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Global Mentors

Global Mentors are RMU students who have studied abroad and are now back on campus. Check out what they have to say about their time abroad and contact them if you’re interested in learning more about their specific study abroad program!


Kylee Schaffer ‘18


Utrecht, Netherlands

“I did research on cartilage tissue engineering for five months through the EuroScholars program. Some of the best parts of the experience were meeting so many new people and traveling around Europe. I learned a lot about other cultures by talking with people I met and by experiencing them firsthand. It was an amazing experience, and I love that I now have friends all over the world!”

Niki Lundberg ‘18

Kansai Gaidai University

Hirakata, Japan

“It was a beautiful spring day in Japan. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom - when the breeze picked up, they’d fall from the trees like snow, covering the paths. My host mother decided that it was the perfect day to visit a local Buddhist shrine, so we went in kimonos together and walked around before heading home for a delicious home-cooked lunch.”

Erin Leonard '18


Athena Abroad
Florence, Italy


Berlin, Germany

"Studying abroad has helped me learn and grow in ways that I never would have been able to by just following the typical regimented schedule of an every day college student. As Americans, we are very fortunate to have an opportunity for an experience abroad. I would not have traded my experience for anything!" 

Katherine Kosenko ‘18

University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland

“Studying abroad was the best experience of my life. Not only was I able to experience the culture of Ireland, but I was able to travel to 10 different countries while I was there. I was able to come out of my comfort zone and meet some amazing people along the way. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else and I’m hoping to travel back to Europe very soon!”

Taylor Borrellli ‘18


Ireland and Northern Ireland

“Getting the opportunity to experience another culture was amazing. My favorite memories from the trip is all the Irish traditions and their history that we were able to experience. I was able to learn about another country's troubles and how they fought to become a country just like the United States did. I think the coolest thing we got to do was see landmarks that are older than America.”


George Dietrich ‘18


Berlin, Germany
“I loved my time abroad.  Germany is such a lovely country to live in; so much history in one area.  Cannot wait to go back there again one day.”

Delaney Hoolahan '18

Griffith College Dublin


Dublin, Ireland

"Taking this time abroad was the most rewarding thing I have done for myself to date.  Not only did I learn so much from Griffith and my professors, but I learned even more on my own as I traveled to 11 different countries!  I will never forget the memories I made and the impact that this trip had on my life."

Dillan Gaydos '19


American Business School of Paris


Paris, France

"My time abroad will always be one of my favorite semester I have had while attending RMU. Getting to spend such a long period of time on my own in a foreign country proved to be a truly remarkable experience. And being there for a full semester allowed me the time to be able to travel and see more of the world than I expected to be able to while in college. Some of the greatest memories I'll ever have were made possible because of my time spent studying abroad!"

Laurel Murray '19


Vira Heinz Scholar




Berlin, Germany

"Thanks to the Vira I. Heinz Program, I was able to intern in Berlin, Germany for during the summer of 2017! I worked for a startup company specializing in Business Intelligence and Start-Up Business Intelligence for high-tech startups working towards creating a more sustainable future. During my travels, I learned more than I ever could have imagined and experienced such a high volume of cultures in a short-amount of time. Because of my experience, I have been inspired to travel the world even more for pleasure and for part of my future career."

Kaitlyn Shipton '19

FHS St. Gallen


St. Gallen, Switzerland

"Studying abroad was an eye-opening experience. I learned to adapt to a new culture and language as well as a unique campus environment. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to broaden my knowledge, make lifelong friends and expand my global, professional network."

Matthew Juergens '19

FHS St. Gallen


St. Gallen, Switzerland

"I was operating under a weird internal tension while studying across the pond. Half of me was a state of fevered rushing to do and see as much as possible. The other half wanted my experiences to be deliberate and authentic to generate lasting value. By the end of my trip, I was in balance and fully enjoying everything that Switzerland and Europe offered. My time abroad equipped me to explore beyond the boundaries of my comfort zone and to do life with more vibrancy and appreciation for all the beauty that exists outside of a campus or hometown. Will I travel more? Absolutely."

Katey Ladika ‘19



Prague, Czech Republic

“While studying abroad in the Czech Republic, I was able to see first-hand pieces of history that most have only read about! The most notable for me was Nicolaus Copernicus's book on the Heliocentric Solar System! On assignment for my Art and Urbanism class, I was able to visit the vast library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague 1. This extensive collection held 250,000 books dating back to the 10th century and was beautifully decorated in an ornate, baroque style! The librarian of the monastery promised a "special treat" at the end of the tour, but I never imaged he would take  Copernicus's book out of climate control and allow me to view it in such close quarters! This was just one of many occupations where I had history at my fingertips and awe in my heart!”

Christianne Sadaka ‘19


Dublin, Ireland

“Going abroad taught me so much about myself. I've always identified as an introvert, but I came home newly aware of how fantastic people can be. I got to meet some really great people - American and from various parts of Europe - and gained a lot of valuable perspective.”


Adelyn Berdine ‘19




Ireland and Northern Ireland

“My time in Ireland was simply incredible. Going into the program, I was nervous because I didn’t know anyone else going on the trip. I quickly made friends that I know will last a lifetime, I was able to experience a gorgeous foreign country, and I became close with the professors on the trip. Making the decision to study abroad has been the best decision that I have made since the start of college.”


Monica McGregor '20




London, England

"Studying abroad opened my eyes to the many similarities and differences between cultures. Although the people I met seemed so different from myself, I was always able to find common ground and made friendships that will last a lifetime. Going abroad made me more independent, intelligent, and inspired."

    If you are a returned study abroad student and are interested in becoming a Global Mentor, contact the CGE for more information.

    Contact the CGE

    Colonial Village #2
    (Teetz Alumni House)




    412.397.4243 phone
    412.397.2510 fax