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 2018-2019 CHS STudy Abroad Resource Team! 

 

Alanis Morales-Cuadrado

Alanis Morales-Cuadrado,
Senior START Ambassador

Major: Hospitality Management
Hometown: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Studied abroad in the United Arab Emirates

Alanis decided to study abroad to learn more about her major in a real-life setting. She wanted to experience the industry in a different culture and examine how Arabic cultural traditions influence hospitality. Her CHS faculty-led study abroad program Exploring Hospitality and Event Management in the Arabic World gave her the opportunity to meet more students and faculty from her major, and she connected with them on a more personal level. Her favorite place from the program was the Souk, which is a market where she interacted with locals and shopped for traditional clothing, spices, and souvenirs. Alanis recommends that every student should take the opportunity to study abroad to experience different cultures and foods and to see the world differently. Alanis hopes her next adventure abroad will be in Scotland.

 

Taylor Barnard

Taylor Barnard

Major: Event Management
Minors: Hospitality Management and Political Science
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
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.

 

Brooklyn Benjamin

Brooklyn Benjamin

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Hometown: Moravia, IA
Studied abroad in Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Brooklyn participated in Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe to gain international experience in her field of study, and to experience new countries with people who were similar to her.  She traveled to four European countries on this program, and her favorite experiences were visiting the Dior 70th Anniversary museum exhibition in Paris and looking over the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower.  While studying abroad, Brooklyn learned more about how Europeans and Americans live differently, she built confidence about using public transportation, and she formed closer relationships with several students in her major.  She recommends studying abroad because her program was linked to her major, and it provided her with a fun way to learn about the industry she will work in after graduation.  Brooklyn hopes her next adventure abroad will be in Thailand or in Vietnam.

 

Emily Carley

Emily Carley

Major: Kinesiology and Health
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Studied abroad in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Emily decided to study abroad to expand her view of the world and to interact with different cultures.  Her study abroad program featured both classroom and outdoor experiences where she learned more about the Irish model of sport, which resulted in a deeper understanding of her field.  Emily’s favorite part of Experience Kinesiology in Ireland was hiking around the Cliffs of Moher because it was a beautiful and peaceful place.  Studying abroad helped Emily to gain more confidence in herself, and she recommends the experience to other students because of the places she saw and the people she met.  She hopes her next adventure abroad will be to Greece.

 

Zachery Hamilton

Zachery Hamilton

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Minor: Public Relations
Hometown: Bryant, IA
Studied abroad in Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Zachery loves to travel because it provides opportunities for experiential learning, and his study abroad experience helped him to broaden his perspective, to become more inclusive of people of varying cultures, and to experience the beauty of our world.  Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe was connected with his major, and his favorite part was visiting fashion museums in Paris.  The biggest benefit Zachery received from studying abroad was building his confidence, especially when he learned how to navigate the Paris metro system.  He encourages other students to study abroad because companies are looking for people who are able to work with everyone from all walks of life, and he also believes the cultural awareness gained from studying abroad show will show employers your dedication to relating to others.  Zachery hopes his next adventure will take him to Venice, Italy for the amazing food, and he also hopes to visit Spain, Greece, the Middle East, London, and some tropical islands in the future.

 

Ambar Morales-Cuadrado

Ambar Morales-Cuadrado

Majors: Dietetics and Culinary Food Science
Hometown: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Studied abroad in the United Arab Emirates

Ambar decided to participate in For the Love of Italy and Food so she could gain international culinary experiences and to learn more about cultural foods.  She experienced a lot of professional growth during her program, specifically in her culinary skills.  Ambar’s favorite experience from her study abroad program was making pasta and biscotti with local Italian chefs, and her favorite place the program visited was the San Lorenzo Market in Florence.  Ambar recommends studying abroad because it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, to release your inner foodie, and to learn more about yourself. Ambar hopes her next adventure abroad will take her to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Alex Pringnitz

Alex Pringnitz

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Spirit Lake, IA
Studied abroad in Italy

Alex chose to study abroad because the School of Education in Rome program was offered in the summer, and three-weeks abroad in May worked well with his other commitments and still allowed him to have a summer job. He benefited by studying abroad in Italy because he has memories that will last a lifetime, and he feels confident in his ability to discuss and implement disciplinary literacy, which was the academic focus of his program.  Alex thought the city of Rome was incredible, and a major highlight was being able to visit other cities in Europe during his program.  He recommends studying abroad to other students because of the opportunities to grow personally and to learn about new cultures. Alex hopes that his next adventure abroad will take him to Santorini, Greece.

 

Melanie Trepa

Melanie Trepa

Majors: Child, Adult, and Family Services and Public Relations
Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
Studied abroad in Denmark

Melanie participated in the Happiness and Hygge in Denmark program because she wanted to expand her horizons and get out of her comfort zone.  Studying abroad changed her life because she is now more aware of her mindfulness, self-care, and the way she communicates and interacts with others.  She learned to embrace each moment, and studying abroad has helped her to become a happier and more optimistic person.  Melanie’s favorite experience from Denmark was exploring the suburbs of Copenhagen with a local guide.  She recommends study abroad to other students because it’s an experience that lasts a lifetime, you can learn so much about yourself, and there are many benefits from the connections you can build by participating.  Melanie hopes her next adventure abroad will be to Venice, Italy.

 

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.