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Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are students who have have been hired and trained to take on a more active role in promoting study abroad and assisting students with their program search and application. Having been through the application process themselves, Peer Advisors can assist with general advising and provide tips for interested students on how to choose a program, petition courses for approval, and properly complete the application. In addition to these students directly helping other Mustangs study abroad, each student is currently working on a project to make study abroad even better at SMU!

 

 If you have not yet decided on a program or need general advising for study abroad, feel free to contact one of the students below. You can also contact our Student Ambassadors if you want to hear about the student experience on specific programs.


Marisa Infante, Senior Peer Advisor
minfante@smu.edu

  • Major: Art History
  • Minors: Arts Management, Archaeology, and French
  • SMU-in-Italy: Archaeology, Summer 2015

 

"My study abroad experience changed my life...not only did I learn many academic topics, but also I learned so much about life and about myself."

 

Project: Creating a more interactive Pre-Departure Orientation (also assisting other peer advisors with their projects as needed)




Sarah Beghin, Peer Advisor
sbeghin@smu.edu

  • Majors: EMIS, Economics, and Spanish
  • SMU-in-Costa Rica, Summer 2014 
  • SMU-in-Spain, Fall 2015

 

"My study abroad experiences made me feel much more confident and independent, as well as excite for my future...SMU's abroad programs have been the highlight of my college experience."

 

Project: Creating an online parent forum with FAQs and resources.

   

Lexie Castaneda, Peer Advisor
acastaneda@smu.edu

 

  • Majors: Political Science and Spanish
  • Minors: History and Law & Legal Reasoning
  • SMU-in-Costa Rica, Summer 2015
  • SMU-in-Madrid, Summer 2016
  • IFSA-Butler, Queen Mary University of London, Fall 2016

 

"My abroad experiences have all had an immense impact on who I am as a person, and this has led me to become very passionate about the education travel can give you."

 

Project: Creating a blog feature students currently abroad, Developing Pinterest for SMU Abroad as a resource for study abroad students

 

Alec Edwards, Peer Advisor
atedwards@smu.edu

  • Majors: International Studies, Human Rights
  • Minors: Business Administration, Spanish
  • SMU-in-Madrid, Summer 2015
  • IFSA-Butler: London School of Economics, Academic Year 2015-2016

 

"I think it is so important that everyone has the opportunity to have a global education and that it helps people grow in ways they never thought possible."

 

Project: Creating a returned student blog: xpatriateblog.wordrpess.com

 

 

Allie Knobbe, Peer Advisor *
 

  • Major: Accounting
  • Minor: Geology
  • SMU-in-Copenhagen, Fall 2015

 

"Although there are no words that can sum up my entire experience, 'life-changing,' 'incredible,' 'diverse,' 'beautiful,' and 'unique' are a good start."

 

Project: Coordinating the International Education Week Photo Contest; Organizing the Flags at the Flagpole event

 

*Allie's role as a Peer Advisor was for Fall semester only. Please choose another Peer Advisor to connect with, or email abroad@smu.edu.

 

Kayla Mason, Peer Advisor
kmason@smu.edu

  • Majors: Economics with Financial Applications, Markets and Culture
  • Minor: International Studies
  • SMU-in-Paris, Summer 2015
  • SMU-in-Switzerland, Spring 2016

 

"[I] had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, from different cultures than my own...Everyone had a story to tell."

 

Project: Creating program evaluation and rating system for semester programs, Managing SMU Abroad Newsletter, "Globe Trotter"

 

Rory Quigley, Peer Advisor
rquigley@smu.edu

  • Major:Mechanical Engineering
  • IFSA-Butler: University of Limerick (Ireland), Spring 2016

"I think I learned to live more on my own and matured a lot--not just academically, but in all aspects of my life."

 

 

Project: Creating a study abroad brochure/planning guide for engineering students