Peer Advisors are returnees who have studied abroad for at least a semester. They serve as experts on the process of choosing and applying to a study abroad program. They are available to give advice to prospective students on every aspect of the study abroad experience.
How to Reach a Peer Advisor
The Welcome Center (2nd Floor, Car Barn) is open daily during the academic year - stop by and talk with a Peer Advisor! Their individual hours are listed below. You can also contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Skype at gu.peer.advisors.
Jada Bullen '17
Jada is a senior in the School of Foreign Service and majoring in Culture & Politics. She spent the Fall 2015 semester studying abroad in Rabat, Morocco. Through the IES Abroad Rabat Program, Jada was able to continue her Arabic language studies, learn about North African politics, and acquire an intimate view of Moroccan culture while living in the Rabat Medina. As part of her curriculum, Jada took a Moroccan civil society course and accompanied it with an internship at Mohammed V University, where she worked with Moroccan faculty and university students to organize cultural events that brought American and Moroccan students together. On the weekends, Jada would roam through the sprawling Rabat Medina or hop on trains with friends to explore one of the many exquisite Moroccan cities, including Tangier, Chefchaouen, Marrakesh, and the Sahara. Jada also took advantage of Morocco's great location to travel around the Mediterranean. Jada visited countries such as Italy, Spain, and Portugal, only to incidentally fall in love with sangria, gelato and impromptu bicycle tours.
However, her position as an IES student blogger really grounded her time abroad. The opportunity to submit weekly blog posts to IES Abroad's website not only offered her a platform to relate her adventures to a wider audience, but it also encouraged self-reflection and a deeper sense of cultural understanding. This is Jada's hope for every student who goes abroad as well as the reason why her semester in Morocco was so pivotal in her college career .
Although Jada may miss Moroccan sweet mint tea or Friday Family couscous from time to time, she carries the spirit, openness, and vivacity of Moroccan culture with her and she is excited to bring it to the OGE, where she can help other students seek out their own adventure.
Spring 2017 Hours: Tuesdays 9:30am-1:30pm, Thursdays 2:30pm-4:30pm, Fridays 11am-1:30pm
Meredith Johnson '17
Meredith Johnson is a Senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Law. She spent the Fall 2015 semester studying at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. This Georgetown in Madrid program has operated for more than 20 years, with a program director and housing director who plan exciting trips and excursions throughout Spain during the semester. Meredith directly matriculated into the classes offered on the liberal arts campus of Universidad Comillas where she took classes in Spanish Criminal Law, Spanish Modern Art and Spanish Literature. Not only was she able to take classes and interact with local students and professors, but through the help of her housing director, Meredith also was given the opportunity to tutor two families in English which was an extremely enriching experience.
In her free time, Meredith explored Madrid and neighboring cities and took longer trips to other European destinations on weekends. Although Madrid became her home away from home and favorite city, having never left the United States before studying abroad, Meredith also loved Lisbon and Seville. By far, Meredith's favorite part of her study abroad experience was her wonderful host family. Not only did they help her improve her Spanish skills, but they helped her whenever she had any questions or concerns. When you think Frozen can't get any better, try watching it in Spanish with your three adorable host sisters! Although she was sad to leave in December of 2015, she was lucky enough to work in the OGE in the Spring 2016 semester. Now, Meredith is excited to be a Peer Advisor this year and share her unforgettable experiences with prospective study abroad students!
Spring 2017 Hours: Mondays 12:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesdays 12:00pm-4:00pm, Wednesdays 11:00am-5:00pm
Alex Nickol '17
Alex Nickol is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Japanese and Government. He spent the Fall 2015 semester studying abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. During his time abroad, Alex enjoyed participating in intensive courses conducted in Japanese, as well as researching topics in Japanese such as literature and politics.
Taking courses with Japanese college students allowed Alex to further learn the nuances of the Japanese language outside the classroom, and develop deeper friendships. On weekends, Alex traveled throughout the country, spending time in cities including Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Alex is excited to return to the OGE team to share his study abroad experiences and encourage others to see foreign countries for themselves!
Spring 2017 Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:30am-1:30pm