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Global Key Ambassadors

tian tian

Tian Tian is a Chinese international student studying at VSB. She is a sophomore and is planning to major in Finance and Management. Tian participated in the Global Citizens Program to London in the Spring of her Freshman year.

Jamie Silk

Jamie is a junior chemical engineering major with a double minor in bioengineering and Spanish. When she got to Villanova, Jamie knew she wanted to study abroad, but never even dreamt that she would have the opportunity to go twice! Her summer interning in London and semester studying in Rome have been some of her favorite memories of my college experience and have helped her form connections not only with people in her host country, but also other Villanova students who Jamie now calls her best friends and roommates. Her dream post-graduation is to move back to London and work there full time!

Hanna Connolly

Johanna Connolly and I she is from Monmouth County, New Jersey. She is a VSB sophomore pursuing a double major in Accounting and Finance, with a possible minor in MIS. Through the Global Citizens Program, Hanna studied and worked an accounting internship in Singapore during her Spring 2017 semester. She got to visit countries she never dreamed she would get to see in her lifetime: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore of course. She fell in love with Southeast Asia and discovered a desire to travel and see the world. Studying abroad opened her mind and expanded her  comfort zone. She gained new perspectives from her experiences and made lasting memories.

Mike White

I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, a vibrant college town in the foothills of the Black Forest in the southwestern German state of Baden Württemberg. During my time abroad, I was able to travel through many different parts of Europe, from the Scottish Coast to the Baltic States and down through the Swiss Alps. During my travels, I was able to study the European Union and gain a better understanding of what membership in the union means to each member state. As a Political Science and Economics major, I was also able to gain new viewpoints on key world issues and understand perspectives that were at times very different from what I knew in the United States.

Nicole Palazzo

My two main goals when coming to Villanova were to get a degree in mechanical engineering and to study and live in another country for a semester - and I have been able to do both! I had the opportunity to take engineering courses with Madrileños at two of Spain’s top universities and learn more about the Spanish language and culture with intercambios and field trips. Additionally, I visited cities on two new continents, tasted traditional cuisines, admired stunning works of art and architecture, and befriended locals and other travelers from all corners of the world. It was hard to say goodbye to a new home - but I am also happy to be back at Villanova where I can tap dance with Nova Noise, serve lattes at Holy Grounds, and run the Spring Concert with CAT Music. I had such a positive and life-changing experience in studying abroad that has influenced my future career aspirations and my final year as an undergrad, and I hope I can inspire other students, especially engineers, to achieve their dreams of studying abroad!

Susan Rykowski

My name is Susan Rykowski and I am from Westchester, New York.  I am majoring in Accounting, with co-majors in Business Analytics and International Business, and a minor in Mandarin.  I studied and interned abroad in Shanghai with Villanova’s Shanghai Business Internship Program during Summer 2017.  I had an amazing time abroad and gained valuable work experience interning at an e-commerce consulting firm. 

This program allowed me to add to my resume while also learning about and touring some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world!

Kat Blehl

My name is Kathleen, but most people know me as Kat. Over the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to study abroad in the Czech Republic, China, and Italy. I am very passionate about the world around me, and love fashion and photography. Upon graduation, my hope is to teach English abroad and to continue exploring all the world has to offer!

Cathy Harwarth

Hi! My name is Cathy Harwarth and I am from Fairfax, VA. I am currently a senior in CLAS majoring in Economics with minors in Chinese and Psychology. During my time at Villanova, I have studied abroad twice including summer 2015 in Shanghai, China through the Chinese language program as well as my spring 2017 semester abroad at DIS in Copenhagen. Outside of academics I am involved with my sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, I facilitate for Sophomore Service Learning Community, and I facilitate for freshman in the Global Learning Community. In my free time I love to travel, read, and spend time with my friends and family. I have visited sixteen countries including China, Russia, and Turkey and this past spring I took 26 flights over the course of my four months abroad.

Lindsey Eichelman

Lindsey is a senior at Villanova and hails from Hinsdale, Illinois. Lindsey caught the travel bug early in life and she loved study abroad so much she did it twice! Spending a summer in Shanghai and a semester in Barcelona, Lindsey is well on her way to reaching her goal of traveling to all seven continents (only 3 left!).  When she’s not traveling, you can find Lindsey binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy and eating mozzarella sticks from CampCo.

Marissa Sully

Hello! My name is Marisa Sully and I am a sophomore from the great state of Texas. I love traveling, photography and horseback riding. I had the opportunity to study abroad the spring semester of my freshman year and it was one of the best decisions I have made. The 5 months that I was abroad gave my unforgettable memories, lifetime experiences, and a great bond with the 4 other Villanova students that I was with. I would love to answer any of your questions!

Hello, my name is Erik Wilson, I am a rising sophomore from New Jersey. I intend to become a Finance and International Business co-major with a minor in Chinese. I just got finished studying abroad this summer in Shanghai and Beijing, China working as a marketing intern for a non-profit company. I’m a very energetic and friendly person who loves meeting new people, playing or watching sports, and eating Mexican food. I’m extremely excited for this school year and look forward to interacting with many of you in the weeks to come.

My name is Alyson DelleDonne and I am a Junior at Villanova! I’m majoring in Computer Science with a double minor in Political Science and Math. Outside of school, I’m one of the varsity coxswains on the men’s rowing team and am a member of Delta Gamma. I’ve also participated in two summer study abroad programs through Villanova. In my time abroad, I was able to visit the small village where my great-grandparents were from, learn how to speak a new language, hike up (a very small part of) Gran Sasso in the Apennine Mountains, and meet some incredible people from all over the world. Travelling is one of my favorite things and I can’t wait to see more of the world!

ally ohara

Ally is a Communication major and Psychology minor, originally from Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She studied in Barcelona the spring semester of her junior year and loved having a marketing internship and living with a local Spanish student. Ally's internship the following summer was at a marketing firm that specializes in destinations, hotels, and hospitality brands so she learned a lot about places outside of just Europe and can’t wait to travel more after graduation.

kate keoghan

Kate is a senior double major in economics and political science and an SBI alum. At Villanova she is involved in the Bridge Society and loves taking Zumba classes at the gym. She enjoys reading the newspaper and following politics. Last spring, Kate fell in love with salsa dancing and eating tapas while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Lars is a senior Political Science and Economics double major from northern California. He enjoys doing just about anything outside. If you have any questions about Prague, feel free to reach out to him!

Amanda Morgan

For me, London was the perfect choice of a city for studying abroad—insanely picturesque, limitless places to explore, and endless amounts of tea!  I have traveled to many countries in Europe, but London was one that suited me really well.  I hope to study abroad again next year, and I would definitely want to go to a different continent! 

Jane Ross

Jane is a junior Communications major with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. She studied abroad in the fall of 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark at DIS - Study Abroad. While in Copenhagen, Jane was able to gain real world public relations experience though study tours and firm visits with her Strategic Communication core course. While abroad, Jane was able to backpack in Sweden, see the Northern Lights in Iceland, and explore cities such as London, Dublin, and Amsterdam. Jane's time in Denmark helped her gain a nuanced global perspective, and grow a better sense of independence. 

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