APA Campus Ambassadors are study abroad returnees who are passionate about their education abroad experience and are willing to share their insight and expertise with fellow students. They have applied and been accepted to participate in the program. APA Campus Ambassadors are trained to speak about study abroad and share their personal experience with other students at study abroad fairs, information session and one-on-one conversations.
By participating in the Campus Ambassador program the returning alumni is seeking to make personal and professional meaning of their time abroad. While they are sharing their international experiences with other students just after returning from study abroad, they are also learning: Lindsay, APA Ambassador Coordninator and Assistant Director US, with students
- How to market their knowledge and skills in real life situations;
- Communication, networking and social media content writing expertise;
- Team work and group dynamics;
- Telecommuting capabilities allowing them to collaborate with other ambassadors across the US and APA’s Stamford office;Professional communication tools that will help them later for:
- Job interviews,
- Resume writing,
- Requesting recommendations
Ambassadors can be reached through e-mail. Find Ambassadors who have studied with APA on your Campus or who studied subjects of interest to you while they were abroad.
Note: Campus Ambassadors should be consulted for further insight about the APA in Paris program but are not to be confused with your on Campus Study Abroad/Off Campus Studies/International offices. Always be sure to check with your advisor and the study abroad office as their signature is often required to study abroad and is a requirement when applying to APA. You are also welcome to contact alumni of the program who are not Ambassadors but who have agreed to be contacted by interested students. Please contact the US office for a complete list.
MEET THE 2011-2012 APA CAMPUS AMBASSADORS:
| ||University of Origin: ||Yale University |
| Efe “Chantel” Ghanney ||Major: ||I am a premed student and a potential double major in Chemistry and French (weird combination, I know but I am hopelessly in love with both fields). |
| ||Classes studied in France: ||Social Psychology (Daily Life) (Nanterre Paris X) |
Literature (The Bible and Literature) (Nanterre Paris X)
History of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 20th Century (Paris: La Sorbonne-Pantheon)
| ||Host situation: ||Like all other APA students, I lived with a host family in a lovely apartment in the 17th arrondissement. My host dad was a neurosurgeon so took me to observe some of his surgical procedures and my host brother, who was in his early twenties, took me along to meet his friends. I couldn't have asked for a more welcoming family |
| ||Activities while in France ||Making friends in Paris was not an easy task but I found that the best way to get around that was to get involved in activities. I joined a salsa and hip hop class at Nanterre, frequented a salsa club every weekend and volunteered as a Teaching Assistant with the Assistant Bénévole program |
| ||Share ||I know it may seem disconcerting to move to another country, leaving your friends and family behind, but it is one of the best decisions I've made in my life. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people and immerse yourself in a completely different culture. Don't worry, friends and family will NOT forget you. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder! |