. She studied is Copenhagen in the spring semester of her junior year where she took courses in psychopharmacology and neuroimaging and worked in a research lab. Ally spent her days in Denmark biking around the windy streets, cooking countless meals with her visiting host family and friends, learning about the wonders of Danish design, and, of course, eating way too many delicious pastries. Though she misses her new Scandinavian home away from home, Ally is excited to be back in DC to share her incredible experience and help other GW students plan for their time abroad!

Graham Benedict

Graham Benedict

Program: Middlebury C.V. Starr School in Jordan

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1pm-3pm

Graham is a rising senior majoring in International Affairs with a regional concentration in the Middle East. Seeking to boost his Arabic proficiency, he studied abroad in at the Middlebury School in Jordan for the 2018-19 academic year and studied politics, civil society, gender, and environmental issues in MENA. He fondly remembers meeting with tribal sheikhs to hear about how family structure underpins Jordanian society, riding minibuses to [almost] every corner of the country, taking in the smell of rain in the desert, and purchasing many kilos of cheesy pastries. He looks forward to helping others plan a super awesome and fulfilling study abroad experience!

Udochi Esomonu

Udochi Esomonu

Program: GW England - School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS)

Office Hours: Thursdays 10am-12pm

Udochi is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociocultural Anthropology. She studied in London, United Kingdom during the Spring 2019 semester. For her semester abroad she directly enrolled in the School for Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London. Udochi's highlights from her semester abroad included engaging in UK political discussions both in and out of the classroom, spending time with friends at SOAS' student bar, exploring London's amazing museums, and exploring new coffee shops. She grew an intense appreciation for tea and scones with jam and clotted cream while living in London. I'm extremely excited to be a study abroad peer advisor and I look forward to helping students in their own study abroad journeys!

Ilona De Heusch-desqu

Ilona De Heusch-desqu

Program: Bocconi University GW Exchange

Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm

I am a rising senior studying International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Business Administration. During the Spring semester, I attended Bocconi University in Milan as an exchange student. I chose Milan for its central location and to learn a new language. In my free time, I roamed around the lively city of Milan, visited museums, attended the famous Fashion and Design events, and spent time with the amazing friends I made throughout my exchange. I visited over 10 Italian cities and 8 European countries learning so much about different cultures along the way. As a study abroad peer advisor, I hope to help GW students learn more about study abroad opportunities and hopefully embark on their own study abroad journey.

Geena Peyton

Geena Peyton

Program: Deakin University GW Exchange

Office Hours: TBD

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Career Integration & Study Abroad

Take the next steps to connect your Study Abroad experience with your career development.  Meet with a Career Coach to help you translate your experience to your resume, in interviews and with your future GW leadership goals and internship or job pursuits.