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Our Current Global Ambassadors

Josie Dokken

Psychology & Global Studies

Preston, England
Josie Dokken
  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I decided to go abroad specifically for my major (global studies) but I’d always wanted to visit other countries and learn about other cultures.  
  • What were you nervous about?
    • I was nervous about absolutely everything. It was my first time traveling by myself and to another country. I was very nervous about the classes and if they’d be super different from the ones, I was taking at SDSU. I was scared that I wouldn’t make any friends and I would basically be by myself in a country where I knew no one.  
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • My favorite experience was when I went to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day. It was absolutely breathtaking, and I got to explore the city a lot. We stayed in a hotel on the sea which was stunning, and it was just a really great experience with the friends I’d made.  
  • What did you learn about yourself after going through this experience?
    • I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. I did end up making friends, I travelled by myself and survived, and I learned how to adapt to a different country’s schooling, food system, culture, and everything that goes with adapting to a new environment. I was amazed at how well I handled not having phone service for the first couple weeks, especially because I had to get from London to Preston, so I learned how to navigate by asking questions and reading maps. It was a very eye-opening experience.  
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Some words of wisdom I would have would be “you CAN do it” this is because some people never get the opportunity to study abroad because they think it costs too much or they’re scared they won’t find their way in a new country. I learned very quickly that people are very willing to help if you just ask for it. Don’t be afraid to ask someone if you need help and always remember to put yourself out there when it comes to making friends and forming lifelong bonds.  

Emily Kallem

Music Education & Spanish

Valencia, Spain
Emily Kallem
  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I decided to study abroad the first time for my Spanish major requirements, but mainly for my love for travel. I wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone and force myself to gain confidence and skills in who I was and in the Spanish Language. 
  • What were you nervous about?
    • I was nervous because it was the first time I was going somewhere like that by myself. I was uncomfortable going and doing things on my own, which I knew I would have to do on an individual program like the one I went on. 
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • My favorite experience while abroad was just trying to dive as deep into the culture that I possibly could. I explored Valencia constantly on my own and explored other places in Europe with a few friends. Not having a plan and just leaving the apartment brought the best memories. 
  • What did you learn about yourself after going through this experience?
    • I learned that I could be confident on my own and be fully independent. I also learned that I had skills with people and culture that I didn't know I had prior. My love for culture and language grew during both of my study abroad experiences.
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Simply, if you have any interest in going, do it. And if you have any thoughts on going somewhere on your own with a program, do it. Getting out of your comfort zone will create problems that build you as a person, and experiences that will change how you think and live. 
Sydnie Peters

Ag Ed, Communications and Leadership & Dairy Manufacturing

Nottingham, England

  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    •  I began reading at a young age. Books are the cheapest form of traveling and I enjoyed being able to experience different places and worlds in print form. After arriving at college and seeing the study abroad booth, I knew that this would be the perfect way for me to have a real adventure of my own. Growing up with Harry Potter influenced my country decision.
  • What were you nervous about?
    • Overall my excitement outweighed my nerves, however I was a little nervous about living in a larger city.
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • I really enjoyed my semester abroad and wished it could have been longer.  I had a lot of fun experiences during the week with the people in my dorm and on the numerous weekend trips we would take together.  Although I would have to say that visiting the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter was one of my top favorites.
  • What did you learn about yourself after going through this experience?
    • Growing up I received a lot of teasing about lacking common sense, but after successfully doing a semester abroad and navigating my way through a bit of Western Europe alone (even surviving being lost and with a dead phone in Belgium), I feel pretty confidant in believing that I have plenty of common sense and street smarts.  Also growing up I never wanted to leave my small hometown, but after experiencing the world I realized that I really want to experience the world, and hope to do my masters and potentially even live abroad for a short term.
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Even if you are only just considering it, just go!  My study abroad semester was one of the highlights of my college career and easily worth more than anything I missed at SDSU.  I don’t know anyone who has regretted studying abroad.  Also if you are going, pack, revise, revise, and revise again.  Even going over with only one large suitcase and a carry-on, I was surprised at how much stuff I didn’t need to bring.  Lastly, thinking specifically with experience of being lost in Belgium, always bring a portable charger or two for your phone.  

Audrey Ruml

Human Biology Pre-Med

London, England & Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Audrey Ruml

Nathan Sangster 

Human Biology Pre-Med

Berlin, Germany 
Nathan Sangster
  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I decided to study abroad because I was looking for the adventure of a lifetime! I had never traveled by myself before or gone abroad so I wanted to experience a culture and place that was super different from what I was used to.
  • What were you nervous about?
    • I was super excited up until a week before I left for my summer abroad and then I became very nervous over a lot of little details like what would happen if I forgot this item or piece of clothing. So, I would definitely recommend planning a little extra and not putting off things until the last minute! I was definitely most nervous of actually navigating the airports by myself, which ended up being interesting, but I learned a lot!
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • My favorite experiences would have to be just exploring the city of Berlin with the friends I made while studying abroad. We discovered so many cool shops, graffiti and places to eat! I also had a ton of fun on a weekend trip to Ireland where we checked out Dublin and Galway!
  • What did you learn about yourself after going through this experience?
    • I learned that I’m definitely way more capable than I thought! Getting lost in a German airport and missing a connecting flight can really make you think on your feet!
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Be flexible and open to anything! Things going exactly to plan rarely make good stories.

Elizabeth Stanger

Mathematics & Exercise Science

Valencia, Spain
Elizabeth Stanger
  • Why did you decide to study abroad?
    • I decided to go abroad because I thought it would be a good way to experience a different culture and expand my knowledge of a foreign language. I also choose to go aboard because I was able to get an internship and experience professional that I wouldn’t be able to get in the United States.
  • What were you nervous about?
    • I was nervous about just truly being on my own in another country where I didn’t know how everything works and didn’t have anyone I knew. After arriving all my nerves went away because I knew I had people to help me and it would take time for me to adjust to a new culture.
  • What was your favorite experience while abroad?
    • I had so many amazing experiences abroad, but my favorite part was probably being able to just walk around the different amazing cities in Europe. I travel to many different places and every time I would start at one point and just walk the whole city which was amazing because I got to truly see everything and experience the whole city in all of its beauty.
  • What did you learn about yourself after going through this experience?
    • I learned a lot about myself through my time abroad the most important thing was that I can really adapt to all scenario and make myself feel comfortable. The whole time I was abroad I was having to constantly adapt to changing scenario and what that taught me is that it’s okay to have things change and that you just have to adapt to them.  
  • What are some words of wisdom for students considering studying abroad?
    • Words of wisdom that I would share to other SDSU students are going abroad are to be willing to experience everything and take it in. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity so when you go make sure that you have no regrets and do everything you wanted to do. Also be able to adapt since everything will be so different.