CHS STudy Abroad Resource Team (START)

CHS STudy Abroad Resource Team (START)

Members of the CHS STudy Abroad Resource Team serve as study abroad ambassadors to CHS students and as an advisory committee for the CHS Director of International Programs. Congratulations to the members of the 2019-2020 CHS STudy Abroad Resource Team! 

 

Taylor Barnard

Taylor Barnard

Senior START Ambassador

Major: Event Management and Financial Counseling and Planning
Minors: Hospitality Management and Political Science
Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.

Studied Abroad in the Czech Republic

Taylor studied abroad because she wanted to learn more about a culture different from her own, and to learn more about herself. While participating in Experience Prague, Czech Republic the Awesome (AESHM) Way, Taylor gained an understanding of world issues affecting her future career in Event Management, she grew closer to other students in her major, and she also grew as a person.  Her favorite places in the Czech Republic are Prague, and Český Krumlov, a small town about three hours south of Prague. Taylor recommends studying abroad to other students because it is a great opportunity to embrace independence and to learn in a different environment.  She hopes her next adventure will take her to Greece.

 

Alexandria

Alexandria “Lexi” Cain

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Hometown: Ankeny, IA

Studied abroad in Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Lexi participated in Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe to realize her dream of visiting Paris, France and to use the French language skills she started cultivating in high school. She traveled to four European countries on this program, and her favorite experiences were participating in the hands-on craftsmanship workshops. While studying abroad, Lexi learned a lot about the fashions and cultures of the program’s different destinations. She recommends studying abroad because the experiences, knowledge, and friendships you’ll make will last a lifetime. Lexi hopes her next adventure abroad will be in Italy or Ireland, and she would also love to return to Germany and Belgium.

 

Gabrielle Evans

Gabrielle Evans

Major: Event Management and Hospitality Management
Minor: Culinary Food Science
Hometown: Iowa Falls, IA

Studied abroad in the Bahamas and in the United Arab Emirates

Gabrielle studied abroad on two short term faculty led programs including Study Abroad Shorts: Introduction to the Bahamas and Exploring Hospitality and Event Management in the Arabic World. She decided to study abroad because she loves to travel and college is a great opportunity to do it. Her favorite memory from abroad was seeing the desert while she was in Dubai. Gabrielle recommends studying abroad to other students because you meet so many people, make lasting friendships and connections with other students and professors, and learn so much. She hopes her next adventure will be in Africa.

 

Brooke Harbaugh

Brooke Harbaugh

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Dubuque, IA

Studied abroad in Italy

Brooke chose to study abroad on the School of Education in Rome program because it allowed her to learn about other education programs abroad. She benefited by studying abroad because the program boosted her independence, helped her to grow as a person, and allowed her to try new things. Her favorite international food is Margherita pizza, and what better place to have it than in Italy! Brooke recommends studying abroad to other students because she made a lot of new friends and connections through her program. She hopes that her next adventure abroad will take her to Australia.

 

Ellen Hungerford

Ellen Hungerford

Major: Event Management
Minor: Public Relations
Hometown: Marshalltown, IA

Studied abroad in the Bahamas

Ellen decided to participate in Study Abroad Shorts: Introduction to the Bahamas because she wanted to experience a new place and make new friends. This trip is especially for first-year students, and Ellen was able to experience amazing things available only in the Bahamas, and she made new friends she remains close with after the program. Her favorite experience from the program was snorkeling and being surrounded by many different kinds of fish. Ellen recommends studying abroad because you are able to experience so many new things and you able to meet many new people. Learning about a culture is so much more fun when you are actually there. Ellen hopes her next adventure abroad will be in Greece.

 

Sophia Luu

Sophia Luu

Majors: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Hometown: Humboldt, IA

Studied abroad in England

Sophia decided to participate in the London College of Fashion semester program to gain an education from a renowned fashion school in a fashion capital and to deepen her intercultural awareness. Through study abroad, she gained a greater understanding of the global community’s interdependence and of the force of fashion on humanity. In addition, she was able to narrow her interests in the world of fashion, allowing her to have a clearer vision for her future. Sophia recommends study abroad to other students because it exposes one to the beauty of life, promotes independence and maturity, and hones empathy. She hopes her next adventure abroad will be to Mongolia.

 

Elena Sieverding

Elena Sieverding

Major: Event Management
Hometown: Lone Tree, IA

Studied abroad in the United Arab Emirates and in Scotland

Elena studied abroad on two different study abroad programs: Exploring Hospitality and Event Management in the Arabic World, a short-term faculty led experience to the United Arab Emirates, and a semester-long exchange at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. The biggest benefit she received from studying abroad was gaining a lot of confidence, and her favorite part of the exchange semester was the independent travel opportunities, such as when she went to Belgium and the Netherlands with friends. Elena encourages other students to study abroad because it can teach you many life lessons, including how to talk to people, being aware of your surroundings, and being smart with your money. Elena hopes her next adventure abroad will be to Australia.

 

Sarah Solnet

Sarah Solnet

Majors: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Minor: Leadership Studies
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Studied abroad in France

Sarah participated in the spring semester offering of Paris American Academy, and her favorite experience was being able to work back stage at Paris Fashion Week. Studying abroad helped her to gain different perspectives on the world. Going to unique places and enrolling in a different school taught Sarah so much about herself and the different cultures of the places to which she traveled. She recommends study abroad to other students because college is a unique time in your life where you get this opportunity to travel and live in another country. There are so many things to learn through having an experience abroad. Sarah hopes her next adventure abroad will be to Greece.

 

Alexia Stumpf

Alexia Stumpf

Majors: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Minor: Journalism and Mass Communications
Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Studied abroad in England

Alexia decided to study abroad because she thrives in new and stimulating environments and she wanted to broaden her horizons both academically and personally. The summer Fashion Design program at London College of Fashion helped her to gain new perspectives regarding both her career and ways of living. She was able to observe different cultures, which resulted in a new found and more well rounded version of herself. Alexia’s favorite memory was from a trip to Paris during her studies when she and her friends sat under the Eiffel Tower and watched it light up every hour. She recommends studying abroad especially to AMD majors because it is important to see new perspectives and to see how different parts of the world treat fashion and dress. Alexia hopes her next adventure abroad will take her to Morocco.

 

Learn more about the CHS START Program

Program and Responsibilities

STARTers meet on a monthly basis with the CHS Director of International Programs. These regular meetings are conducted in a seminar format with discussion questions that will be shared with you ahead of time. Your input is important and can help to shape the future of CHS International Programs. This is an excellent leadership opportunity to list on your resume, and it is a way in which you can continue your study abroad experience on campus. Each STARTer serves for one academic year.

STARTers also have responsibilities throughout the academic year for a total time commitment of approximately 9-12 hours. You will volunteer at one activity such as a study abroad fair, study abroad information night, pre-departure orientation presentation, or classroom presentation.  In addition, you'll participate in a group video where you discuss your study abroad experience.  All STARTers have their photos and bios featured on this page and submit International Connections reflections.

Benefits

After the completion of all required program activities, you will receive a $250 award applied to your U-bill. 

Nominations

Faculty members who led CHS study abroad programs during the previous academic year will be asked to nominate one student for the next academic year’s CHS START program. Nominated students will have demonstrated the following traits and skills during their study abroad experience:

  • leadership
  • global citizenship
  • cultural sensitivity
  • excellent academic performance

If you are interested in participating, ensure that your study abroad program leader knows you want to be a STARTer! Contact Erin French, CHS Director of International Programs, if you have questions about this program.