Past Global Ambassadors
Daniel J. Rodriquez ’17
Engineering Major, IFSA Butler, Queen Mary University, Spring 2016
Studying abroad in London, England was an immensely rewarding experience for me. Leaving the country and supporting myself while abroad gave me a great sense of independence and made me feel more confident in my ability to live as an adult after graduation.
Furthermore, studying abroad gave me the unique experience of working with students from England, as well as students from various prestigious U.S. schools. Sharing this unique academic experience is why I decided to become a Global Ambassador. Working side by side with these students and discussing our various academic backgrounds gave me more perspective on my HMC education and made me feel more prepared for post-graduation endeavors. Additionally, working with students abroad made me feel more confident in my abilities to learn and perform as a student. While at HMC, I have often found myself asking for help from other students. So studying abroad and helping students from other prestigious schools was both refreshing and encouraging. Now, as I go into my final year at HMC, I have a new, excited outlook on my future and capabilities as a student and adult.
Kathryn Jones ’17
Engineering Major, Arcadia Christchurch, Spring 2016
I had actually come into Mudd fully intending to study abroad in New Zealand, and while here I was fortunate enough to be given the resources and opportunity to easily fulfill that goal. Studying in Christchurch was an amazing experience in so many ways; getting a chance to meet new people, as well as try out a different type of education system are incredible and valuable experiences. I had so much fun getting to explore the country with friends new and old – whether it was hiking or driving the country never failed to amaze me with it’s beauty and vibrance. I would love to share my experiences and encourage more Mudders to get out of the Mudd bubble and into the greater world – it really is an unforgettable experience!
Keighley Overbay ’17
Computer Science Major, CIEE Yonsei, Spring 2016
Hello, I’m Keighley, a senior at Harvey Mudd who just got back from studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. My experience abroad was far and away the most amazing time of my life. I was able to experience new things, make great friends, and have a chance to discover new things that I’m passionate about. I want to share this amazing experience with anyone else who has even considered studying abroad, and this is exactly why I chose to become a Global Ambassador for the study abroad office. I’m happy to talk to anyone at any time about my experience abroad, and look forward to helping more people get the chance to have this amazing chance.
Hannah Welsh ’17
Chemistry Major, IFSA Butler Chilean Program in Peru, Spring 2016
When I first toured Mudd as a senior in high school, I worried that studying abroad, something I had known I wanted to do for years, wouldn’t be possible at such a rigorous tech school. An admissions counselor reassured me that Mudd encourages students to study abroad and that it’s possible for anyone if they want to make it happen. Sure enough, getting to the point of embarking for a semester abroad was easier than I could have imagined and the decision to do so was one of the best choices I’ve made during my time at Mudd. I did, saw, and learned so many new things during my semester in Lima, Perú and it was a huge time for me as an individual that I know I will never forget. As a Global Ambassador, I hope to help protect the opportunity for anyone to study abroad, encourage everyone (especially those debating whether or not they want to) to do so, and to provide my unique experience of complete language immersion in a Latin American country.
Faith Lemire-Baeten ’17
Engineering Major, University of Cork, Ireland, Spring 2016
Harvey Mudd takes pride in educating young people who “have a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society,” and I knew that studying abroad would develop that understanding beyond anything taught in a classroom. Studying in Cork, Ireland, opened my eyes to another world, where the friendliest people and tastiest chips reside in one small beautiful city. From Cork I was able to travel across Europe and experience not only new cultures, but a fresh perspective on the world around me, in each place I visited. I returned filled to the brim with excitement yet hungry for my next adventure. I will never lose the love for traveling, the itch to ask questions, and the passion to meet new people that studying abroad gave me, and I want to inspire and educate other students about opportunities to study abroad so that they can have their own unique and incredible experience.
Rachel Mow ’17
Chemistry Major, CIEE Botswana, Spring 2016
Growing up I always wanted to study abroad and I was ecstatic when Mudd allowed this hope to become reality. I studied in Botswana, where I took classes at the University of Botswana and lived with a host family. As much as we can read or hear stories about other cultures and ways of life, I think the best way to understand is by immersing yourself in the culture and embracing a different way of life for a semester (or more!) While in Botswana I faced huge challenges and was repeatedly forced out of my comfort zone, but I ended up learning an incredible amount about Botswana, the culture, the people, the surrounding areas, and myself in the process. Spending a semester in Botswana is one of the best decisions I have made, and I want to encourage others to experience spending a semester abroad. As a Global Ambassador, I hope to help other students select a location that will fulfill their wishes for an abroad experience while also providing insight into studying in a nontraditional location.
Nava Dallal ’17
CS major SLU, Madrid, Spring 2016
Choosing to study abroad in Madrid was easily the best decision I have made in college. I fell in love with Madrid and the rest of Europe and learned more about the world than I ever had before. I discovered my passion for traveling, made wonderful friends from other countries and had many, many adventures all over Europe that I have learned so much from. It was so refreshing to step outside the Mudd bubble and see what the rest of the world has to offer. I would love to encourage other Mudd students to go abroad and also be able to give helpful advice that I wish I had known before I went abroad.
Cherlyn Chan ’17
Engineering Major, IFSA Butler, Univ. of Auckland, Spring 2016
Spending four blissful months in New Zealand has slowly but surely widened my knowledge of understanding other cultures. Although classwork is a key component to studying abroad, I’ve found that there is so much to learn from others and really living in the moment to capture it all. This country has definitely taken a hold of me and I won’t ever forget all the wonderful experiences I’ve had from meeting local kiwis to exploring the pristine nature! It has been so worth it to take a semester away from Mudd and engage in a different community to become more open-minded and challenge myself. As a Global Ambassador, I would love to share more with students who have interest in traveling!
Emma Klein ’17
Chemistry Major, SIT India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community, Spring 2016
I have always wanted to study abroad, and I love that Mudd not only made it possible, it made it easy. I studied public health in India and learned so much more about myself, my career, and this country than I could ever have expected. Immersion in such a rich, fascinating, contradictory, challenging, and exhilarating culture has been an experience beyond words. I want to help other Mudders have the opportunity I have had, and to act as an advocate for less common study abroad destinations and programs, and the ability to study outside your major.
Savannah Baron ’17
CS Major, IFSA Butler – University College London, Spring 2016
Studying abroad in London was a really amazing experience. It’s given me the chance to learn about a different culture, to travel to a ton of countries that would have been impractical otherwise, and perhaps most importantly to experience a sort of tutorial-mode version of what life in the real world without Mudd’s crazy work load (and tight knit community) will be like. I’ve loved it, and I’d like to be a Global Ambassador both to encourage others to study abroad, and because the process of applying to programs and living in another country can be sort of intimidating. There are some tips I got from other students, and some others that I learned from my own trial and error, and the more I can pass them on, and convince others to study abroad, the better!