Global ambassadors are peer mentors, inspiration leaders, and expert travelers who have participated in various global engagement programs around the world. If this sounds like you, learn more about how to apply to become a global ambassador.

Many global ambassadors have had multiple experiences, including semester and short-term programs, and every global ambassador has been trained in how to help other students. If you have questions about global engagement at Elon, start by asking a global ambassador.

Ways to get connected:

  1. Find a global ambassador by major, Fellows or Scholar program, or lived experience and advice by scrolling through the profiles below or doing a keyword search (control/command + F) for terms relevant to you. For instance, if you want to contact a finance major, keyword search “finance.”
  2. Email globalambassadors@elon.edu about being paired with a global ambassador, or email any specific questions only students can answer.

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2020-21 Global Ambassadors

Griffin Barriss

gbarriss@elon.edu

 

 

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Public Health and International Global Studies
  • Minors: Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Honors Fellow
  • Lumen Scholar
  • Model United Nations
  • Alpha Kappa Psi

My Experience:

  • PHS 382: India Public Health Practicum
  • DIS Copenhagen
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Getting to attend a traditional “Julefrokost” (Christmas Lunch) with the Danish students living in my Kollegium and with a Danish family I visited throughout the semester”

Ask Me About:

  • Studying in Europe/Scandinavia
  • Budgeting for a semester abroad
  • Undergraduate research abroad
  • Solo-Travel

Junie Vargas

jvargas3@

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Psychology and Strategic Communications
  • America Reads Tutor
  • Communications Fellow
  • New Student Orientation
  • I Am That Girl

My Experience:

  • Australia, Sunshine Coast
  • WT: The Florida Experience
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Kayaking in Byron Bay and seeing dolphins and whales up close!”

Ask Me About:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Budgeting
  • Homesickness
  • Planning trips
  • Searching for a program
  • Making friends in your host country

Cheyenne Armstrong

carmstrong9@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Psychology and International & Global Studies
  • Elon Cooking Club

My Experience:

  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Jumping into the Baltic Sea (twice!) during the winter”

Ask Me About:

  • Living in Stockholm
  • Anything about Sweden
  • Having my semester cut short due to COVID-19
  • Traveling abroad knowing zero about the language or culture

 

Katherine Axness

kaxness@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Dance Performance and Choreography
  • Minors: Chemistry and Leadership Studies
  • Leadership Fellow
  • Intersect Diversity and Leadership Conference
  • Orientation Leader
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Delta Chi Xi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Dance Works

My Experience:

  • Dance Jerusalem
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Hiking Ein Gedi and floating in the Dead Sea”

Ask Me About:

  • Studying in the Middle East
  • Studying abroad for the first time
  • Learning a language abroad
  • Packing/travel essentials
  • Studying the Performing Arts abroad

Claire Bach

cbach@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: International Business and Marketing
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Doherty Center Marketing Scholar Intern
  • TikTok Campus Rep

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning abroad
  • Things to do in London
  • Traveling around Europe
  • Going out of your comfort zone
  • First leave the country

Adam Bloom

abloom9@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class:2020
  • Major: Business Administration, Project Management
  • Minor: Political Science
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Fraternity
  • Intramural sports

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Making the most out of your abroad experience
  • Restaurants and places to go in Barcelona
  • Booking/planning travel in Europe/Africa
  • Studying in a Spanish-speaking country

Heeba Chergui

hchergui@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2022
  • Major: International and Global Studies
  • Minor: Leadership Studies
  • Public Relations Leadership Fellow
  • Elon Muslim Society
  • Chair for College Democrats
  • GEC Front Desk Assistant
  • Arabia Language Organization
  • Polyglot LLC RA

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Gilman Scholarship
  • Studying in the Middle East
  • Arabic studies
  • Experience with a host family
  • All things related to the Middle East

Samantha Chessen

schessen@elon.edu

 

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Statistics
  • Minors: Asian Studies, Accounting, Finance
  • Greek Life
  • Club Swimming
  • Hillel
  • Moseley Front Desk Attendant
  • Senior Class Giving Co-Student Relations Chair

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning abroad
  • Commuting abroad
  • Communicating while censored
  • Sports scene abroad

Catherine Cole

ccole10@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications, Political Science
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Relay for Life

My Experience:

  • Prague, Czech Republic, CET Prague
  • WT Vietnam: Business & Culture
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “The CET Prague program does a week long traveling seminar where you go to other cities in the Czech Republic, Vienna, and finally Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. We had the opportunity to do walking tours with historians and talk to local students and professors which allowed me to learn so much about Central European history from a local perspective. It was also such a fun week getting to spend time with everyone in my program exploring new places and trying new food!”

Ask Me About:

  • Smaller semester programs
  • Going abroad without friends from Elon
  • Taking a new language abroad
  • Winter Term v. Semester experiences

Annika Cole

acole18@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: International and Global, Political Science
  • Minors: Middle Eastern, Environmental & Sustainability
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Arabic Language Organization
  • America Reads
  • Peace Corps Prep Program

My Experience:

  • Amman, Jordan, CIEE
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Riding a camel in Wadi Rum, Jordan”

Ask Me About:

  • The Middle East
  • Safety for females abroad
  • Language barriers
  • Culture shock
  • Navigating potentially risky areas of the world
  • Cultural stereotypes

Ellie Cook

ecook17@elon.edu

 

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Communications Fellow
  • Student Government Association
  • Live Oak Member
  • Elon Votes
  • Greek Life

My Experience:

  • WT China: The Flying Dragon
  • Elon in San Francisco
  • WT: Communications Fellows Florida Experience
  • CIEE Berlin
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Taking a solo trip to the English countryside.”

Ask Me About:

  • Interning during global experience programs
  • Blogging while abroad
  • Exploring your city on your own
  • Planning outside trips

Margaret (Maggie) Cornejo

mcornejo@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications and Spanish
  • Student coordinator at El Centro de Español
  • Comm Fellow
  • Elon 101 TA
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
  • Lamba Pi Eta Honor Society
  • The Village Project

 

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Teaching english abroad
  • Studying in a spanish-speaking country
  • Completing an internship abroad
  • Living with the host family
  • Making friends in your host country
  • Leveraging your abroad experience into professional development

Maddison Dowell

mdowell2@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications
  • Minors: French and Business Administration
  • Member of Alpha Omicron Pi

My Experience:

  • Paris, France, NC in Paris program
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “My time spent living in the city of Paris and being able to improve my french is my favorite experience.”

Ask Me About:

  • Living in a city
  • Learning a foreign language abroad
  • Living in a city with another language
  • Being in a smaller program
  • Visa applications and Campus France
  • What happens when there’s a problem in the city (the strikes in Paris)
  • Not knowing people in your program in advance

Dinora Flores

dflores3@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Finance and International Business
  • Minor: Economics
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Odyssey Scholar
  • Woman in Finance Executive

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Taking business courses in Spanish
  • Homestay experience

Emma Fritts

efritts@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Public Health
  • Minors: Psychology and Poverty and Social Justice
  • Partners in International Development Club
  • Orientation leader
  • The Village project
  • Greek Life

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Living with a host family
  • How to prepare for abroad
  • Going out of your comfort zone
  • Planning affordable weekend trips in Europe

Sydney Gruchot

sgruchot@elon.edu

(coming soon)

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Marketing
  • Minor: Leadership Studies
  • Apartment Manager for Residence Life
  • Desk Assistant at Disabilities Resources Office
  • President of Club Equestrian Team
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Elon 101 TA
  • VP of Professional Development for American Marketing Association
  • Social Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Studying abroad on a budget
  • Applying to scholarships
  • How to combat homesickness
  • Studying abroad for the first time
  • Planning trips to different countries

Ashley Hanlon

ahanlon2@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: International Business (Regional Concentration: Europe) & Finance
  • Minor: German Studies
  • Delta Delta Delta sorority member
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society member

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning Abroad
  • Course Choices
  • Traveling on the weekends
  • Searching for a program

Meagan Harris

mharris40@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Teacher Education Program

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Internship in a different country
  • Planning weekly trips
  • Navigating London’s underground system
  • Things to do and places to eat in London

Zaina Husani

zhuseni@elon.edu

 

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Finance
  • Minors: Accounting and Data Science
  • Special Events Committee on Student Union Board (SUB)
  • Records Assistant in Admissions Department

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Food in Singapore
  • Best places to visit in Singapore
  • Traveling around Asia/Australia
  • Campus life at NTU
  • Course selection

Mary (Molly) Jenks

mjenks3@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Journalism BA and B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography BFA
  • Minor: International and Global Studies
  • Campus Outreach
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Elon Performing Arts Department

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • The performing arts and study abroad.
  • Processing through the assimilation of a new country

Olivia Kleiman

okleiman@elon.edu

 

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Human Services
  • Minors: Spanish and Poverty and Social Justice
  • Tour Guide & Admissions Office Assistant
  • Food Access Coordinator
  • Campus Kitchen
  • Religious Studies Department scholarship recipient
  • Greek life
  • Member of Hillel
  • Member of I Am That Girl

My Experience:

  • (Coming Soon)
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Zip-lining through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe”

Ask Me About:

  • (Coming Soon)

Erin Leonard

eleonard9@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Finance and Marketing
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • CCM
  • Event and facility manager at Elon

My Experience:

  • Hong Kong & Japan, Asia, Business & Culture, Summer 2018
  • WT Stolen Generation
  • Barcelona, Spain, Business + Culture CIEE
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Overall just being able to make friends from around the world and staying in touch with them. I have friends in Spain that I talk to on a weekly basis and it is cool to know that if I ever visit again, I will have people to meet up with.”

Ask Me About:

  • The good parts of studying abroad as well as the challenges that come with it.

Gracie Moore

gmoore4@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: International & Global Studies (Europe concentration)
  • Minors: French and Anthropology
  • President of Elon Animal Protection Alliance
  • Member of Alpha Chi Omega

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • homesickness and adjusting to living abroad
  • Host families
  • Meeting locals
  • Getting sick abroad
  • Women’s safety abroad

Kathryn Noon

knoon@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Public Health Studies
  • Minors: Business Administration and Poverty Studies
  • Apartment Manager for Residence life
  • President of Elonthon
  • Team Leader of Koury Operations (Campus RecWell)
  • Club Soccer

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Studying abroad as a first-year student
  • Practicing Christian faith abroad
  • Studying abroad on a budget

Elizabeth Norvell

enorvell@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Elementary and Special Education
  • Teaching Fellows
  • School of Education Ambassador
  • Future Educators
  • New Student Orientation
  • The Village Project
  • Parents Night Out

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Participating in a teaching practicum
  • Kiwi culture
  • Flatting with international students
  • Visitng Fiji and Australia
  • Personal growth abroad

Olivia Nowakowski

onowakowski@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2022
  • Majors: Political Science and Environmental Studies
  • Minor: Poverty and Social Justice
  • Honors Fellow
  • Catholic Campus Ministry C.O.R.E. Team member and Public Relations officer
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Sierra Club

My Experience:

  • Semester At Sea
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Kayaking through Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, one of the natural wonders of the world!”

Ask Me About:

  • (Coming Soon)

Kelsey Palacios

kpalacios@elon.edu

 

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: International and Global Studies
  • Minors: Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Italian
  • Student Union Board Programming Committee
  • EFFECT member
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
  • Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

My Experience:

  • Sorrento, Italy: Sant’Anna Institute
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Bonding with the locals in Sorrento or conversely meeting Elon students studying in France while myself studying in Italy at a camel riding tour in Morocco. Both experiences taught me how even in a vast world one can find a community and home”

Ask Me About:

  • Studying abroad in a small town
  • Studying abroad on a budget
  • Transferring credits when in an affiliated program
  • Planning trips in and out of a host country
  • Navigating a language barrier
  • Studying abroad without a meal plan

Cassidy Perry

cperry15@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: Dance Performance and Choreography
  • Minors: Entrepreneurship, Exercise Science, and Business Administration
  • President of Elon African Society

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • An introvert’s perspective
  • Making friends
  • Adjusting to new food (picky eater)
  • Dance

Kara Redcay

kredcay@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Media Analytics
  • Minor: Professional Sales
  • Panhellenic (Sigma Kappa)
  • Volunteer with the Humane Society
  • Assistant for the Athletic Department

My Experience:

  • Berlin, Germany (CIEE)
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “My favorite global experience was taking a Post-War Monuments and Memorials excursion based class in Berlin and getting to visit some breathtaking spots while learning a ton about Germany’s history.”

Ask Me About:

  • Internships Abroad
  • Language Barriers
  • Leadership Positions in Abroad Programs

Ariana Reyes

areyes3@elon.edu

 

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications and Cinema & TV Arts
  • Minor: Professional Sales
  • Elon Student Television Station Manager
  • Production Assistant in the Teaching and Learning Technologies department

 

My Experience:

  • Elon in NYC
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Elon in NYC.”

Ask Me About:

  • The school I was enrolled in
  • My internship
  • NYC lifestyle

Spencer Reiser

srieser@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Political Science and International & Global Studies
  • Minors: Middle East studies and Peace and conflict studies
  • Elon Graduate Admissions
  • Arabic Language Organization
  • Delta Upsilon Fraternity

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • The advantages of studying abroad in a non-traditional location
  • Safety in Jordan and the Middle East
  • Daily life in Jordan
  • Adapting to a profoundly different culture
  • Travel opportunities outside of Jordan in the region
  • The prevalence of English in Jordan
  • What to wear in Jordan

Kristiana Ringer

kringer@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Environmental and Sustainability Studies, International and Global Studies
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Elon Partners in International Development
  • ESL tutor at Alamance Community College

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Backpacking in Patagonia
  • Doing a full language immersion program
  • Studying abroad in South America
  • Safety
  • Researching and budgeting travel

Felicia Robinson

frobinson2@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Minor: Afrian and African American Studies
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Odyssey Scholar
  • Student worker for Academic Advising

My Experience:

  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Spending the day at a Marae and student teaching in New Zealand.”

Ask Me About:

  • Averaging living costs and budgeting
  • Diversity in NZ
  • Becoming involved within the local community
  • Transitioning to a large university

Abby Shutzberg

ashutzberg@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Statistics (Data Analytics Track)
  • Minor: Entrepreneurship
  • Tour Guide
  • Stats Tutor
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Hillel

My Experience:

  • WT Barbados
  • Semester at Sea
  • STS 481 summer internship in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Spending a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert!!”

Ask Me About:

  • Navigating public transit in a country where you don’t speak the language
  • Interning abroad
  • Staying connected with limited internet
  • Keeping an abroad journal
  • Independent programs
  • Studying abroad more than once

Claire Thompson

cthompson47@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: Strategic Communications, and International & Global Studies
  • Communications Fellow
  • Sweet Signatures
  • Elon Outdoors

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Searching for a program
  • Blogging the experience
  • Staying active while abroad

Kyra Vandoren

kvandoren@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class:
  • Majors: Public Health Studies and Spanish
  • Minors: Exercise Science
  • Elonthon
  • New Student Orientation leader

My Experience:

  • Seville, Spain, CIEE Liberal Arts
  • My Favorite Elon Global Experience: “During my semester in Seville, I got the chance to volunteer as a Senior Support Assistant at a senior residence downtown Seville. This experience not only pushed me in my Spanish skills, but also led me to forming friendships with residents and other volunteers. As I have interest in working in healthcare in my career, this also provided a great educational opportunity to learn how health services in other countries operate.”

Ask Me About:

  • Financial aid
  • Studying abroad as a Spanish major
  • Living in a homestay
  • CIEE Liberal Arts programs
  • Spain student Visa process
  • Volunteer experiences while abroad
  • Budgeting while abroad

Olivia Walton

owalton@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Dance Performance and Choreography, Arts Administration
  • Minor: Business Administration
  • Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc.
  • Alpha Psi Omega
  • Elon Performing Arts Department

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Dance and performing arts abroad
  • Culture shock
  • Living in male-dominated cultures as a woman
  • Language barriers
  • Choosing a program best for your growth

Anna Watson

awatson16@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: Communications, Psychology, and Italian
  • (Coming Soon)

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • (Coming Soon)

Alexandra Woodcock

awoodcook@elon.edu

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