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Maryam Ahmad

Maryam Ahmad

Peer Advisor, Fall 2017

Hi my name is Maryam Ahmad and I am a junior pursing a degree in Marketing. During my sophomore year I had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. Studying abroad was something that I imagined myself doing for a very long time. Getting a chance to witness Spanish culture was something special and interesting to me. I got to see how typical Spanish life was different from how people live in the United States. I also got to meet and become friends with incredible people from all over the world. While I was in Spain I got to visit other European countries and I must say that going abroad has been the most memorable experience of my life so far. For those of you who have study abroad on your mind, I highly encourage you to look into the different programs Mason offers. It is an experience like no other; something you will not regret!

Email mahmad24@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Thursdays 3-5pm, Fridays 3:30-5pm (JC 235)
Major Marketing
Year Junior
Program Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spring 2017


Bailee Brumfield

Bailee Brumfield

Peer Advisor, Fall 2017

Hi, I’m Bailee! I am a senior pursuing a major in Criminology with a concentration in Law and Society on a pre-law track, along with a minor in Chinese. This past summer I had the opportunity to be a part of the Chinese Language in Beijing program, where we resided in Beijing, China. I had previously traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, and North America, so traveling to Asia was on my bucket list. My month in China expanded my appreciation for non-Western culture, allowed my Chinese skills to flourish, and even broadened my taste palate (I ate a scorpion!). I also met so many wonderful people from both Mason and China that I am still friends with today. I love seeing the world and hope I can share my passion with you!

Email abrumfie@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Mondays and Wednesdays 10-12pm (JC 235)
Major Criminology, Law, and Society
Minor Chinese
Year Senior
Program Chinese Language in Beijing, Summer 2017

Ashley Chapman

Ashley Chapman

Peer Advisor, Fall 2016-Fall 2017

Hello! I am Ashley and I am a senior pursuing a degree in communications with a concentration in public relations and double minoring in journalism and photography. Two summers ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to experience the trip of a lifetime by studying abroad in Milan, Italy on the Italian Media, Society, and Culture program that is directed under the wonderful academic guidance of Dr. Wright. Throughout my time in Italy, I was able to gain skills through a variety of experiences that allowed me to develop my sense of identity by challenging myself and growing personally and academically as a result. I am excited to share my passion for study abroad with students and help guide other students in planning their own study abroad adventures. 

Email achapma6@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Wednesdays 2-4pm (JC 235)
Major Communications (Public Relations)
Minor Journalism & Photography
Year Senior
Program Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan, Summer 2017


Taylor Gibson

Taylor Gibson

Peer Advisor, Spring 2017-Fall 2017

I am a senior at Mason and my major is Anthropology with a minor in Tourism and Events Management. I have traveled to 18 countries and studied abroad twice, once with Mason Korea and again in Sydney, Australia. I was lucky enough to be able to travel around while studying abroad which allowed me to see the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan, the Great Barrier Reef in Port Douglas, Australia, and the real life Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand. This past summer, I was able to spend two month in Mexico working at the archaeological site in Teotihuacan. I love traveling and I love helping other people travel so I hope that I will be able to get other students as excited as I am about studying abroad!

Email tgibson6@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Mondays 2-5pm, Wednesdays 4-5pm (JC 235)
Major Anthropology
Minor Tourism & Events Management
Year Senior
Programs Mason Korea, Spring 2016; University Technology Sydney, Fall 2016

Tristan Lundy

Tristan Lundy

Peer Advisor, Fall 2017

Hi, I'm Tristan (that's me on the right). Two summers ago I studied abroad at Minzu University of China through the Chinese Language in Beijing program. As a Chinese major getting immersed in Chinese was a good way to improve my Chinese language skills. Also, last semester I studied at Akita International University in Japan. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Japanese countryside as well as travel around the lesser-known hidden treasures and cultural sites within the northern regions of Japan. After going abroad I’m very eager to share what I have learned from the experience abroad. I hope to help future students on their journey abroad and evoke the same thrill I get from traveling.

Email tlundy3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Tuesdays 2:30-4pm, Fridays 1:30-3:30pm (JC 235)
Major Chinese
Year Senior
Programs Chinese Language in Beijing, Summer 2016; Akita International University, Spring 2017

Yesenia Mendez-Rodriguez

Yesenia Mendez Rodriguez

Peer Advisor, Fall 2017

My name is Yesenia and I am currently a senior here at Mason pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and a quadruple minor in Arabic, Business, Intelligence Analysis, and Forensic Psychology. I was blessed with the opportunity to partake in Mason’s 2015 Summer Morocco Internship Program, where I was able to work for a non-profit organization called Neighborhoods Association Idmaj. During my internship, I immersed myself in the Moroccan lifestyle as well as incorporated elements of English life skills and educational programs to help provide better opportunities for the impoverished children I was working with. Throughout my time in Morocco, I was able to gain imperative skills like adaptability, overcoming language barriers through effective verbal and non-verbal communication, and learning to work collaboratively with people from differing backgrounds. This has enabled me to network and maintain a long-lasting and memorable relationship with everyone I met. The benefits one can gain from participating in study abroad is an extremely invaluable experience that has sparked my craving for traveling, inspired me to want to make a difference in the world, and has motivated me to instill a passion for studying abroad within my fellow peers.

Email ymendezr@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Wednesdays 12-2pm, Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm (JC 235)
Major Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
Minor Arabic; Business; Intelligence Analysis; Forensic Psychology
Year Senior
Programs Internship Placements in Morocco, Summer 2015

Erich Schwartz

Erich Schwartz

Peer Advisor, Fall 2017

My name is Erich and I am excited to be a peer advisor this semester! My major is Economics and I intend to minor in either Chinese language or Asia-Pacific Studies. Over the summer I had an internship in Hong Kong with LSG Sky Chefs and had a blast. I am eager to help others begin their study abroad experience.

Email eschwa10@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Mondays 12-2pm, Thursdays 12-1:30pm (JC 235)
Major Economics
Year Junior
Program Internship Placements in Hong Kong, Summer 2017

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith

Peer Advisor, Fall 2017

Hello! My name is Sophie Smith and I am a senior pursuing a degree in Music with a concentration in vocal studies and a minor in Psychology. I have been to England, Italy, Scotland, and France, and I studied abroad in Paris, France, with the French Language in Paris Summer Program. During my experience in Paris I had the amazing opportunity of meeting so many international students who I remain in contact with today. I really improved on my ability to communicate with people when there is a language barrier, as well as communicating and getting along with people who come from a completely different culture than me. I love traveling and seeing the world, and I want to make that more possible for other students as well.

Email ssmith58@masonlive.gmu.edu
Advising Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-12pm (JC 235)
Major Music: Vocal Studies
Minor Psychology
Year Senior
Programs French Language in Paris, Summer 2017


Lianne Weisheit

Lianne Weisheit

Peer Advisor, Fall 2016-Spring 2018

I studied abroad at Freie Universitat in Berlin, Germany. I chose to study abroad in Berlin because I wanted to learn more about Germany's role in the modern world and experience the excitement of Berlin's culture. While I was in Berlin, not only did I have the opportunity to explore other regions of Germany, but I was also able to visit 10 other European countries. I have also traveled throughout Asia and Central America. My experiences abroad have made me very passionate about traveling. I am looking forward to working in an environment where I will be able to help others go abroad.

Email lweishei@masonlive.gmu.edu
Office Hours Tuesdays 12-2:30pm, Fridays 12-1:30pm (JC 235)
Major Global Affairs
Year Senior
Programs FU-BEST, Spring 2016

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Colin Virag

Colin Virag

Peer Advisor, Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Hi! My name is Colin Virag and I just spent my last semester studying abroad at the Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden. While there I got to travel all over Europe, eventually visiting 12 countries in total with friends from all over the world. I spent time in Greece, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, and all over Scandinavia. The study abroad experience has been my most memorable semester yet and in my opinion if there is any chance to study abroad, you have to take it. It truly is an experience that you will never get the same chance to have again in your life. 

Email cvirag@masonlive.gmu.edu
Major Finance
Year Senior
Program Jönköping University, Spring 2016