2011-2012 Study Abroad Peer Advisors

The Reves Center for International Studies has a number of Peer Advisors who look forward to meeting with students interested in studying abroad. These Advisors are available for appointments and can answer most of your questions, especially those regarding local cultures, academics abroad, staying in touch with friends and family, getting around with local transportation, and applying for a visa or passport. Be prepared to discuss your motivations for studying abroad, your academic status and goals, your professional objectives, and what you hope to gain from a study abroad experience.

The 2011 – 2012 Study Abroad Peer Advisors are:

Aaron Hersum

Aaron is designing his own major which will have an International Relations angle to it. He has traveled to Peru, Turkey, China, and throughout Western Europe. He also spent a year studying in Germany during high school. Aaron advises for Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey and Peru, as well as Sociology and Psychology majors.


Athena Tellis

Athena is a Biology and Classical Studies major who has studied abroad in Seville, Spain and traveled to many other countries. She is a Peer Advisor for Spain (W&M program: Seville), Argentina (W&M program: La Plata), Portugal, Morocco, and India, as well as for Science and Classical Studies majors. She blogged about her study abroad trip at Adventures In Spain.


Caroline Tashjian

Caroline is a senior Anthropology major and French minor from Richmond. She spent her sophomore spring in Adelaide, Australia and traveling all around the great Down Under. She also spent some time in France and Quebec, Canada during high school. Give her a plane ticket and she’ll go anywhere! When Caroline is not busy with academics, she helps lead the W&M Outdoor Club, sings with the Appalachian Music Ensemble, and bakes as many yummy sweets as her friends can eat. And of course she loves to reminisce about her Australia adventures! Caroline advises for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean as well as Anthropology and French language majors.


Elysia Alim

Elysia (’12) is Marketing major who has studied abroad in Beijing, China, and Bath, England. This year she advises for the Asian and African regions as well as Chinese language, Japanese language and Business majors. Elysia has traveled to Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Maldives, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Morocco, and Canada. She blogged about her time in Bath at KI/NE/TIC.


Maryam Kanna

Maryam is an Economics major who has studied abroad in France and spent seven years living in the Middle East. She would love to study abroad again in the future in a different francophone country or the United Kingdom. Maryam advises for France, Italy and all countries of the Middle East, as well as French language and Economics majors.


Molly MacPherson

Molly MacPherson ’12 is an English major and Art History minor. Out of the nearly 40 countries to which she’s  traveled her favorites include Chile for Torres del Paine and skiing on volcanoes, South Africa for beach “braais” and Southern-Wright whales, and Sri Lanka for tea plantations and Unawatuna. Molly advises for the UK as well as Central and South America, excluding Peru and Argentina, as well as English and Art History majors.

Do you have questions regarding study abroad programs? Want more information about requirements and past student experiences? Email the Reves Center Peer Advisors at peeradvisors@wm.edu. Please include information regarding the programs or countries for which you have questions so the appropriate Advisor can respond to your inquiry.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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