I am a double major in tourism destination management and Spanish, and this is my junior year at Niagara. I am a lead community advisor for Residence Life, an NUB peer mentor, an overnight visit host for prospective students, and a Spanish tutor in the Office of Academic Support. I am also involved in Bienvenidos, the American Sign Language Club, iLead, NU Goes Green, and whatever admissions events I can be a part of! I also help out with the women's Division I volleyball team, and I am on the team that dresses as our mascot, Monte, at games and events.
I volunteered to be a peer mentor because when I studied abroad in Peru, I saw first hand what it is like to be alone and a little bit lost in a place that is nothing like home. There are so many changes and there is so much to learn and that becomes a lot easier and a lot more comfortable when you have someone to count on who can help you when you need it. The friends I made in Peru made it really easy to fall in love with the country, and I hope that I can help someone fall in love with Niagara just as much.
I am also just really interested in the world and other cultures and languages, so this is a perfect opportunity to learn from our international students as they are simultaneously learning from us. We are so lucky to have so many insights and influences brought to us from all over the world, and we should take advantage of the chance to open our minds to all that they offer.
Finally, Niagara is my home, and I want it to be their home too! Studying abroad was by far the most humbling and enriching experience of my life, and I only hope that the international students that visit us say the same thing after leaving Niagara.
As an international student, if you would like to be connected with peer mentors like me, please send email to the International Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org! Also, stay updated on the latest activities for international students and peer mentors by hitting "Like" for the NU International Students Facebook page!