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Meet the EAPAs!

Education Abroad Peer Advisors are Babson students who have studied abroad for a semester or academic year. They are here to offer peer advice and answer any questions you have: while searching for a program, while you're preparing to go, while you're abroad and even when you've returned to campus! You can contact the EAPAs at eapa@babson.edu.

 








Meet the EAPAs

Will Felix

Rotterdam School of Management

About: 
I selected the Rotterdam School of Management because I knew there were very few Babson students in the exchange program. My goal when I went abroad was to make new friends from all over the world, and I met some of the most kind, caring, and inspirational people in the world. My other goal was to travel as much as possible, and I certainly took advantage of the travel opportunities that Europe offers. In my 4 months, I went to 12 countries, as well as 6 cities within The Netherlands. I was enrolled as an exchange student learning in english-speaking classrooms, and lived in apartment-style housing I found myself. Everybody rides bikes in Holland, I remember nights biking all over the city just to explore Rotterdam. My favorite story from my experience was when a friend and I were traveling from Vienna to Budapest, and could not buy train tickets ahead of time. We bought the wrong train tickets, and ended up in Gyor with no Hungarian money, no cell service, couldn't speak the language, and no way of getting to Budapest. Eventually we got there by figuring it out on our own by wandering Gyor to find wifi and googling which trains we had to take. This was something way outside my comfort zone and I'm so glad I studied abroad, I would go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat.
 
Academic Interests:
Leadership, Strategic Management
 
Hobbies:
Golf, Travel, Theater

Will Felix

Delane Zahoruiko

Singapore Management University
Paris Start-Up Strategy Elective

Everyone needs to study abroad at least one. The experiences, memories and friends made are truly incredible.  Not only will you learn about new cultures, cities, and people, you will also learn an unbelievable amount about yourself and who you are. Studying abroad in Singapore has been my favorite semester!  The Singapore Management University (SMU) program had over 600 exchange students from all over the world who were as willing as I was to explore new and exciting destinations throughout South East Asia. Curriculum selections there are diverse and SMU is a great university. Above and beyond the classroom I learned the most when I was out experiencing new things. I was abroad for six months and managed to travel to 12 different countries while still discovering new places in Singapore.  At SMU I was enrolled in business management courses that were taught in English.  Most everyone in Singapore speaks English very well. I lived in a flat, which I found myself, with five other exchange students from Germany, Sweden, France and NYC. In our apartment alone, there were four different countries represented and over six languages spoken on a regular basis.  Studying abroad in one country does not mean that you are stuck in that one country. Through the friends I made, the places we visited and Singapore’s remarkable diversity, I got to learn about cultures I could not have even imagined.

Studying abroad opens your mind to a million and one different opportunities. It is a time to be open, be friendly, and be up for almost anything. Studying abroad means living outside your comfort zone. Living outside of your comfort zone means that anything is possible. Study abroad, challenge yourself, and you will not be disappointed.
 
Academic Interests: Strategic Management, Consulting, International Business, Sustainability

Hobbies: traveling, photography, music, all things “outdoors” (diving, hiking, snowboarding)

Delane

Jessica Thevenoz

BRIC

About:
I chose the BRIC program because I couldn’t believe there was a program like this out there. Having the experience to visit three of the most diverse markets in one trip. I had the ability to get my feet wet in three emerging markets as well as meet businesses in each country, allowing me to form relationships in a way that could not be possible in any other setting. I am particularly interested in Social Enterprise and BRIC allowed me to visit a social enterprise in every country. I was exposed to such rich cultures and was able to try new foods and dive into each culture. Thanks to my beautiful BRIC cohort, I was pushed by my peers to step outside my comfort zone all the time and take advantage of the new things I was seeing everyday. This experience allowed me to learn more about myself in new settings and push myself to take risks in my everyday life. As an Entrepreneur, I could not see a more valuable skill to acquire while learning about the beautiful around us.  
 
Academic Interests:
Global Strategic Management, International Business, Social Enterprise
 
Hobbies:
Traveling, eating, Skiing 

Jess Thevenoz

Rachel Kim

IES Business & International Affairs in Paris
Semester in San Francisco 

When someone asks me about my college experience, I am lucky enough to include three different cities in my answer: Paris, Boston, and San Francisco. Everyone says that studying abroad is one of his or her best college experiences. Well, I did not believe them until I actually experienced it myself. I had the honor of studying abroad not just once, but twice. I chose to study in Paris, France because of my passion for food and fashion. I also studied in San Francisco, United States to breathe and live in startup culture. From having to eat a croissant for breakfast or a burrito at Mission District for lunch to visiting Yelp Headquarters to drinking wine in front of the Eiffel Tower with my friends, I truly had an unforgettable experience studying abroad. I was afraid that I would be missing out on a lot of different things since I was abroad for a year. However, I think I learned things that I could not possibly learn through a textbook. For example, encountering the French language and actually going to the bakery with the professor and using the language to order coffee. Moreover, learning about the different plays that were written near the San Francisco area as well as the LGBTQ history, and getting the chance to visit the O’Neil’s home and receiving a walking tour of the LGBTQ community in SF.  Additionally, coming out of my comfort zone, learning how to network, making friends, and building relationships with people from different industries; I wouldn’t have been able to learn this if I stayed at Boston.  Studying abroad has helped me come out of my own box. It has helped me have an open mind and really appreciate the things that I have around me.

I encourage everyone to go out and explore. It is a great time to challenge you. Find your passion as well as to learn more about whom you really are. I wish I could go back to fall 2015 and do it all over again.  

Academic Interest: Marketing, Data Analytics, Education 
 
Hobbies: Traveling, Watching YouTube Videos, Eating especially desserts 

Rachel Kim

Gwen Lee

IES Business & International Affairs in Paris

Have you ever watched the movie, "Eat, Pray, Love"? Studying abroad is quite similar and just as amazing as it looks on screen. You can experience an amazing new culture, meet like-minded students from all over the world, and find yourself in the process. I had a fantastic spring semester in Paris, which I chose because of it's high praises from friends at Babson. I spoke about my interest in marketing and fashion to an EAPA named Karla. She was reminding everyone about the application deadlines for studying abroad at the kiosks in Reynolds when I met her. As a freshman, I didn't know much about studying abroad. All I knew was that most students went abroad junior year so I hadn't looked into it. Karla told me about her semester in Italy and I was sold. She sounded so wise and cultured that I had to look into the idea of spending a semester outside of the country. It was daunting but I talked about the possibility to others like Lexi Kantor, who is fluent in all things French. Paulina, a current EAPA, even messaged me about how wonderful it was while she was in Paris for her semester abroad. Next thing you know, I applied on the Glavin portal, got a visa, and booked my flight to France. There, I learned personal and professional skills that have gotten me a summer internship in my intended field and hopefully many more opportunities to come. I had an incredible experience abroad just as all of these EAPA's had. And like them, I could talk about Paris for days. Before, I couldn't even imagine going so far out of my comfort zone, especially as a sophomore, but now I can't imagine not having the crazy experiences I've had abroad. Non, je ne regrette rien. (Edith Piaf) Truly. In fact, I would love to study abroad again.

Academic Interest: Marketing, International Business
 
Hobbies: Travel, Gastronomy, Fashion

Gwen Lee

Jacqueline Chong

IE University Madrid, Spain

Before going abroad to Spain, I was told that it would be an amazing experience. Now I am back from Spain I can confirm my studying abroad experience was the BEST experience everybody could have. I chose IE University because it was an exchange program which means I would have less support from the school, but having less support also means that I would benefit from being independent. At IE, I met students from around the globe, and some of these people are now my close friends. There was a mix of exchange students and local students in my core classes, and students in my electives classes were mostly domestic. All classes were taught in English, but Spanish was also offered in the curriculum. Living with my flatmates was incredible because I got to practice Spanish and hang out with them. We also traveled to a flatmate's hometown in Spain for a weekend to learn about its history and have bonding moments. These four-month memories will definitely last a lifetime. 

Academic Interest: 
Strategic Management, Operations, Education
 
Hobbies: 
Travel, Adventure sports, Gastronomy

Jacqueline Chong

Rachel Wong

Singapore Management University

Everyone that I spoke to told me that their one regret of college was not going abroad. A few years down the road, I didn’t want to be that person that didn’t go abroad at least once. I chose to study abroad in Singapore because I knew it was one of the hearts of Asia. Growing up as an Asian-American has made me enjoy both sides of my culture. I only knew what it was like to go to school in America, so I wanted to explore the flip of my own identity. I wanted to be in a city where I can travel all throughout Asia and still be challenged with Academics. Singapore Management University is one of the leading business schools in Asia where I was able to take only business classes relevant to the Asian markets and business in general. I was able to meet so many different people from different cultures where we all gathered in the melting pot of Singapore. In addition to studying, I was able to travel to eleven more countries all around Asia, to really understand my culture and background. I can’t wait to return to my new found second home in the future! 
 
Academic Interests: 
Business Analytics, Strategic Management, Technology, Operations 
 
Hobbies:
Traveling, trying extreme sports. 

Rachel Wong

Jin Lin

CIEE Business, Language and Culture in Shanghai
University College Dublin Internship Program
 
Asia and Europe were the two continents I, 100%, wanted to study abroad. To escape being away for an entire year, I decided to study in Ireland for a summer before going to Shanghai for the Fall. The idea of experiencing two completely different cultures back to back felt exciting and invigorating. From listening to previous EAPA's very positive abroad experiences, I had no doubt education abroad was going to change my life. And I'm glad to say it did. 
 
The notion of starting afresh in a completely foreign country put my busy Babson life at halt so I can fully put myself out there and allow new interactions, new experiences and memories to nourish my mind. Seeing (and experiencing) the very different ways people around the world live their lives widened my perspective and taught me to treasure the things I am blessed with. Interacting with people of different cultures taught me the power of vulnerability and how it creates strong life-lasting friendships.  Studying abroad was truly like a dream that taught me to continue my busy life at home with a new pair of eyes.
 
I wholeheartedly encourage every Babson student to go study abroad. Internships, jobs, fulfilling requirements can wait. Let study abroad change your life too!
 
Academic Interests: Supply Chain Management, Strategic Management
 
Hobbies: Painting, Sewing, Watching vlogs, Creating DIYs

Jin Lin

Dina Weick

CIEE Business, Language, & Culture in Shanghai

I was originally really hesitant about studying abroad.  I was nervous and afraid to leave my friends and family for a semester.  But, now that I’m back, I can say that going abroad was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.  I encourage everyone to go abroad because it is so worth it.  I chose to study in Shanghai, China because I wanted to connect and understand more of my own culture and what better place than Shanghai.  It’s a lively city that exposed me to many business aspects in Chinese culture.  I made incredible friends and got to travel to places like Hong Kong and Thailand.  Going abroad changed me for the better and taught me so many things I never would have learned otherwise.  For example, my Mandarin got so much better by being immersed in the culture.  If I could I would do it again a hundred times, I loved my time abroad.

Academic Interests: Marketing, Business Analytics

Interests: tennis, space, eating, traveling

Dina Weick

Paulina Zarate Rodriguez

IES Business & International Affairs in Paris

Unlike most students, I chose to spend my fall semester of junior year in Paris because of the classes that the IES - BIA program offered. I believed that the courses were a great opportunity to explore my passion for Marketing in a new context and to discover business actions through a European point of view. With this goal in mind, I registered for business courses such as the Luxury Brand Management and Digital Marketing, which allowed me to see how Marketing practices evolved and adapted as they overcame cultural barriers. Additionally, the liberal arts courses, Modern French History course as well as Art and Architectural History, were both incredibly relevant and applicable to where I was studying, but more importantly helpful in allowing me to better integrate myself in the culture. Even though the academic appeal was what first grabbed my attention, the people and the city are what made me feel at home. People always say that studying abroad helps you "find yourself," but in my case I would say that studying abroad helped me reconnect with parts of myself that I had forgotten about, beliefs and values that had been put away, passions and desires that I had overlooked throughout the years - being abroad is really what you make of it, so my advice to you is to get out there and to embrace every experience that comes your way! 

Academic Interests: Marketing & Environmental Sustainability 

Hobbies: Anything that involves good food in a good environment and with good company!

Paulina Zarate Rodriguez

Julie Zhou

CIEE Business, Language, & Culture in Shanghai

Although some of my family members believed that studying abroad would be a waste of money, and that I just wanted a more relaxing semester, studying abroad has been the most demanding semester that I have had as a Babson student. I listened to the advice of many other students and decided to go abroad, and there have not been any regrets since then. I chose to study in Shanghai, an environment that would be both familiar and foreign at the same time. As a Chinese-American, I looked like a local, so I was treated like a local. However, I was nowhere near fluent in Chinese. While studying abroad, I not only improved upon my Mandarin skills, but I also had the opportunity to connect with the culture that my parents left behind to have me in the United States. It has also given me a way to reconnect with my parents on a different level. While I decided to study abroad to learn more about my heritage, it should not be the only reason to go abroad. I definitely encourage every student to go abroad, whether it relates to their family history or not. Studying abroad will give you experiences and opportunities that staying home will not.

Academic Interests: Marketing, Entrepreneurship

Hobbies: Travelling, eating with good company

Julie Zhou

Zoe Feng

Paris Start-Up Strategy Elective

From Hangzhou to Palo Alto and London in the past, and from Babson Park to Paris this time, studying abroad has always been something I am truly passionate about. Paris Start-Up Strategy was the earliest study abroad program I could join at Babson, and so I did, with my love for art and curiosity to see how businesses start and run in this fashion capital, which turned out to be a major European tech hub as well. It was such an immersing experience - from visiting headquarters, talking with established founders, to hearing from VCs, and working with young start-ups, everything was very hands-on and real. Visits to museums and other art and culture destinations were well weaved into our schedule as well, so we really got the best of both worlds. It was a short 8-day trip, yet it was already long enough to start impacting my life - consulting had turned from a vague area to a career interest to me, Paris had come to mean much more than a word, and I started thinking about questions that I never before had thought of. Beside that, isn’t being in a beautiful city with a group of amazing, interesting people itself just profoundly inspiring and wonderful?
 
Studying abroad is magical; you never know what lies ahead and who awaits you. They are the unknown that are known to be giving you good laughs, strength to explore and to grow as a person in all ways. On that note, I am excited for more of my study abroad adventures to come, and yours, as well.
 
Academic Interests: marketing, consulting, international business, finance
 
Hobbies: traveling, running, photography, music

Zoe Feng

Lizaveta Litvinava

BRIC

The first day I arrived on campus as a freshman, I saw a BRIC booklet on a desk in the Glavin Office. Since then, I knew that BRIC will be my Babson dream. Two years after, when the time actually came to application, I started to hesitate and almost did not finish my application. Why would I want to go abroad when Babson is already abroad for me? Additionally, I was scared to miss out on experiences at Babson. However, I am so happy that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and applied for BRIC. So far, that decision was the best one I have made at Babson. The BRIC program changed my life, gave me a taste of fresh air and opened up my hidden potential. Three amazing months in Russia, India, and China were so full of academic learning, social challenges and emotional experiences that I still reflect on them. Only in one semester I was able to study economics and culture of Russia, entrepreneurship environment of China as well as environmental policies and e-waste in India. Moreover, BRIC gave me a great opportunity to have become a part of an amazing cohort of other Babson students, who became my listeners, teachers and lifelong friends in just three months. I am incredibly grateful for everything BRIC program gave to me and very excited to see future cohorts making BRIC even better.
 
Academic Interests:
Global Business Management, Identity and Diversity
 
Hobbies:
Yoga, Mandala Drawing, Photography

Liza

Jennifer Eng

CIEE Business and Culture in Berlin, Germany

I’m kind of the person who makes last minute decisions- especially for important things. Studying in Berlin was one of the best last decisions I’ve ever made. I had no idea what to expect, but what I encountered was the multi-faceted culture of Berlin, a diamond in the rough that exemplifies the rebel child of Germany, to the European charm of lazy cafes and long conversation.

Just a short list of what I already miss: great coffee, European fashion (everyone’s stylish), long time at meals (I’m a notoriously slow eater), architecture that looks like it’s out of a fairy tale, spending a whole day in the park that has everything from karaoke with 300 of the friendliest people ever to a massive flea market, STREET FOOD MARKETS (Markthalle Neun was a favorite on Thursday nights), keeping up with the little American traditions to make us feel at home (Sunday football despite the time difference and Thanksgiving dinner together), and traveling to cities like Amsterdam and Prague and London that I fell in love with and siting on the rooftop of our AirBNB and just realizing how wonderful life abroad is. Yes, that was the short list. In all, I made some amazing friends, traveled Europe for the first time, had classroom experiences that extended beyond the classroom, and threw myself into the history and art that surrounds Berlin. I still couldn’t tell you why I chose Berlin, because it’s not really a rational decision; it’s more of an innate pull that forced me trust my gut, and I couldn’t be happier I did.

Academic Interest: Finance, Operations, Marketing

Hobbies: film/photography, fashion, running, drawing

Jennifer Eng

Tina Zheng

IE University, Madrid, Spain

I believe that everybody needs a certain time to go abroad - just to experience something that is different from his or her own surroundings. It can be hard to step out of the comfort zone but it is definitely worth doing so. I chose IE Univerity because it had been my dream exchange program ever since freshman year. I was impressed by its student diversity and academic excellence, and my experience proved that IE did not let me down.
During my education abroad in Madrid, I concentrated on my finance major classes and made friends with different cultural backgrounds. I also realized that each city has the special values to bestow upon us. As a typical European city, Madrid conveys its message to people as a place with peace. Like the serenity that has been long existed in the country, the deep cultural aspect has been showing in every corner and shaped every Spaniard's mind. It is amazing that people here know how to relax their mind and go with the flow. "Tranquila" is the word that is always in their mouth. I have learned to relax and enjoy every moment. I'm thankful to be experience such an amazing opportunity in this cultural atmosphere.
I am very grateful for my edcational abroad experience and would truly love to share it with many others.

Academic Interests: Corporate Finance, Operations Management 

Hobbies: Music, Cardio, Reading

Tina
Salome Mosehle

BRIC

I never thought the phrases “nee hao” and “drazvitiye” would mean anything to me but after going on BRIC, I became part of an experience that changed me completely. As a South African, coming from an emerging market, I chose to go on BRIC because I wanted to learn more about other emerging markets and how they have achieved growth. What I ended up learning was how to navigate through different cities and explore places. I learnt that what you see on Western media about a certain country, like Russia for example, can be completely different from what the local media portrays. I discovered that everyday could be an adventure if you allow yourself to embrace the nooks and crannies of a city, even in crowded metropolitan Indian cities. I got a sneak peek into how China achieved its economic growth and also felt the repercussions as we landed in Beijing. I long to taste masala dosa at Carnatic Café in Delhi or get on a fast cab in Shanghai or watch the bridges open in St. Petersburg but more than all this, I long to be experiencing it with the amazing cohort of geniuses that I now call “fam.” BRIC taught me to open up to people who are nothing like me and to learn from people who are smarter than me in different ways. I will forever cherish BRIC and the BRIC theme song *Insert Martin Garrix’s Sun Never Goes Down*
Salome