Mackenzie Cummings

Mackenzie Cummings

Study Abroad Program: CIEE Santiago, Chile Fall 2017
Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish
Class year: Senior

Why did I Study Abroad?

I knew coming into college that I wanted to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country because I wanted to travel and work on becoming fluent in Spanish. Chile was an amazing experience in that my Spanish improved immensely and I was able to be fully immersed in an environment that truly challenged me, but forced me to learn how to adapt quickly and be comfortable with the uncomfortable.

On-Campus Activities

Psychology department liaison, Psychology TA, research assistant in the MIND Lab, Pomona-Pitzer swim team captain

Specific Topics of Interest

Athletes studying abroad, mental health stigma in different countries, budgeting

Office Hours

Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 2 p.m.

Nathalie Guevara

Nathalie Guev

Study Abroad Program: CIEE Seoul, South Korea: Arts and Sciences (program by petition), Spring 2018
Major: Neuroscience
Class Year: 2019

Why did I Study Abroad?

One of the main reasons I chose Pomona was because of the study abroad program. I had never left the country before, so I was really nervous about the prospect of being so far away for a long period of time. I loved learning about different languages and cultures, so I ultimately decided that studying abroad in a country whose culture was different from the one I grew up in would be the best way to approach my study abroad experience. Studying in a different country and culture taught me things I would not have been able to learn in Claremont. Being a STEM major I worried that not taking hard sciences would set me far back in my major; it wasn’t until I was actually in Korea that I came to the realization that the different experience and challenges abroad were just as important in shaping me as a person, student, and (hopefully) future doctor. Even though it was pretty intimidating at first, pushing myself to study abroad in such a new setting was one of the best decisions I have made. If you have the opportunity to do so, please study abroad!

On-Campus Activities

In addition to working at the Office of Study Abroad, I am a FLI (first generation/low-income) mentor and a Health Bridges health advocate.

Specific Topics of Interest

I am always happy to talk about any part of my experience in Seoul. Some of my specific topics of interest are identity abroad (first-generation/low-income, woman of color), navigating your first time abroad, STEM majors, Pre-Health students, and pre-departure challenges. Feel free to reach out with anything!

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rebecca Harvey

Rebecca Harvey

Study Abroad Program: IES Nantes, France
Major: Linguistics/French
Class Year: Senior

Why did I Study Abroad?

I studied abroad because I’ve been learning about the French language and culture for most of my life, and I wanted to experience life in France firsthand. My ultimate goal was to drastically improve my language skills and integrate myself into the community as much as possible. I loved it so much that I decided to stay in Nantes after my program ended and work/live there over the summer!

On-Campus Activities

I work as a Linguistics Mentor and TA, and I am a member of Mood Swing A Cappella and Pomona College Choir.

Specific Topics of Interest

I am interested in queer identities abroad, managing mental health abroad, budgeting and finance abroad, and I’m always happy to talk about my experiences with homestays, finding local friends, traveling, re-entry, and more!

Office Hours

Mondays, 2:30 - 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 1:30 - 5 p.m.

Paige Pepitone

Paige Pepitone

Study Abroad Program: Middlebury Madrid, Fall 2017
Major: International Relations
Class Year: 2019

Why did I Study Abroad?

I knew I wanted to be immersed in an environment where I could practice my Spanish, so I chose to study abroad in Madrid because I was also very excited about the idea of living in a large city. At first, I found it challenging to navigate living in a different country, speaking a different language, and developing a social network abroad. As time passed though, I fell in love with Madrid and the space it provided me for growth as an individual. I found it incredibly meaningful to engage with individuals from all over the world and learn from their stories. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone considering studying abroad!

On-Campus Activities

Pomona College Writing Center, Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Women's Union

Specific Topics of Interest

Culture shock (while abroad and returning), time management, navigating different conceptions of identity. 

Office Hours

Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Holly Scrugham

Holly Scrugham

Study Abroad Program: American Councils in Dakar, Senegal with Boren Scholarship
Major: Politics and French
Class Year: 2019

Why did I Study Abroad?

I have been studying French since high school and always knew I wanted to study abroad in a Francophone country to immerse myself in the language.  I also wanted to deepen my understanding of West African politics and policy, as I've focused on American Politics at Pomona and was looking to spend a little time studying international relations/foreign affairs.  That being said, the biggest reason I studied abroad was to challenge myself to live in a culture very different from my own.

On-Campus Activities

Mock trial, and I have been involved in ASPC and was a sponsor.

Specific Topics of Interest

Identity abroad as a white, American woman; pre-departure; host family; adjusting to cultural differences

Office Hours

Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.