Below is the 2017-2018 Peer Advisor team. Peer Advisors live and breathe study abroad, have a wide variety of experiences & backgrounds, and would love to talk to you about your study abroad plans.
- Want to ask one of them about their program or experience abroad? Go for it! That’s the reason their email addresses are listed in their bios.
- * Denotes the student is enrolled in the International Plan
- Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Peer Advisor? We’ll be hiring again in Fall 2018!
Jessie Berry – Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; 4th year / Fort Collins, CO / Exchange: University of Cape Town, South Africa
I chose to do an exchange program in South Africa because I wanted to be fully immersed in a new culture. I lived with a host family, and although the classes were in English, I was able to hear and learn Afrikaans and Xhosa. I took engineering and humanities classes that all transferred to my degree. The South African professors were very welcoming and I loved expanding my global perspective by learning from them and other students. The campus is located on the side of a mountain, with views of the City Center, and surrounded by the ocean! Hiking, surfing, safaris, and exploring the city were my favorite things! Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zivan Bholai – Aerospace Engineering; 3rd year / Orlando, FL / GT-Lorraine: Metz, France
While I was in France, I became the Bureau de Etudiants (BDE) president and helped students further enjoy their time abroad by hosting multiple events and helping set up an international career fair. I also had the opportunity to visit 14 different countries! This opportunity has been one of the most rewarding since I’ve been at Tech and I hope to help many more have an experience like mine. Questions about my experience? Email me at: email@example.com.
*Christian Brice – Computer Engineering, Japanese Language Studies minor; 4th year / Japan LBAT; Research Apprenticeship/Exchange: Tokyo Tech, Japan
I love photography and videography, often accumulating hundreds of pictures before I even have the time to sort through them all. As a child, I traveled a lot because of my dad’s job and was able to experience a wide variety of cultures. Those experiences are what ignited my passion for exploring cultures across the globe. I’ve spent almost 2 years at various study abroad programs in East Asia including Hong Kong and Japan. My research apprenticeship/academic exchange at Tokyo Tech allowed me to work at a robotics lab for a year and gain invaluable experience in the field. Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madi Crymes – Neuroscience; 2nd year / Newnan, GA / Oxford Summer Program
I am a third generation Tech student, involved in multiple things around campus including volunteer organizations, clubs, and greek life. My hobbies include reading, traveling, and cooking. What I loved about studying abroad was the chance to meet lots of different people. My program was easily one of the most diverse and enriching learning experiences I’ve had and I definitely plan on going abroad again! Questions about my experience? Email me at: email@example.com.
Mihir Dhoot – Industrial & Systems Engineering & Economics, French minor; 2nd year / Johns Creek, GA / GT-Lorraine : Metz, France; Exchange: Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
I’ve always loved traveling, so choosing to study abroad was a relatively easy decision for me; however, I was blown away by how many different options I had. I eventually chose to go to GT-Lorraine to improve my French speaking skills and receive ISYE and ECON class credit during the summer of 2017. I then did an exchange program with the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland during the fall of 2017, where I made an incredible array of new friends and memories and received ECON credit for classes offered in English. Feel free to ask me about pierogis, the Eiffel Tower, or anything else about my experiences abroad! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Hamilton – Industrial & Systems Engineering; 3rd year / Winston-Salem, NC / Exchange: Sydney, AUS
During my time in Oz I managed to make my way up most of the East coast, down to Melbourne and the great ocean, and to the Outback; as well as exploring all there is to offer in Sydney and the surrounds. I chose to jump into an exchange program without knowing anyone so I would be completely immersed in the culture and meet people from all over the world, which I did. If you are interested in going to Sydney or on any exchange program, please reach out and I will be more than happy to tell you about my experience! Email me at: email@example.com.
*Riccel Kouns – Industrial Engineering & Applied Language (Spanish) and Intercultural Studies; 4th year / Yonkers, NY / Mexico-Ecuador-Spain LBATs; Exchanges: Argentina, Chile, Spain
Studying abroad has played an integral role in the development of my academic and career goals. It has been inspiring discovering a community of students all around the world who share my own interests and passions. These global opportunities go beyond rigorous course work. Personally, my favorite activities include traveling, running, and eating. No matter where I am, you can always find me with a pair of running shoes and a trip is not complete without eating a national dish (or two…). I hope to encourage others to not only study abroad but to grow as a global citizen in their time at Georgia Tech! Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Krakovski – Public Policy, Biochemistry minor; 2nd year / Alpharetta, GA / BEST Summer program: Lyon, France
I am very interested in Public Health and hope to pursue a career in the field of disease prevention. I am from Alpharetta, Georgia, but my entire family is from Moscow, Russia—so experiencing culture was very important to me. I traveled to several different cities including Berlin, Venice and Florence, Paris and Annecy, and Barcelona. The program was centered in the breathtaking city of Lyon and I could hit the whole city in a 30-minute metro ride. However—this whole trip would have not been possible if it was not for the Gilman scholarship. I want to encourage every individual to study abroad and to consider the bountiful amount of scholarships available. Questions about my experience? Email me at: email@example.com.
Bridget Lee – Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Design minor; 4th year / Melbourne, FL / Exchange: National University of Ireland-Galway
As a third year BME student in Navy ROTC, I never thought that I would be able to fit a study abroad into my Georgia Tech experience. However, OIE opportunities are far reaching and flexible. As long as you are willing to do some legwork, you will be able to find a program to fit your needs and schedule. I was the only GT exchange student at NUI Galway at that time and, by being fully immersed in another university, I was able to learn many valuable lessons regarding another culture and a lot about myself. From day to day independent living in a new country to paragliding through the Swiss Alps, this experience has been defining in my college experience. Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Katriella Lumbantobing – Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems & Korean minors; 3rd year / St. Louis, MO / Exchange: Yonsei University, Korea
I went on exchange with Yonsei University as part of my International Plan requirements. Living on my own, in a new country, being forced to meet new people and have new experiences, was an experience incomparable to any other I’ve had in my life. I grew in so many ways from my 5 months abroad and I’m excited to help Tech students have similar life changing experiences! Questions about my experience? Email me at: email@example.com.
Lane McAree – Business (Operations & Supply Chain Management), Engineering minor; 3rd year / Roswell, GA / Oxford Summer Program
I am involved in the Society of Women in Business, Kids @ Kollege, Relay for Life, and Greek Life. I also work part-time at the Advanced Technology Development Center in Tech Square. I traveled to 11 countries and about 20 cities on my program. The experience was life-changing and I am hoping to go abroad again soon and would love to speak to any students who are interested in an experience abroad while at Tech! Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Ariana Morgan – Business Administration; 2nd year / Evans, GA / Argentina Summer Program in International Affairs & Business
While abroad, I received the opportunity to learn about soccer’s connection with global politics, while emphasizing the economics of the Latin American Global South. With this knowledge, I plan to earn a Latin American Affairs Certificate. Currently, I am a member of the International Plan, so my study abroad adventures will continue! In the future, I plan on attending the French LBAT in Paris, as well as a semester abroad in Boconi, Italy. Questions about my experience? Email me at: email@example.com.
*Grace Oberst – Industrial Engineering, Global Development minor, 2nd year / Marietta, GA / Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development
I participated in the pilot version of the faculty-led Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development and spent 12 weeks at Tokyo Tech studying sustainability using problem-based learning with GA Tech students, as well as Tokyo Tech Students. I’m also passionate about learning foreign languages – so far I’ve studied French, Korean, and Japanese – and I hope to intern globally, especially in Japan. Some of my hobbies include creative writing, playing violin, and hiking. On campus, I’m involved with Erato (literary-arts journal), SWE, and Engineers for a Sustainable World. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nastasia Porres – Biomedical Engineering; 2nd year / Jackson, NJ / Barcelona Fall program
I participated in the (first ever) Barcelona Fall Study Abroad program, where I lived and studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. Apart from classes, I was able to visit 6 different cities in 4 different countries while also becoming very familiar with the Spanish lifestyle and the city of Barcelona. On top of being able to travel around Europe, the best part of my experience was the friendships I made with the other students on the program. At first I thought exploring a new country with people I had never met before was crazy, but by the end I made 30 new best friends that I now get to have fun with at Tech! Now, as a study abroad peer advisor, I hope to help other students have rewarding experiences too! Email me at: email@example.com
*Timothy Purvis – Mechanical Engineering, French minor; 3rd year / Houston, TX / French LBAT; Exchange: EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland; Global Internship: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
My first international experience at GT was the French LBAT, which I used to finish my French minor. The last was an internship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where I worked to make agricultural equipment for rural farmers. My interests are in sustainable development, clean energy, and using engineering for humanitarian goals. Outside of class my hobbies include playing golf, participating in on-campus ministries, learning languages, and all the college football that I can pack into a week.” Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Johanna Tomkiewicz – Mechanical Engineering; 2nd year / West Chester, PA / Exchange: UC3M, Spain
I’m on the rowing team at Tech and I love water sports. In addition, I’m in the International Plan and working toward a Spanish minor. To fulfill my first study abroad requirement for the IP, I participated in the UC3M Madrid Exchange Program in the Fall of 2017. I had a great time living in Madrid and I had the opportunity to travel to different cities in Spain and in Europe. In the summer of 2018 I will be studying abroad again in Mexico and Peru through two LBAT programs! Questions about my experience? Email me at: email@example.com.
Blaine Weinmann – Civil Engineering; 4th year / Orlando, FL / CEE London
I am a fourth year Civil Engineering major from Orlando, Florida. I transferred to Georgia Tech in the fall of 2016 and have loved every second of my time spent here at Tech. In my spare time I enjoy rowing, drawing, shopping, and reading books about architecture. While on my program I was able to travel to various cities across England and Europe. Questions about my experience? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.