Peer Advisors

Who better to ask about studying abroad than a fellow student who's been there, done that?  Visit the Study Abroad Office in Young Hall, room 105 to meet our Peer Advisors.  Call 494-2383 for their specific work hours.

Name: Cara Birschbach
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Program: Global Leadership in Peru, UC3M GEARE
Location: Peru; Madrid & Barcelona, Spain

How has studying abroad affected your future goals??
Studying abroad really opened my eyes to all the possibilities that are available to me around the globe. I realized that I would love to pursue a career focused more internationally, and would like to live and work abroad one day.

What would you tell to someone on the fence about studying abroad??
DO IT! I can't encourage study abroad enough to prospective students. Go abroad and go for as long as you can! You will always come back wishing you had more time. It will change your life in the best way possible!
Name: Alexandra Adriano
Major: Management
Program: University of Padova- Galilean School of Higher Education Honors College
Location: Padua, Italy

Why do you recommend study abroad to Purdue students??
There are so many compelling reasons to study abroad! I really love how you get a much better feel for the country you choose because you aren't just a tourist, you're a student who gets an insider's perspective on what life is really like there. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people, both from Purdue and from your host country, all while getting classes you would have taken at Purdue anyway checked off or by taking some classes that are only offered in that part of the world! There are also a ton of other reasons why I recommend studying abroad like improving or learning a language, seeing more of the world, or potentially breaking out of your comfort zone!

How has your study abroad experience affected you??
I have grown an immense amount in many ways since coming back from my study abroad. Through my time abroad, I learned about myself, I developed the way I view the world and the people in it, and it sparked a lifelong love of travelling, exploring different languages and cultures, and creating a global network of friends and peers. Studying abroad helped fuel my passion for pursuing an international career and inspired me to want to work, and live, abroad in the future.

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