Global Education Mentor Program (GEM)

Meet the GEMs

Global Education Mentors are study away alumni who have a special volunteer role with the Global Education Office (GEO). GEMs are available to speak to prospective students and can provide a unique perspective on specific programs and locations, as well as the overall study away experience. Students are welcome to contact a GEM who represents a program or location that is of interest.

How to Become a Global Education Mentor

Interested study away alumni should contact Study Abroad and Exchanges in Kehoe 210 or email geo@plattsburgh.edu for additional information.

Meet Our GEM's:

 Amanda Bordeau                                                                                                     

 

  • Major: Public Relations
  • Study abroad program: Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia                                                                                                              
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: My favorite part of the study abroad program was having the chance to see a part of the world that very few people from this area can say they’ve traveled to. Through this program I had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people from all over the world and make life-long connections for my future endeavors. Having the chance to explore the ‘land down under’ was an experience I’ll never forget and I hope to encourage other students to do the same.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: My advice to any student considering a study abroad program is to simply apply!! It may be expensive, it may be a long time away from home, and it might be scary but it will be more than worth it in the end. You will take more away from this program than anything else in your college careers!
  • Contact information: bordeau.amanda@gmail.com  

Jesse Paul Chandler

  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Study abroad program: Akita International University, Ahita, Japan
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: "Every piece of the experience worked out perfectly. The small, personal atmosphere on campus and the overall hospitality I received everywhere I went was surreal, but in the most comforting way. The university life itself was incredible, but my own excursions are what really completed the experience."
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: "Keep an open mind to any cultural differences or opportunities. Volunteer as much as possible and try to get to know the local culture. In addition make as many local friends and connections as soon as possible.  And be ready for anything wild that may come your way and spend your time exactly as you want to."
  • Contact information: jchan002@plattsburgh.edu

Clinton DeMerritt

  • Major: Information Technology
  • Study abroad program: University of Chester, Chester, England
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: "My favorite part of my abroad experiecne was being out of my comfort zone.  I was given an experience to meet people across the world and make new friends.  The memories and friendships I developed are everlasting and I cherish each and every one of them.  Plus visiting Amsterdam, Italy, Dublin, and Barcelona was an extra bonus to my trip.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: "GO!!  This is a life changing opportunity.  You truly grow as an individual.  Embrace the culture and have fun.  Meet new people and make friends.  Keep an open mind.  When I look back at my program, I have ZERO regrets.  I had the best time of my life on my study abroad program.  Take full advantage of this opportunity.  Don't let it pass by you."                                  
  • Contact information: clintonlwis19@gmail.com

Chris Lyons

  • Major: International Business
  • Study abroad program: University of Chester, Chester, England and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 
  • Favorite part of study abroad program:  
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program:
  • Contact information: clyon001@plattsburgh.edu

Aissatou Diallo

  • Major: International Business and Management Information Systems
  • Study abroad program: la Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: "My favorite part of my study abroad program was meeting new people and travelling to other places outside of Paris. Not only have I seen the nice and elegant parts, but I have also seen the inferior parts. In the classroom setting, I was capable of meeting new students who were also internationals from Asia, America and Latin America. There were really helpful in speaking the French language with me. Finally travelling outside of Paris to Belgium and Champagne has increased my knowledge of how European countries interact and operate."
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: "I would advise students to do cultural research on the country they are going to, understand the academic policies in that same country, and understand the norms in America are definitely not the same overseas. These three factors will help them prepare for their trip and their upcoming experience."
  • Contact information: adialoo1@plattsburgh.edu

Yvette Marchewka

  • Major: Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
  • Study abroad program: Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Favorite part of study abroad program:
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program:
  • Contact information: ymarc001@plattsburgh.edu

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                        

Sam Marollo

 

  • Major: Childhood Education 
  • Study abroad program: University of Alcala, Alcala, Spain
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: "My favoirt part of the study abroad program was traveling to Barcelona for the weekend.  We went to an FC Barcelona game, ate dinner, and stayed up all walking the city.  Towards the early morning we walked to the coastline and saw the marina as the sun began to raise, I was contentedly sitting on the beach, tired from the long day, soaking up the most glorious view I had ever seen."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: "My advice to those going abroad is to stop thinking about all the negative possibilities whethr it be a program problem, need for a job or whatever else you can think of.  You will have plenty of tiem to work, there is always programs to fit your schedule and you need to JUST GO!"
  • Contact information: samuelmarollo@ymail.com

Sofia Monosson 

  • Major: International Business, Global Supply Chain Management       
  • Study abroad program and country: Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada. 
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: "I loved just about every part of my program, but there were a few things in particular. I truly enjoyed the fact that every aspect of my program was geared towards learning about Quebecois culture, and using French all the time. I came out of the program with many new friends from all over the world and a much better understanding of the French Language. Overall the experience was wonderful and I know I made the right decision."
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: "My advice is quite simple, to just go! Studying abroad is a wonderful experience that will enrich your learning and experiences in general throughout college. There's paperwork, and logistical problems that you need to sort out, but in the end its all worth it." 
  • Contact information: smonosson@gmail.com

Ingrid Morales

  • Major: Studio Art and Spanish 
  • Study abroad program: SUNY CRUE in Barcelona, Spain
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: "Saturday night dinners with my Spanish best friend, discovering more and more UNESCO sites around every corner and the Mediterranean Sea, just a walk away from home...The best part about study abraod?  Everything."
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: "Go for it.  Don't think about it any longer and just take the opportunity to study abroad.  It is not just about the amazing photos you will take in front of landmarks, the delicious and oh so different food you will get to try or even the wonderful friendships you will make for a lifetime; it is about the person you will become after all of those experiences."
  • Contact information: imora001@plattsburgh.edu

Kim Polstein

  • Major: Psychology
  • Study abroad program: Semester at Sea
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: My favorite part of the program was surprisingly the ship life.  I really enjoyed living with all my friends that I had made and having everything right there which took a lot of the stress of being far away from home off of me.  The staff was super friendly and made everyone feel right at home.  Plus the people I met on the ship were amazing and I made some great new friends that I see lasting a very long time. 
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Do it!  I had a hard time paying for it, but once I figured it all out it was the most amazing expereince of my life.  If you have questions, ask them, no matter how small or silly you think they are.  You'll feel much better (especially if it's your first time out of the country) if you know every single detail of what you need to do, where you need to be, etc.  Lastly, bring a journal with you.  Mine was required for my course, but looking back I'm so glad it was because I wrote down everything!  Sights, smells, taste, things people said, everything that happened in a day, etc. and now when I feel homesick for the ship or one of the seven countries I can go back to my journal and feel like I'm right back in my study abroad class.  
  • Contact information: kpolstein@gmail.com

Steven Rohrig

  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Study abroad program: Bond University, Gold Coast, Australi
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: Meeting people from all over the world and having the opportunity to travel to new and awesome places in the world while still getting credits towards my degree here at Plattsburgh.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Find out as much information as possible about the program, school, and country you look to travel to. Also, come up with ideas of places you would like to travel and things you would like to see while you are in the country. And most importantly, choose to study abroad! It will be one of the best experiences of your college career.
  • Contact information: stevenrohrig@aol.com

Gabrielle Stephen

  • Major: Childhood and Special Education
  • Study abroad program: Semester at Sea 
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: I was able to get a taste of six different countries in only three weeks. I took away something different from each country that helped to open up my view of the world and give me an even stronger desire to travel.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Just do it! Once you put yourself out there in the world, the possibilities are endless as to what you will learn and experience. Traveling outside of the country is a life-changing experience that you should not miss out on.
  • Contact information: gstep001@plattsburgh.edu  

Nancy Vickerson

  • Major: Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Study abroad program: Wollongong University, Wollongong, Australia
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: The close friendships I formed with Australians and other study abroad students from all over the world. Holding a Koala in my arms was a dream come true as well.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Absolutely Study Abroad! This is an amazing opportunity that won’t come around again. I was nervous before I left because I didn’t know what to expect but I quickly realized I had nothing to be scared of. I had the time of my life and so will you !
  • Contact information: nvick001@plattsburgh.edu
 

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Email: geo@plattsburgh.edu

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.