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Peer Advisers


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Want to learn more about study abroad from someone who has first hand knowledge? Visit the CIE to speak with one of our peer advisers, who are past participants of UW-Eau Claire study abroad programs.  They are available to talk with you on a walk-in and appointment basis about both general advising questions and about questions specific to their program. Don't forget to check out the awesome video our Fall 2013 Peer Advisers made! 

How do I Schedule an Appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by calling 715-836-4411 or just walk-in during their office hours! 

Or you can click on any of their names and send them email today! 
Australia & New Zealand
Melissa Pomaville
Hello!  My name is Melissa Pomaville and I studied in Lismore spring 2016! My major is Spanish with a biology minor, as well as pre-physical therapy.  Some of my favorite study abroad memories were the times we spent in Lismore getting to know the Aussie culture, especially hanging out with my roommates and Australian friends in our apartment.  There was never a dull moment!
Melissa's Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00-11:00am
Austria & Germany
Hannah Schneeman
Hallo!  My name is Hannah Schneeman, and I am a German Education major.  My favorite memory in my host city, Marburg, is climbing up to Rapunzel's tower on one of my very first afternoons in Germany and watching the sunset over my new home. 
Hannah's Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:00-4:00pm
Tyler Carrillo
My name is Tyler Carrillo, and I'm currently an Accounting and Spanish double major with a minor in Finance. One of my favorite memories while I was abroad was the International Students Day at the university, and all of the international students were able to share food and customs from their respective countries. For one of my classes, me and some of my classmates presented traditional Chilean dances at the International Student Day. 
Tyler's Office Hours: Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Costa Rica, Language & Culture
Mikala Russell
My name is Mikala Russell, and I will be a senior at UWEC. I am a pre-medical student with a biology major and a Spanish minor. My favorite memory from my study abroad experience was when we got to meet the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís. My Central American history professor took us on a field trip to the Presidential House in San José. It was neat to tie in what we had learned in our history class about Costa Rican politics to an actual experience that we were lucky enough to have. 
Mikala's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30pm
Costa Rica, Nursing & Healthcare Professions
Lauren Fleming
Hi! My name is Lauren Fleming, and I am a Nursing major with a Spanish for Health Professions and Latin American Studies minor. My favorite memory from studying in Costa Rica with this program was touring local hospitals and clinics and being able to see the difference between the health care system in the United States and Costa Rica. I also loved the host family stay because it greatly improved my Spanish knowledge and skills.  
Lauren's Office Hours: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm
Harlaxton, England
Katie Sweeney
My name is Katie Sweeney. I am an International Business and Management double major. I loved studying abroad in England! I traveled a lot on weekends, but I also spent a lot of time in London and became really familiar with the city. It's an incredible place! My favorite part is how England became a place I called home.

(Katie has also studied abroad on the Costa Rica summer program, as well as the China & India Globalization programs!)
Katie's Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Winchester, England & Ireland
Kelsie Balon
Hello! My name is Kelsie Balon, and I am a senior at UWEC. My major is Secondary English Education, with a minor in Theatre Education. I studied abroad in Winchester, England for the fall semester of 2015. My favorite memory from Winchester was walking into town with all of my friends I made at the University and wandering through the little stalls and shops on High Street to purchase handmade goods and try delicious new foods. 
Kelsie's Office Hours: Mondays, 2:00-4:00pm
Kristin McLeod
My name is Kristin McLeod, and I am a Public Relations major and a French minor. One of my favorite memories from my study abroad experience was when I got to take a hiking excursion through my host university in the Pyrenees Mountains, which is about an hour away from my host city, Pau. It had some of the most beautiful views, and I was able to make new friends!
Kristin's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Greece & Sweden
Alec Baenen
I am Alec Baenen, a Business Management major here at UWEC, and my favorite memory from studying abroad in Thessaloniki is watching the sunset from the boardwalk with a Greek frappe in hand and climbing up Ano Poli for a beautiful view of the city. 
Alec's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm 
Megan Finstad
Hi! My name is Megan Finstad, and I'm a Music Education major. There's so much to love about Italy, but some of my favorite moments were spent watching the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo and studying in the Giardino delle Rose. 
Megan's Office Hours: Mondays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Irene Ng
My name is Irene Ng, and I am a senior with a Business Economics major and Japanese minor. I was in Japan for study abroad during the fall 2016 semester. From here, I was able to learn Japanese culture, meet different people, and speak different languages. 
Irene's Office Hours: Thursdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Ian FreiburgerMy name Ian Freiburger, and I'm a double major in English and Political Science Education. I'm also part of the Critical Theory Club and The Players. One of my favorite memories from studying abroad was celebrating Christmas with my flatmates. We worked together to make a traditional English Christmas dinner and did a Secret Santa gift exchange. We also went to one of the main squares in Glasgow to ice skate, walk around the market, and go out to eat for our last good-bye. It was a nice way of bonding together before we left. 
Ian's Office Hours: Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm
South Africa
Paige Mushinski
My name is Paige Mushinski, and I'm a junior majoring in Environmental Public Health. My favorite memory from studying abroad in South Africa was walking with elephants and climbing Lions Head at night!
Paige's Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm
South Korea & China
Delaney Cooley
My name is Delaney Cooley, and I'm an English linguistics major with a minor in Transnational Asian studies and TEFL. I studied abroad in Suwon, South Korea and my favorite memory from my host city is waking up my first day in Korea. I met some students from France and the Netherlands, and we explored the city together, and I made my first friends in another country. 
Delaney's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9:00-11:00am
Courtney Patri
Hello! My name is Courtney Patri, and I'm a Spanish and Math Education major. I studied abroad in Valladolid during the spring 2016 semester. One of my favorite study abroad memories is going out for tapas and trying different traditional Spanish foods with Spanish students from the University of Valladolid. 
Courtney's Office Hours: Thursdays, 9:00-11:00am
Sumya PaungHello! My name is Sumya Paung, and I'm a Graphic Design major with a minor in Asian Studies. My favorite memories were the times I spent getting "lost" on purpose. I love getting lost in the city of Chiang Mai because you'll always stumble into something interesting whether it be temples, markets, or art galleries. The times I spent talking to the locals and wantering the streets of Chiang Mai made me truly feel like a local. It made me feel like I too belong here and could spend the rest of my life here. 
Sumya's Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am
Check out this video created by our 2013 Peer Advisers! They talk about why they studied abroad and the experiences they had!