Who We Are

Say Hello to our 2019-2020 Student Assistants!

Hi, my name is Ariana and I am a 4th year Cognitive Science major and Computer Science minor. I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for the 2017 Fall semester. I spent time eating in coffee shops, exploring castles, and enjoying people’s accents. While there I was lucky enough to travel to Iceland, Denmark, France, Switzerland, England, and Italy. My time abroad gave me the opportunity to visit places I’ve never been and make life-long friends, I hope to do it again someday!

Hi, I’m Elakya, a third year Cognitive Science Major with a Specialization in Design and Interaction. For my abroad experience, I was lucky enough to be on an immersive ranch in Costa Rica, which was completely self-powered. It was also an amazing learning experience as everyone I met there only predominantly spoke Spanish, and I was able to learn a lot about the language and Costa Rican culture. I was also able to travel to nearby cities, try fresh local food,  and visit some of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever been to. I’m excited to work here and help everyone who wants to be able to go abroad, because it’s one of the best experiences ever.

My name is Eliana and welcome to my bio! I’m a 3rd year Visual Arts major with Linguistics and Literature minors. In the summer of 2019 I studied at Yonsei University in South Korea. It was a wonderful time filled with food, shopping, and lots of laughable moments. After my program, I was lucky enough to live in a studio apartment in Sinchon so I could really experience the residential life of a twenty-something in Korea. I also hopped over to Tokyo on an impulse and lived my best life by reading Murakami in various cafes and parks. Studying abroad is definitely an experience that leaves you with plenty of stories and I can’t wait to help you find yours!

안녕하세요! Hello! My name is Jacqueline and I am a 4th year Developmental Psychology major and Education Studies minor. I studied abroad through the UCEAP program at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea for the 2019 Spring Semester. My adventure studying abroad allowed me to experience one in a lifetime opportunities such as: visiting the DMZ, trying live octopus in Busan, going to a raccoon cafe, and being just a little closer to my favorite Korean pop idols, BTS! What was also amazing was that not only was I able to immerse myself into the country’s culture, but I was able to share some of mine to 3-year-old Korean children by teaching them basic English through the UCEAP Angels volunteer program. I will never forget how in the end they asked me not to leave, and it was the cutest thing ever! While I wish I could have stayed there much longer, I am super grateful that studying abroad was able to give me valuable memories that I will continue to treasure forever! So, if you’re thinking about studying abroad but are hesitating to do so, my best piece of advice is to just go for it! It’ll be a challenging, but also super rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you will never regret! 

Hello, my name is Kaylee and I am a second year student from Eleanor Roosevelt College. I am majoring in International Studies Political Science and minoring in Environmental Studies. Over the summer of 2019, I had my first experience outside of the United States when I studied abroad with a Global Seminar in Berlin, Germany. As cliché as it sounds, this experience was life changing in the ways that thoroughly expanded my world view with the vast array of different people I met and the experiences I had. Currently, I am already planning on studying abroad again and I cannot recommend the experience more. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the study abroad office anytime as we would love to answer them!

Hi my name is Khaila and I’m a third year studying Psychology. As a recent transfer student I was able to go abroad the summer before starting at UCSD in Puerto Escondido, Mexico for five weeks. During my time abroad I was able to spend my days shadowing healthcare professions in the morning and exploring the beautiful beaches in the afternoon. Studying abroad was such an incredible experience that I couldn’t even wait until I returned home to start planning my next study abroad adventure and I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad.

Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a 2nd year International Business major from Eleanor Roosevelt College. In summer 2019, I went on a Global Seminar in Madrid, Spain where I learned about Spanish and world history. It was amazing to learn about the culture, language, and people in Spain. From practicing my Spanish to eating different tapas, this was an unbelievable experience that I highly encourage others to take apart of. Hopefully, I will study abroad again. My goal is to work internationally to learn more about the amazing peoples and cultures that this world has!

Hi! I’m Rachel, and I absolutely LOVED my study abroad experience in Beijing in Fall 2017. I am in my fifth and final year as a student at UCSD, currently completing my graduate degree as a part of the Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs (BA/MIA) program at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. After graduating this coming June, I plan to go back to China for one year to further practice my Mandarin ability and research smart cities in China. This is my second year working at the Study Abroad Office, and I am extremely passionate about helping other students gain life-changing study abroad experiences!

Nathaniel is a Communication major with a Business minor. In the study abroad office, Nathaniel specializes in Global Seminars; or more appropriately, generates promotional materials for Global Seminars. He spent his summer in Iceland on a global seminar, studying volcanoes and glaciers in the land of fire and ice. In the 5 minutes a day he isn’t working 1 of his 4 multi-media design positions, you can find Nathaniel writing music, screenwriting, drawing, hiking, discovering new coffee shops, or generally just adventuring.

Kia ora, my name is Tiffany, and I’m a 4th year chemical engineering major. My role in the Study Abroad Office is to kick as many students out the door to be swept off to a different part of the world. My adventures in New Zealand, from tramping (Kiwi slang for hiking) Mount Doom to spontaneously skydiving one supposedly lazy afternoon, were incredibly precious—my precious—and I can’t wait to hear about where in the world you’d like to study, intern, or research. So stop on by our humble hobbit-hole to plan your next adventure!