Jackie Chang

Jackie Chang

Study Abroad Program:
DIS Copenhagen, Denmark Academic Year 2016-2017

Major:
Psychology/Public Policy Analysis

Class Year:  
Senior

Why did I study abroad?
Broadly speaking, I strongly believe that the world will be a better place when we learn, experience, and appreciate other cultures than our own. Personally, I wanted the hands-on experience that DIS offers.

On-campus activities:
Claremont Christian Fellowship, ASPC Office Assistant, and other activities here and there.

Specific Topics of Interest:
Education, Early Childhood Development and Psychology, DIS Courses and other things about Denmark. I’m also happy to talk about my experiences as an women of color, a low-income student, and an 1.5 generation immigrant while studying abroad.

Office Hours:
Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Audrey DePaepe

Audrey DePaepe

Study Abroad Program:
SIT Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments (program by petition), Fall 2016; Pomona College Neuroscience Program (UCL), Spring 2017

Major:
Neuroscience

Minor:
Spanish

Class Year:  
Senior

Why did I study abroad?
Since I first started learning Spanish, I’ve always wanted to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country to develop fluency. I was also looking for a program that would provide me with hands-on public health experience to complement my pre-health STEM studies in the classroom. I ended up falling in love with Buenos Aires!  I chose to study abroad in London in the spring in order to be able to experience living in Europe while also getting neuroscience credits, which was important if I was going to be gone from the year. I enjoyed traveling during holidays and was also really happy to extend my experience in Europe with a neuroscience internship in Barcelona.

My goals as a Peer Mentor: 
Because my programs were very distinct from each other, from housing situation, to program type and academic style, to living in the city itself, I hope to be able to help out on a variety of topics or assist in deciding between different types of study abroad experiences – or in deciding to do two!

On-campus activities:
Besides working as an OSA Peer Mentor, I am a current Neuroscience Lab TA. I’ve also recently begun volunteering with the Draper Center ESL Tutor program, and I’m a former member of Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Soccer.

Specific Topics of Interest:
STEM majors; Pre-health students; Athletes abroad; Year-long abroad; Transitioning (to, from, and while abroad)

Office Hours:
Monday, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Clarise Lee

Clarise Lee

Study Abroad Program:
Arcadia Melbourne, Australia, Fall 2016

Major:
Psychology

Class Year:  
Senior

Why did I study abroad?
I chose Melbourne, because I wanted to experience a big university life as well as living in a big city. I also wanted to spend more time outside of classrooms by joining a sports team and travel clubs that were not available at Pomona. Moreover, since I was considering switching my major while abroad, hundreds of classes offered at the University of Melbourne gave me a great opportunity to explore different fields of study.

On-campus activities:
I am very happy to be an International Student Mentor Program (ISMP) mentor and a Pomona Events Committee (PEC) member this year. I also work at the Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC). I was an Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) mentor my sophomore year. In my free time, I enjoy working out and making/drinking coffee.

Specific Topics of Interest:
Identity abroad as an international student at Pomona, person of color, and woman, how to balance academics and leisure, how to interact with locals, budgeting, traveling, re-entry, and more!

Office Hours:
Thursday, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Brian Moser

Brian Moser

Study Abroad Program:
SIT Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans, (Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo), Spring 2017

Major:
International Relations

Why did I study abroad?
I have always enjoyed learning new languages and immersing myself in new cultures, and studying abroad gave me an opportunity to do both in a place that I otherwise very well may never have gone to.

On-campus activities:
In addition to my position at the OSA, I am currently a member of the 5C Mental Health Alliance

Words of Advice:
Never underestimate the importance of international experiences to your personal growth. Studying abroad doesn’t just introduce you to new perspectives, but allows you to reflect on the elements that you take for granted within your own culture and personality. Through these considerations, you’ll surprise yourself with how much you change.

Specific Topics of Interest:
I am very passionate about the specific issues that individuals facing depression and anxiety when studying abroad. Having dealt with the challenges that these problems pose within the study abroad setting, I strongly hope that I can give advice to anybody with questions regarding this topic. However, I am also more than happy to discuss questions about anything related to studying abroad!

Office Hours:
Tuesday, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

​Madison Orozco

Madison Orozco

Study Abroad Program:
College Year in Athens (CYA), Greece, Academic Year 2016-2017

Major:
International Relations

Class Year:  
Senior

Why did I study abroad?
When deciding where to go to college, one of the main reasons I choose Pomona was the fact that it offered so many study abroad programs. Studying abroad gives you the chance to escape the Claremont bubble and more importantly to have experiences that, at least on my part, I never thought would be possible. Going to Greece not only allowed me to broaden my perspectives and continue to learn Modern Greek, but also allowed me to live with a family, make connections in the community, volunteer with organizations helping refugees, and so much more. I passionately believe that everyone should try to study abroad! 

On-campus activities:
I work here at the Office of Study Abroad as well as at Star47 and the Music Library. I also am a MERGE (Mulit-Ethnic and Race Group Exchange) mentor and a leader in the Claremont Christian Fellowship. If you are ever interested in learning more about or being a part of these groups, let me know! 

Specific Topics of Interest:
Please reach out to me! My specific topics of interest are mental health abroad, being a POC as well as a woman abroad, budgeting, and re-entry/readjustment upon return, but I would also be happy to talk about other things as well. 

Office Hours:
Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

​Erika Sato

Erika Sato

Study Abroad Program:
SIT Social Innovation and Community Development, Fortaleza, Brazil, Fall 2016; College Year in Athens (CYA), Greece, Spring 2017

Major:
International Relations

Class Year:  
Senior

Why did I study abroad?
I wanted to study abroad to broaden my undergraduate experience with a variety of different kinds of learning. I think living abroad can really challenge us to engage in self-reflection and learn to be more flexible and resilient. In addition to learning important specific academic content in each of the countries I went to, my experiences helped me grow as a person.

On-campus activities:
Pomona College Choir, IR Liaison

Specific Topics of Interest:
I would love to talk to students about my experiences with identity abroad and how my year abroad changed my perspective on my identity in the US, especially in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and national identity. I’m also happy to discuss pre-departure and re-entry challenges. Please feel free to reach out to me!

Office Hours:
Wednesday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Aaron Sege

Aaron Sege

Study Abroad Program:
Sarah Lawrence College Havana, Cuba, Fall 2016

Major:
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Class Year:  
Senior

Why did I study abroad?
I wanted to strengthen my Spanish and experience life in a developing country. I chose Cuba in particular because of the opportunity to study its economy and politics. Cuba has a rich history and culture, and I had an amazing time there.

On-campus activities:
I plan speaker events as a member of the Pomona Student Union. In my free time, I love rock climbing.

Specific Topics of Interest:
I’m always happy to talk about study abroad, including studying in Latin America, pre-departure prep, direct enrollment (local university) courses and research abroad, religion abroad, and ethical/ sustainable travel.

Office Hours:
Monday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.