How often can I travel while abroad? How much spending money should I bring? What are some discount travel airlines? What's the best restaurant in Paris?
These are some great questions to ask our Study Abroad Peer Mentors! Our peer mentors are current SLU students who have studied abroad in the past several semesters. These mentors have studied and travelled to a variety of locations and can provide students with valuable information when it comes to living and studying abroad. Prospective students who are thinking about studying abroad are encouraged to meet the peer mentors at their specific meeting hours to ask any and all questions about living, travelling, or studying abroad! Although there may not be a specific mentor for all of our 40 locations, these mentors can answer general questions about living abroad. You can contact the peer mentors via their SLU email (listed next to their names below)!
Meet the Peer Mentors:
Addie Buerck (firstname.lastname@example.org) Madrid- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the things you did do. so throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch your trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain
Anna Schneid (email@example.com Leiden- "Studying abroad gives you opportunities to get lost in the country, the culture and yourself. There is nothing more rewarding than finding a little one of a kind cafe in a country across the world and then being able to look at those pictures years later and still remember everything about that place. Going abroad is the best decision you will ever make and you'll make memories that will last forever."
Barb Rajski (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rome- "Studying abroad gives you the unique experience of connecting with people from cultures, languages, and backgrounds different from your own. It is a chance for you to broaden your perspectives and see the beauty of life."
Collin Peterson (email@example.com) Madrid- "No other college opportunity offers the level of self-discovery, cultural emersion, and adventure that studying abroad does. College is the perfect time to take a chance that you will not regret and experience a new part of the world."
Grace Moran (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ireland- "Living in Galway for 4.5 months was my greatest adventure. I discovered another side of the world. I loved navigating new cities and interacting with people. This opportunity allowed me to grow as a student and traveler. If you have the opportunity to study abroad; Take it!"
Hannah Dillon (email@example.com) Ireland- "Study abroad is an opportunity for your heart, mind and world to grow while experiencing an absolute adventure of lifetime."
Helen Farnan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Argentina- "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." Studying and living abroad grants us avenues to vivaciously engage in the lives and cultures of others. Seize the opportunity to become engulfed in transformative, holistic learning and adventure
Jacquelyn Ferraro (email@example.com) Madrid- "Students should take advantage of the study abroad opportunity because it is a great way to learn about new cultures and most importantly, yourself. Some of the greatest aspects of your personality will come out when you are in new and sometimes uncomfortable situations, and you will definitely never regret it. Because of new experiences, I now know how to order tea in Moscow!"
Jessica Kreidler (firstname.lastname@example.org) Madrid- "Study abroad is a unique and transformative process. Take advantage of the opportunity to expose yourself to the world! I am so thankful that I took that risk because I have been rewarded with a rich experience that taught me about growing up, discovering who I am as a young woman, and introduced me to the city that I adore and love! I would never have discovered these things about myself if I hadn't taken a leap of faith and studied in Madrid."
Maddy Sedlock (email@example.com) Madrid- "When you study abroad, you jump into the unknown, embrace that unknown, and, in the end, make that unknown your second home. So, don't just do it to say you did; do it to discover the life you'd love to live but didn't even know was an option."
Maggie Schopp (firstname.lastname@example.org) Australia- "During my study abroad experience, I got to see and do so many things that most people never get the chance to see and do in their entire lives! It gave me the ability to meet so many people and learn more about myself as well as the culture I became a part of."
Morgan Malone (email@example.com) Ireland- "Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I learned so much about not only different cultures but myself as well. I experienced things I never would have been able to if I hadn't pushed myself outside of my comfort zone to live in another country for four months. The memories and experiences are something I will keep with me for the rest of my life and I am already counting down the days until I can go back again!"
Summer Worthington (firstname.lastname@example.org) Vietnam- "Living and studying in another country is one of the most transformative experiences that you can have. You can have so many unique opportunities that don't happen anywhere else. Living, hanging out, and exploring Saigon with my Vietnamese friends opened my eyes and pushed me outside of my comfort zone and I couldn't be more thankful."
Teresa Bongiorno (email@example.com) Madrid- "Studying Abroad is a choice and it should be yours alone to make. It is a chance to go out into the world, wherever the path leads you, and to grow as a person and learn about yourself and other cultures. It is a chance to do what you want to do and have a once in a lifetime experience that you will keep with you the rest of your life. Just as everything else in life, it's what you make of it, so make the most of life and Study Abroad!"