Meet the EAPAs!

Education Abroad Peer Advisors

Education Abroad Peer Advisors (EAPAs) are Babson students who have studied abroad for an academic year, semester, or summer. They are here to offer peer advice and answer any questions you have while searching for a program, while you’re preparing to go, while you’re abroad, and even after you’ve returned to campus.

Derek Chu ’19

Derek Chu ’19

Semester Abroad: Hong Kong Baptist University

Academic Interest: Finance
Hobbies: Basketball, hiking, eating
Favorite Course Abroad: Dream Interpretation for Personal Growth
Favorite Food Abroad: Xiaolongbao (soup dumpling)

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
done a better job of recording my experience there through photographs and other mediums, as my time abroad passed by quickly.

You should go abroad because ...
you want to experience new cultures, learn from different perspectives, and want to get out of your comfort zone.

Aidan Dennis ’19

Aidan Dennis ’19

Semester Abroad: IES Emerging Economies: Buenos Aires and Santiago
Elective Abroad: Social Responsibility in Thailand and Laos

Academic Interest: Global business management, social and cultural studies
Hobbies: Traveling, writing
Favorite Course Abroad: Sustainability and Business in Chile
Favorite Food Abroad: Empanadas

During a typical day abroad I ...
walked throughout the city, ate 11 peso (.25 USD) empanadas and did homework in a new café with the rest of my classmates.

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
worked on my language skills a little more!

Contact me about:

  • Scholarships to study abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Being abroad as a student of color
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Catherine Fan ’19

Catherine Fan ’19

Semester Abroad: CIEE Arts and Sciences in Legon, Ghana

Academic Interest: Economics
Hobbies: Watching movies, debating, traveling
Favorite Course Abroad: Strategies of African Development
Favorite Food Abroad: Fufu

During a typical day abroad I ...
walked more than two miles on campus.

You should go abroad because ...
you will be able to take many courses in certain areas that Babson does not offer, and you can finally drink legally.

Contact me about:

  • Budgeting for study abroad
Zoe Feng ’19

Zoe Feng ’19

Semester Abroad: University of Sydney (Arcadia)
Summer Abroad: DIS Copenhagen
Elective Abroad: Paris Start-Up Strategy

Academic Interest: Finance, consulting, entrepreneurship
Hobbies: Surfing, good music, books, and movies
Favorite Course Abroad: Alternative Investment
Favorite Food Abroad: Açai and poké bowls

During a typical day abroad I ...
start my day with good coffee, go to classes/go surfing (when in Australia)/go explore the city (when in Denmark and France) during the day, hang out with friends, then do homework and study in the evening.

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
been more open, tried more new things, and made more new memories with new friends.

Contact me about:

  • Interning abroad
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Erin Jozwiak ’19

Erin Jozwiak ’19

Semester Abroad: Arcadia in Rome, Italy
Elective Abroad: Postmodernism: Future Culture (Dubai)

Academic Interest: Management, marketing
Hobbies: Country music, Buffalo sports, concerts, trying new restaurants
Favorite Course Abroad: EU Political History
Favorite Food Abroad: Cacio e pepe

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
budgeted better!

You should go abroad because ...
it allows you to push outside your comfort zone, meet people who are different from you and help you see a whole new perspective, and grow your global mindset!

Contact me about:

  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Community service abroad
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Cole Kraus ’19

Cole Kraus ’19

Semesters Abroad: Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy; API in Budapest, Hungary

Academic Interest: International business and growth strategy
Hobbies: Cycling, swimming, anything outdoors, travel
Favorite Course Abroad: Business Environment in Russia & International Debate
Favorite Food Abroad: Xiao Long Bao and Langos

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
spent more time getting to know my host country, rather than trying to experience an entire continent in a single semester.

You should go abroad because ...
it’s important to experience a perspective other than what you’re used to. It also opens up new personal and professional opportunities.

Contact me about:

  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Hailey Lee ’19

Hailey Lee ’19

Semester Abroad: IES Abroad, Paris

Academic Interest: Business analytics and economics
Hobbies: Traveling, photography, foodie-ing
Favorite Course Abroad: Art, Design and Fashion
Favorite Food Abroad: Goulash

During a typical day abroad I ...
went to school, picked up a baguette sandwich for lunch, occasionally did a patisserie run or explored the neighborhood, and was served a delicious dinner by my host mother.

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
learned French more beforehand!

Contact me about:

  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Practicing faith abroad
Lauren Mariano ’19

Lauren Mariano ’19

Semester Abroad: Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy

Academic Interest: Global business management
Hobbies: Squash, guitar, podcasts
Favorite Course Abroad: Russian History and Literature
Favorite Food Abroad: Noodles in Beijing

During a typical day abroad I ...
was either writing an essay, visiting a religious site, or exploring unfamiliar territory.

You should go abroad because ...
travel is an opportunity for growth.

Contact me about:

  • Budgeting for study abroad
Natalie Oakes ’21

Natalie Oakes ’21

Summer Abroad: Sydney Internship

Academic Interest: Accounting, legal studies, and international business
Hobbies: Skiing, reading, hiking, and traveling
Favorite Course Abroad: Nations (Aboriginal History)
Favorite Food Abroad: Lamingtons

During a typical day abroad I ...
would go to my internship, and afterwards I would explore different suburbs nearby. Other days I would go for walks to see tourist attractions and markets.

You should go abroad because ...
You will learn how to be independent and see many great things!

Contact me about:

  • Interning abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Practicing faith abroad
Monika Rodiqi ’19

Monika Rodiqi ’19

Semesters Abroad: Singapore Management University; CIEE Lisbon

Academic Interest: Entrepreneurship, marketing
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring, photography
Favorite Course Abroad: Portuguese and Brazilian Cinema
Favorite Food Abroad: Kaya toast and kopi peng (Singaporean breakfast)

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
gotten more involved in the local startup and creative communities.

You should go abroad because ...
it adds to the way you see your life and the world.

Contact me about:

  • Interning abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Community service abroad
  • International students abroad
  • Internship recruiting while abroad
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Debora Queiroz Sena ’19

Debora Queiroz Sena ’19

Semester Abroad: Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy; IE University

Academic Interest: Finance
Hobbies: Reading, weight lifting, house/techno concerts, visiting museums, traveling, and couchsurfing
Favorite Course Abroad: India: World Religion, Ideologies, and Society
Favorite Food Abroad: Paella

During a typical day abroad I ...
would go to class, study a little bit, have a meal (lunch or dinner) with friends at a new restaurant or at their place, exercise, do some homework, talk to friends and family back home, and sleep :)

You should go abroad because ...
if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, you will come back as a better person. You will be more mature, independent, culturally aware, and more intelligent!

Contact me about:

  • Scholarships to study abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • How to align goals with study abroad options
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Ian Shepardson ’19

Ian Shepardson ’19

Semester Abroad: IES Abroad, Berlin

Academic Interest: Entrepreneurship and IT
Hobbies: Music, sports (mostly football), and hanging out with friends
Favorite Course Abroad: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: The Impacts of Pop Culture on the Modern Metropolis
Favorite Food Abroad: Goulash and spaetzle

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
spoken better German. I did get to learn a bit of German while abroad, but I didn’t know any going in. Everyone in Berlin spoke English so that wasn’t a big issue, but it would’ve been very cool to be able to speak to some of the people in their native language.

You should go abroad because ...
it opens you up to new experiences and forces you to venture outside of your comfort zone. I now have a totally different perspective of the world after going abroad, and now I want to keep traveling throughout my life.

Contact me about:

  • Scholarships to study abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Community service abroad
  • Practicing faith abroad
  • Babson athletes abroad
Tiffany Shum ’19

Tiffany Shum ’19

Semesters Abroad: CIEE Business & Culture in Shanghai; Syracuse University in Florence

Academic Interest: Retail supply chain management
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, watching kdramas/cdramas, finding the best boba spots
Favorite Course Abroad: Italian Mafia
Favorite Food Abroad: Tubetti e piselli (pasta and peas)

During a typical day abroad I ...
I would have language classes in the morning, have lunch at the school’s cafeteria, finish off another class, and then go off to language tutoring in the evening. After dinner, I would do homework in the student lounge.

You should go abroad because ...
this is truly a life-changing experience—you learn, grow, and really develop yourself as an individual and become more aware of the different cultures around you.

Contact me about:

  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Community service abroad
  • Practicing faith abroad
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Lee Smith ’19

Lee Smith ’19

Academic Year Abroad: Waseda University
Short-Term Program Abroad: International Consulting Experience in Argentina

Academic Interest: Business law
Hobbies: Camping, kayaking, hiking, and gaming
Favorite Course Abroad: Takeda Case Study
Favorite Food Abroad: Momiji manju

During a typical day abroad I ...
walked to classes past my local shrine. In the afternoon, I spent time with my orienteering circle and then worked on homework or spent time with friends.

You should go abroad because ...
your view of yourself and the world will change.

Contact me about:

  • Interning abroad
  • Scholarships to study abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad
  • Joining clubs abroad
  • Completing multiple programs abroad
Taylor Thorbahn ’19

Taylor Thorbahn ’19

Summer Abroad: CIEE Language and Culture in Barcelona

Academic Interest: Entrepreneurship and marketing
Hobbies: Lacrosse, SAAC, hanging out with friends, and traveling
Favorite Course Abroad: Urban Contemporary Culture
Favorite Food Abroad: Patatas bravas

During a typical day abroad I ...
went to class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., explored the city after class with friends, took a siesta, and then went to dinner with friends.

You should go abroad because ...
it broadens your horizons and changes your perspective about the world.

Contact me about:

  • Babson athletes abroad
Celine Vu ’19

Celine Vu ’19

Semester Abroad: Hong Kong Baptist University

Academic Interest: Finance and business analytics
Hobbies: Traveling, photography, food
Favorite Course Abroad: Creative Industries
Favorite Food Abroad: Dim sum

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
spaced out my different weekend trips more in order to spend more time with other exchange students.

You should go abroad because ...
it teaches you responsibility, organization, independence, and how to deal with ambiguity through a global lens. Through immersing yourself in the culture, study abroad allows you to open your mind and learn about the world and what it has to offer, which is something you wouldn’t necessarily be able to do while at Babson.

Austin Yang ’19

Austin Yang ’19

Semester Abroad: Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy
Elective Abroad: London Elective Abroad

Academic Interest: Strategic management
Hobbies: Cars, snowboarding, good food, and enjoying some good old company with friends
Favorite Course Abroad: Business Environment In Russia
Favorite Food Abroad: Yang’s Dumplings in one hand and GongCha in the other hand

During a typical day abroad I ...
would either walk to class through Saint Petersburg, ride my MoBike across Shanghai to get to class, or be on the way to a new Gurudwara. Everyday was a new sight and a new experience all over again.

While I was abroad, I wish I had ...
recorded and saved more visual stories of the experiences I shared with my peers.

You should go abroad because ...
the world you know and understand is so limited when you persist within your own familiar boundaries. Let your curiosity take you to places that challenge yourself in ways you’ve never experienced. Every experience is different. Let your story inspire you to take challenges beyond that of studying abroad in a different country.

Contact me about:

  • Scholarships to study abroad
  • Budgeting for study abroad