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Study Away Ambassadors

Our office is excited to introduce our Study Away Ambassadors for this year! Our Study Away Ambassadors are a select group of students who have recently returned from studying away, and are excited to share their experience and offer advice to their peers interested in doing the same. 

Have you ever wanted to hear a William's student perspective on studying away and ask questions about their experience? Or have you ever wanted to speak with one of your fellow peers who went on a specific program/to a certain location that you are interested in? If so, feel free to reach out and speak with one of our Ambassadors below! 

Applying to be a Future Study Away Ambassador: 

Have you recently returned from studying away and are interested in sharing your experience with others? If so, apply to be an Ambassador for our office! There are many ways Study Away Ambassadors can play a vital part in promoting study away on campus through channels such as information sessions, social media, student alumni panels, pre-departure meetings, and more. By being an Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to help and encourage your peers to study away, which can be such a rewarding experience while also being a great resume booster as well. 

The Study Away Ambassador position is a volunteer position with extremely flexible hours based on your availability. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please be on the lookout for an email with instructions on how to apply the semester after you return from studying away.

Please also feel free to contact with any questions regarding the Study Away Ambassador Program. 

Study Away Ambassadors for Spring 2022: 
Sarah Gantt

I am an Art History and English major with a French concentration--thanks to study abroad credits! Since my freshman year, I've worked as a student assistant in the Art Department's Visual Resources Center. I am a coxswain on the Williams Women's Crew team, Co Small Group Coordinator of Williams Christian Fellowship, Editor-in-Chief of The Williams Telos, and Secretary of Ephs at the Clark. In fall 2021, I studied in Paris, France with Middlebury College's program. I chose this program for its academic rigor and the students' commitment to speaking French at all times. I took three courses with other Middlebury program undergraduate and masters students, and I took two art history courses at Sorbonne University (Paris IV). I enjoyed getting a taste of the French university system while remaining grounded in a liberal arts education. My time in Paris gave me direction for my remaining years at Williams and post-graduate plans. I recommend finding a study away program that fits your needs--I guarantee the experience will help you see Williams with fresh eyes.

Ruby Gary 

I am a Comparative Literature major and a Public Health concentrator here at Williams. On campus, I am on the Ultimate Frisbee team and am in the Ephlats a capella group, and I work at Log Lunch and am a Hopkins Forest Educator. I studied away in Rabat, Morocco during the Fall 2021 semester with the AMIDEAST Regional Studies in French Program. Studying abroad seemed like the best way to dive back into language study after taking a break after high school, so I knew that with my semester I wanted to try a French immersion program. I chose this program in Morocco because I wanted to learn French in a country outside of mainland France, giving me the opportunity to see in practice themes of translation and multiculturalism I had only ever studied in the classroom. I had a semester full of pretty incredible experiences, having the freedom to travel independently all around the country. Beyond those more picturesque adventures (like climbing North Africa’s tallest mountain!!) however, the most meaningful part of my semester was my day to day communicating in French and Arabic. My semester abroad ended up without a lot of structure in a way that was both nerve wracking and a gift! For students thinking of studying abroad, I would recommend thinking about how you would move through a more open semester: even if you are taking classes in your major, the semester has the potential to offer so much beyond coursework, and approaching that with flexibility and excitement will allow you to take advantage of it all!

Maya Jamroz

I studied away in Copenhagen through DIS in fall 2021. I'm a Political Science and History double major with a concentration in Leadership Studies. In addition to being a Study Away Ambassador at Williams, also I play on the Women's Tennis team, serve on the Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC), and am an Ephvotes liaison. I chose the DIS program because of its emphasis on immersive learning experiences and travel. All my DIS classes had field study components—my European politics course traveled to Brussels (EU headquarters), and my Military History of WWII course traveled to Normandy. My study abroad experiences allowed me the unique opportunity to learn about European politics and history from a European perspective, which I would not have gotten at Williams.
Studying away in Copenhagen was hands-down one of the best experiences of my life! I formed lifelong friendships, had incredible immersive learning experiences, traveled extensively, and grew so much as a person. After suffering from burnout during my sophomore spring semester, studying away was exactly what I needed. It made me reappreciate Williams and got me excited about learning again. When I was in the process of looking at study away programs, talking to Williams students about their programs and experiences helped me get a better sense of which program I wanted to do and got me really excited about studying abroad. I know our time at Williams is precious and fleeting, but I want to encourage students to venture outside the purple bubble and study away because it truly enhances one's Williams experience. 

Ken Morotomi

Hello! My name is Ken and I spent Fall 2021 and Winter Study 2022 studying abroad at the University of Graz in Austria. I chose this program because I wanted to experience living independently in a city, and I thought that studying at an Austrian University would help me improve my German. At Williams, I major in Economics and German, with a concentration in Global Studies. Outside of the classroom, I am a member of an acapella group (The Springstreeters) and I also play soccer with the club team. During my semester abroad I enjoyed running, hiking, and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Austria, and I also enjoyed cooking and spending time with friends. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to meet new people and to experience new things. Try, as much as possible, to get out of your comfort zone, as it will help broaden your perspectives!

Matt Wisotsky

Hello everyone! I am very excited to be serving as one of the Study Away ambassadors. I am a music & math major from Mendham, NJ. At Williams, I am involved in many music ensembles, including Berkshire Symphony, chamber music, Cap & Bells productions, and I/O New Music. I am also treasurer of Jazz@Williams and part of the math/stat mentor program. I studied away at the IES Vienna music program in the fall 2021 semester. I chose the program based mostly on the academic & musical offerings as well as the fact that it was intended for English-speaking students, as I did not speak any German before going. I also wanted to get out of my comfort zone by choosing a culture I was not very familiar with. My time studying in Vienna allowed me to explore the world outside of the isolated Berkshire community, and to live and study in a completely new environment. The experience was also a chance to intensively study music in one of the most artistically rich cities in the world. It is difficult to pick just one favorite memory, but some of the highlights included seeing an opera at the Vienna opera house and visiting the famous Christmas markets. For anyone considering study away, my advice would be not to let doubts dissuade you from doing it. Studying away is certainly challenging at times, but it is also immensely rewarding and provides a great opportunity for personal growth, and Williams makes sure you feel supported from home while you are away.

Meredith Wolf

Hi! I’m Meredith, and I’m a junior and a Computer Science (CS) major. I studied away at AIT Budapest in Fall 2021. This program is oriented towards CS majors, so I chose it because it gave me a way to continue earning credit towards my major while also having a traditional study abroad experience. On campus, I’m a CS TA and I do theater with Cap & Bells. Studying away is such a unique opportunity to travel the world. From my study away experience, I gained lifelong friends, and more independence and confidence. I also improved my programming skills, so there are still opportunities to be studious for those who want it. My favorite memories are traveling around Hungary and Europe on the weekends, exploring new places. For anyone considering studying away, I would strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity while you can. I would definitely spend some time thinking about what living situation you would like - whether that is an apartment, dorm, or a home-stay, and whether you want a more immersive program or a program where everyone speaks English. There are so many different programs out there, so everyone is sure to find a good fit!