2013-2014 SIS Student Ambassadors Program
Ashley M. Ferrari
Winner of the Student Ambassadors of the Year Award
In her own words: “As a SiS student ambassador, I would first and foremost promote what a great opportunity and experience it is to study in Spain… I recently spent a four month semester in Valladolid and it was the best time of my life! I became immersed in the language, culture, and history of Spain through classes, travels, and friendships that I will never forget. I believe this firsthand experience and exposure will provide me with the insight and understanding it takes to become a great SiS ambassador. Gracias! Thank you!
Ferrari received the Arthur L. Peterson Leadership Scholarship, The Donald E Byrne Jr. Award for Undergraduate Research, and the Outstanding Student in Spanish Award at Lebanon Valley College's annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
SIS Student Ambassadors Program 2011-2012
“My experience studying abroad was life changing. I immediately fell in love with every single aspect of Spain; the food, the people, the language, and the culture. Upon my return to the US, I cried tears of sadness for having to leave the country I had fallen in love with, and tears of happiness for having had such a wonderful opportunity. Spain taught me so many things about myself, including to relax and enjoy every single moment of life, and to not stress over the little things, "no pasa nada". Little did I know, my journey with Spain and the Spanish language was not yet over.
My experience opened doors to become a SiS student ambassador and then opportunity to continue sharing my passion with my peers. I have truly enjoyed inspiring other students to study in Spain. Since becoming a SiS ambassador I have had the opportunity to see the number of students in Spain increase at my university. I have helped play a part in helping other students realize their dreams of studying abroad and have a life changing experience like I did. Thank you to the SiS program for this wonderful life changing program, and giving me the opportunity to share my passion with others."
Annual Meeting and Student Ambassador Award Presentation
December 18, 2012 - Miami Beach (FL)
This annual event recognizes the Top 10 SiS Student Ambassadors of the Study in Spain program.
Top 10 SiS Student Ambasssadors in 2012 (By alphabetical order):
Kelly Burns - North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Cailtin Cundiff - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Diana Donnarumma - University of Miami, Coral Gables
Ashley Ferrari - Lebanon Valley College, Annville
Nicole Gifford - University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
Diana Gord - Middlebury College, Middlebury
Laura McNamara - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Natalie Roberts -University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chad Roberts & Lauren Palmer - Marian College, Indianapolis
Luna Unnold-Cofre - Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
2010-2011 SIS Student Ambassadors Program
I first fell in love with Spain when I went to Cadiz for a week on a school trip. I immediately felt at home because of the welcoming nature of the Andalucians.
I enjoyed to discover new things about the Spanish culture and mentality of its people. They were so friendly and warm and were delighted to share their culture with us. I became consumed by their Mediterranean style and, especially, pace of life.
I decided that I would like to come back at some point and learn further about Spain; and so I decided to learn Spanish.
Learning Spanish opened the door for me to later go on a study abroad program in Madrid and get to know life in central Spain better. Madrid was not any less lively than the south of Spain and my year long stay there was full of great experiences.
This is only the beginning of my senior year and my position as a student ambassador for SIS. I hope that in this time I will successfully help other students to learn about Spanish culture, so in the end they understand where my love and passion towards Spain comes from, and so they have the opportunity to have their own experience there.
I believe that people that get the opportunity to learn about their culture, don’t regret it and most importantly have a great experience.
2009-2010 SIS Student Ambassadors Program
Saludos! My name is Kenneth Negy, and I have had the privilege of being the Study In Spain Student Ambassador of the Academic year 2009-2010, serving at the University of Central Florida in the city of Orlando. It was an absolutely amazing experience to be able to be able to represent the wonderful country of Spain and to serve as a bridge between the two cultures. Not only was I able to help others improve their Spanish, their knowledge of the Spanish culture, and my experiences with traveling, but I was also able to improve my own leadership and Spanish skills, and develop a profound desire to return to Spain.
I hope that all students everywhere take advantage of any study abroad programs that are offered to them, and that their destination of choice will always be the magnificent country of Spain. ¡¡¡ Viva España!!!
Activities 2009 - 2010
2008-2009 SIS Student Ambassador of the year
Greetings future Student Ambassadors! My name is Kate Bundy, and I was awarded as Student Ambassador of the Year for 2009-2010. I cannot tell you how rewarding this opportunity was to serve as a liaison between the Spanish Embassy and my fellow student body at Kennesaw State University.
The experience allowed me to develop my interpersonal and professional communication skills in both languages, and to create and collaborate in organizing several campus activities promoting Spanish culture. I also got to celebrate my hard work with other fellow Student Ambassadors in the United States at the annual Study in Spain business meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. By being selected as Student Ambassador of the Year, I enjoyed a free trip to Madrid, Spain to further my cultural knowledge and experience in the motherland!
Not only is being a Student Ambassador rewarding intrinsically, but it is great to show future employers or graduate study institutions that you have worked for the Spanish Embassy as a student promoting intercultural relations. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stand out and help others learn more about opportunities to study or work in Spain through Study in Spain!
Her experience in Spain
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