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 for additional information.

Meet Our GEM's:

 Jessica Blondell                                                                                                     


  • Major: Magazine and Multimedia Journalism
  • Study abroad program: University of Chester, England                                                                                                              
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: Learning about journalism in the UK was really cool for me because it's always good to know how other countries report stories and what they think about American journalism. I also want to travel for my job someday, so learning about other journalism ethics and responsibilities will be of good use to me if I encounter UK journalism again.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: I would advise students to do their academic and financial research before choosing a program. Always make sure the classes you take will have credits that will transfer over to SUNY Plattsburgh so you don't delay your degree progress. Looking at the currency exchange rate and estimated expenses for your study abroad program is also important so you know how much to budget before you leave.
  • Contact information:  

Darren Taylor

  • Major: International Business/Business Administration 
  • Study abroad program: Zhejiang Wanli University in Ningbo, China
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: The ability to live and experience a totally different culture, learn a different language, travel a foreign country, and make friends from all over the world. 
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Figure out where you want to go or what kind of experience you want and find a program that fits. There are so many options available that no matter what circumstance you're in you can find something that fits. Studying abroad gives you an amazing experience that you will never forget and give you valuable skills for the future.
  • Contact information:

William Linendoll

  • Major: TV-Video Production
  • Study abroad program: Bond University, Australia
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: My favorite academic part of the program was learning from professors who were producers and directors from Australia as well as England. In fact one of my professors during the day was working on the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie which was shooting not too far from Bond University. As far as my favorite non-academic part of my program, I would say that the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb as well as scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef were two of my favorite experiences.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: My advice to students who are considering a study abroad program is to plan ahead. I mean this in a sense that you should look at your credits and when the best time for you to study abroad is but more importantly that you need to plan ahead financially. Studying abroad is a great experience and an investment in yourself. I certainly do not regret my decision to study abroad, I just wish that I had better planned ahead financially. Of course part of this is that I went to Australia where the prices are nearly double what the price is at home but I also traveled and spent a lot more than I would have if I spent the semester at my home university. Just take into account that once you arrive at your study abroad university that you will most likely want to travel the country and do "touristy" things. All of these excursions add up but in the end they were some of the best parts of my study abroad experience. Just do some research before you leave and see if there are places you'd be interested in seeing and get an estimate of how much it will cost. Keep a look out too for student discounts. You can end up saving a lot of money.                             
  • Contact information:

Krista Malm

  • Major: Finance & Economics with a minor in Business Anaylsis
  • Study abroad program: University of Deusto Summer Business Program; Bilbao, Spain 
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: My favorite part of my study abroad experience was attending the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona!  
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Even if you are unsure of where to go or intimidated by being halfway across the world, don't be!! You will have the best time of your life! Studying abroad is a time in your life where you are given the opportunity to meet so many people and have amazing experiences that you'll never forget!
  • Contact information:

Hannah Maguire

  • Major: Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Study abroad program: Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
  • Favorite part of study abroad program: My favorite memory from studying abroad was the trip I took to Donegal. Donegal is a very rugged and rural part of Ireland, with lots of sheep and some of the nicest people I have ever met. I got to listen to traditional Irish music, eat fish and chips, and hike around the beautiful coastline.
  • Advice to students considering a study abroad program: Be open to new experiences! Sometimes you will have to step out of your comfort zone while abroad, such as travelling by yourself or going to a country where you don't speak the language. However, these instances can end up being the most exciting and rewarding experiences. 
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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

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