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Peer Advisor Profiles

Trying to find a program? Wondering how to fund it? Nervous about living abroad? You're not alone!

Study Abroad Mentors Program Peer Advisors have been there and they're here for you. The StAMP peer advisors are University of Texas at Austin students who have experienced studying abroad. The peer advisors are trained to help you become aware of the range of available opportunities abroad and think through which ones might be best for you. Peer advisors are available for walk-in advising in the International Office, and can also be reached via email and telephone throughout the academic year and summer.

Peer Advising Walk-in Hours

Day Hours Last sign-in time*
Monday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (11:30 a.m.)
Thursday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)
Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m.)

*Last sign-in time is subject to change during busy advising periods.

Presentation Requests

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Peer Advisors 2013 - 2014

ashley dowell Name: Ashley Dowell

Major: Speech-Language Pathology

Study Abroad Program: Maymester 2012 -Prague, Czech Republic

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I wanted to be a Peer Advisor because I want to share the importance of travel with prospective students. My experience abroad turned my world upside down and I would love to be able to help someone get started on his or her own journey. I believe that there is a program for everyone and I want to make sure that each student finds the perfect match.

International Experience: London, Vienna, Dresden, and around Czech countryside

mia Name: Mia Collins

Major: International Relations and Global Studies

Study Abroad Program: Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Human Dynamics in Botswana

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I wanted to be a peer advisor to share my love of travel and culture with other students. I think it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and into an entirely different way of life. It makes you better appreciate other cultures, as well as you own, and gives you skills you can utilize for life’s next adventure, whatever that may be. I want to help students find programs perfectly suited for them and be able to answer any questions they may have regarding study abroad. It’s an incredible opportunity to have and I want to make sure the entire experience is enjoyable and worthwhile.

International Experience: I traveled to Switzerland and France when I was eight, which spurred my love for travel. At sixteen, I studied and lived in Florence, Italy for a month during the summer and traveled throughout Italy. I went on the first faculty-led program in Botswana this past summer, and explored South Africa once the program ended.

amanda Name: Amanda Esparza

Major: Government

Study Abroad Program: Exchange- Paris, France

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I wanted to be a peer advisor to show my peers that anything is possible, even something as far fetched as studying in a completely different country. I want to continue encouraging myself and others to explore the world, meet new people, eat different foods, and learn about other cultures. I desire to fulfill my own dreams, and to help others fulfill theirs along the way.

International Experience: Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, I was less than two hours away from the Mexican border, but due to increased violence over the years, I have only ever visited Mexico once. It was definitely one of the most memorable and best experiences of my life.

yaffa meeran Name: Yaffa Meeran

Major: Finance

Study Abroad Program: BBA Exchange in Paris, France

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: Studying abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I would love to share my passion for the program with other students and, hopefully, persuade them to make the best decision of their college career. I leaned so much, academically, culturally, and personally, from studying abroad. I want to make sure as many students as possible get the same chances as I did.

International Experience: I visited 10 countries while living in Paris! I also used to live in Dubai and have relatives in India, so I visit often. My favorite places that I have visited are Croatia and southern Spain.

madison roser Name: Madison Roser

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Study Abroad Program: Anticipated 2014

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I have not studied abroad yet, but I have traveled enough to know the opportunities traveling offers. I want to be a part of a team that is involved in helping others experience once in a life time moments. I also enjoy interacting with students personally and getting to know them during the advising process.

International Experience: Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, and repelling off mountains in Vera Cruz!

nhi le Name: Nhi Le

Major: Neuroscience

Study Abroad Program: Engineering Design & Graphics in Vienna, Austria

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I wanted to be a Peer Advisor so that I can help other students who might be overwhelmed with all of the planning and worry that comes with studying abroad. I wasn’t sure of what I was getting into when I started my own study abroad process and I want to be available to those who have questions or need advice and encouragement. I had some of my most unforgettable adventures while abroad and I want to reach out to help other students who are dreaming of experience their own memorable moments.

International Experience: Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic.

aparna kumar Name: Aparna Kumar

Major: Public Relations

Study Abroad Program: CIEE Seoul, South Korea

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I wanted to be a Peer Advisor because I know how important studying abroad was for me and I want to encourage other students to apply as well. Traveling and leaving your comfort zone is so crucial to better understanding the world and I know I would not have been able to study abroad without the help I received from the Study Abroad Office. I want to be a resource for other students in order to make their preparations to study abroad a little easier.

International Experience: My family traveled to India every few years to visit family.

gerry Name: Gerardo "Gerry" Juarez

Major: Government & Psychology

Study Abroad Program: CET Chinese Studies and Internship in Beijing

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad:

I wanted to be a peer advisor to help students gain a great experience in studying abroad. Studying abroad is one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that you just can't ignore. I would like to encourage and guide my fellow peers to gain some educational experience from around the world.

International Experience: Mexico, China.

ben nia Name: Ben Nia

Major: Chemical Engineering

Study Abroad Program: University of Sydney semester exchange.

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: To convince others to study abroad!

International Experience: I have traveled frequently outside the United States.

eduardo Name: Eduardo Luna, Senior Peer Advisor

Major: Government

Study Abroad Program: Language and Culture in Ankara, Turkey

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: Having traveled to Europe for the first time in my life this past summer (2012), I feel like I have more to give to students. I want to be able to share my experience with not only my friends, and family, but with my peers as well so that they might be inspired to seek out their own experiences.

Best advice for students planning to study abroad:Keep your mind open to new possibilities. Explore, push your boundaries, and try new things. What you get from your study abroad experience is what you put into it. Also, plan for the unexpected. Especially in airports.

austin Name: Austin Powell

Major: Journalism

Study Abroad Program: Full-year exchange: MICEFA in Paris, France

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I had the fortunate opportunity to have been able to realize my dream of studying a year in Paris.  It was an incredible experience as I grew as a person while soaking in the French culture.  Being back stateside, I would like to take my passion for study abroad to educate other prospective students.  Studying abroad is an opportunity to challenge yourself and open the mind.  Therefore I believe all students should have the chance to experience such an incredible adventure.

International Experience: Since Paris was centrally located in Europe I had the opportunity to see much of western Europe as well as Hungary in eastern Europe.

lorena watson Name: Lorena Watson

Major: Youth and Community Studies

Study Abroad Program: Language, Culture, Biology, and Engineering in Santander, Spain

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: I believe that all students should have the opportunity to study abroad. As college students, we are in the best position to be worldwide travelers. We can get worthwhile courses completed while learning the culture of the country we choose to go to! Although many students think studying abroad is out of their reach for a variety of reasons, I’m here to tell you differently! My experience abroad has inspired me to help my peers fulfill their study abroad goals and cultural growth!

chelsea jones Name: Chelsea Jones

Major: Social Work

Study Abroad Program: Social Entrepreneurship in Bejing; Maymester

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad: To provide others with the assistance and resources I was provided, that better prepared me for the experience of a lifetime.

International Experience: Fellowship Internship; Dandelion School for Migrant Children in Beijing, China.