Meet Our Peer Advisors

Meet Our Peer Advisors

Click on the countries below to see our Peer Advisors who studied abroad in that location

Arianna Duncan

• Peer Advisor •

About

Arianna is a senior at UNC Charlotte working towards finishing her major in communication studies and minor in statistics. She studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia for the fall 2018 term. After her experience abroad she feels obligated to share the benefits of studying abroad and is passionate in encouraging other students to make the decision to study abroad.

  • Major: Communication Studies
  • Minor: Statistics
  • Email: adunca29@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: ISA Melbourne, Australia: Business, Health and Exercise Science & Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Affiliate Provider
  • Program Location: Melbourne, Australia

Andrew Fiorentino

• Peer Advisor •

About

Born and raised in Apex, right outside of Raleigh, NC, Andrew came to UNC Charlotte and fell in love with the city life. He is a senior, double majoring in International Business and Political Science, with a minor in Italian. Andrew always had hopes of pursuing a studying abroad opportunity one day, but wasn't sure where or the process that went into it, he then decided upon and underwent an exchange semester during Spring 2018 at the University of Hong Kong where he had the opportunity to travel to several countries throughout Asia. The following summer, he was accepted into a scholarship program and studied at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Milan and Florence, Italy, and lived with a host family in both cities. Andrew believes that studying abroad can be a tremendous, transformative experience for all college students where they can discover themselves, the world, and their potential, and hopes to carry on that energy with being an OEA Peer Advisor 

  • Major: International Business
  • Minor: Political Science & Italian
  • Email: afioren1@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: UNC Charlotte Exchange: University of Hong Kong (Business)
  • Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange
  • Program Location: Hong Kong, China

*Andrew participated in another program in Italy as well. Check out the Italy heading for more information!

Makenzie Postma

• Peer Advisor •

About

Makenzie has been at UNC Charlotte since 2014 and is currently a senior majoring in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Psychology. She has studied abroad in Costa Rica and El Salvador. 

  • Major: Spanish & Biology
  • Minor: Chemistry & Psychology
  • Email: mpostma@uncc.edu
Program #1 Information
Program #2 Information
  • Program Name: El Salvador: Habitat for Humanity Build
  • Program Type: Summer Faculty-Led Freestanding
  • Program Location: San Salvador & Ahuachapan, El Salvador

Laura Miller

• Senior Peer Advisor •

About

After growing up in Winston-Salem, Laura moved to Charlotte to pursue a triple major in Political Science, French, and International Studies. She is a Senior expecting to graduate in Fall 2019. She spent Spring 2018 in Rennes, France at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes taking courses entirely in French. She also wants to travel to Italy, Morocco, and Russia. As a Senior Peer Advisor, she spreads her passion for studying abroad and France to others.

  • Major: Political Science, French & Business Languages Undergraduate Certificate
  • Email: lmill100@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: ISEP in France - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes, Rennes, ISEP Exchange
  • Program Type: ISEP Exchange
  • Program Location: Rennes, France

Shani Reel

• Peer Advisor •

About

Shani is a junior studying International Business and minoring in French. She was born in Charlotte, NC but has lived in Italy as well. Shani completed a semester abroad in Mannheim, Germany by doing a UNCC Exchange Program. By being a Peer Advisor, Shani hopes to encourage students to study abroad while spreading her passion for traveling.

  • Major: International Business
  • Minor: French
  • Email: sreel1@uncc.edu
Program #1 Information
  • Program Name: UNC Charlotte Exchange: University of Mannheim (Business)
  • Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange
  • Program Location: Mannheim, Germany

Olivia Enscoe

Peer Advisor

About

After spending a semester in Florence, Italy and the summer traveling around Europe, Olivia returned to UNC Charlotte and joined OEA by becoming a peer advisor in August 2018. She is now a Senior Peer Advisor for the Spring 2019 semester. She is a senior majoring in Business Marketing expected to graduate in May 2019. After coming home she quickly realized her new love for traveling and exploration and wanted to incorporate that into her career.

  • Major: Pre-Business
  • Email: oenscoe@uncc.edu
  • Instagram: @Liv_Enscoe
Program Information

Program Name: ISA Florence, Italy: Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts
Program Type: Affiliate Provider
Program Location: Florence, Italy


Andrew Fiorentino

• Peer Advisor •

About

Born and raised in Apex, right outside of Raleigh, NC, Andrew came to UNC Charlotte and fell in love with the city life. He is a senior, double majoring in International Business and Political Science, with a minor in Italian. Andrew always had hopes of pursuing a studying abroad opportunity one day, but wasn't sure where or the process that went into it, he then decided upon and underwent an exchange semester during Spring 2018 at the University of Hong Kong where he had the opportunity to travel to several countries throughout Asia. The following summer, he was accepted into a scholarship program and studied at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Milan and Florence, Italy, and lived with a host family in both cities. Andrew believes that studying abroad can be a tremendous, transformative experience for all college students where they can discover themselves, the world, and their potential, and hopes to carry on that energy with being an OEA Peer Advisor ​

  • Major: International Business
  • Minor: Political Science & Italian
  • Email: afioren1@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: Direct Enrollment Program: Scuola Dante Alighieri
  • Program Type: Direct Enrollment
  • Program Location: Milan, Italy

*Andrew participated in another program in China as well. Check out the China heading for more information!


Thomas McCullough

• Peer Advisor •

About

After a semester abroad in Rome, Italy, Tommy joined the peer advisor program in January 2019. As a Computer Science student concentrating in Cyber Security, his abroad program was unrelated to his major. His interest in Roman History and Italian Culture is what lead him to Rome. He is eager to assist other students in any way he can, including those in majors like his that do not typically find their chance to study abroad.

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Email: tmccull9@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: Lorenzo de' Medici - The Italian International Institute
  • Program Type: Direct Enrollment
  • Program Location: Rome, Italy

Christina Muster

• Peer Advisor •

About

Originally from Winston-Salem, Christina is a Senior at UNC Charlotte and has attended here all four years. She is in the Belk College of Business as a Marketing Analytics major. Christina has a passion for traveling and learning about other cultures which is what interested her in studying abroad. She studied abroad Summer of 2018 in Florence, Italy with the Belk College of Business Summer Study Abroad Program. Attending a faculty-led program, Christina gained a new perspective of other cultures while gaining new friendships. She hopes that by sharing her experience, she will encourage other students to change their life too by studying abroad!

  • Major: Marketing
  • Email: cmuster@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: Italy: Belk College of Business Summer Study Abroad
  • Program Type: Summer Faculty-Led Freestanding
  • Program Location: Florence & Venice, Italy

Bryn Philiotis

• Senior Peer Advisor •

About

A native Chicagoan, Bryn is a double major in Anthropology and Biology and minoring in Italian. Following her study abroad program in the Veneto region of Italy, she found her love for Italy and Italian culture and promptly enrolled in the minor program, then attended a school in Recanati to learn Italian the following summer. Most of all, she wants to encourage other students to study abroad in hopes that it might provide an experience as transformative for them as it has been for her.

  • Major: Biology & Anthropology
  • Minor: Italian
  • Email: bphiliot@uncc.edu
Program Information #1
Program Information #2

Sydney Williams

• Peer Advisor •

About

Sydney is currently an honors student and junior, double majoring in International Business and Hispanic Studies.  She has participated in 2 different study abroad programs as a student at UNC Charlotte. In the Summer of 2018, Sydney went on the Belk College of Business study abroad program in Florence, Italy.  She took international business courses and got to explore different parts of the beautiful country.  In the Fall 2018, Sydney went to study in Salamanca, Spain for the semester.  She loved taking Spanish classes and learning more about the language.  Her greatest joy was living with a host family who made her feel like she was part of the Spanish culture and helped her in her Spanish language and studies.  Sydney traveled around Europe and experienced many cultures first hand.  As a Peer Advisor, she is excited to share her love of studying abroad and hopes to influence students to go abroad and experience what the world has to offer!

  • Major: Spanish & International Business
  • Email: swill356@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: Italy: Belk College of Business Summer Study Abroad
  • Program Type: Summer Faculty-Led Freestanding
  • Program Location: Florence & Venice, Italy

*Sydney participated in another program in Salamanca, Spain. Check out our Spain heading for more information!

Vanessa Lee

• Peer Advisor •

About

Vanessa moved to Charlotte, NC from Hong Kong when she was 12. She is currently a senior at UNCC double majoring in Psychology and Japanese with an Undergraduate Certificate in Translation. Vanessa spent her fall 2018 semester in Nagoya, Japan with an intent to improve her Japanese language proficiency. As a peer advisor, she is excited to speak with those who are interested in going abroad in the future.

  • Major: Psychology & Japanese
  • Email: wlee25@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: ISEP in Japan - Nanzan University, Nagoya, Center for Japanese Studies Program in Japanese, ISEP Exchange
  • Program Type: ISEP Exchange
  • Program Location: Nagoya, Japan

Haley Wheeler

• Senior Peer Advisor •

About

Haley is a junior Biology major and Spanish and Chemistry minor who comes from Summerville, South Carolina. Haley completed the Semester in Spain program, where she studied the Spanish language and culture in Santander, Spain for 3 months. While Spanish speaking countries hold priority for where she wants to travel, Haley also wants to travel to other places like Greece, Thailand, Germany, and many other places around the world. Haley believes that studying abroad is one of the most amazing experiences a student can have and is looking forward to sharing her study abroad story and helping other students find theirs.

  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Email: hwheele8@uncc.edu
Program Information

Sydney Williams

• Peer Advisor •

About

Sydney is currently an honors student and junior, double majoring in International Business and Hispanic Studies.  She has participated in 2 different study abroad programs as a student at UNC Charlotte. In the Summer of 2018, Sydney went on the Belk College of Business study abroad program in Florence, Italy.  She took international business courses and got to explore different parts of the beautiful country.  In the Fall 2018, Sydney went to study in Salamanca, Spain for the semester.  She loved taking Spanish classes and learning more about the language.  Her greatest joy was living with a host family who made her feel like she was part of the Spanish culture and helped her in her Spanish language and studies.  Sydney traveled around Europe and experienced many cultures first hand.  As a Peer Advisor, she is excited to share her love of studying abroad and hopes to influence students to go abroad and experience what the world has to offer!

  • Major: Spanish & International Business
  • Email: swill356@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: AIFS Study Abroad in Salamanca
  • Program Type: Affiliate Provider
  • Program Location: Salamanca, Spain

*Sydney also participated in another program in Italy. Check out our Italy heading for more information!

Sydney Barngrover

• Peer Advisor •

 

About

Sydney is currently a Senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice while on the pre-med track. She is passionate about health/wellness and spirituality, which inspired her to study abroad in a country like Thailand; a country she only ever dreamed of being able to go to. Studying abroad in Thailand this past summer changed her life completely, which motivated her to become a peer advisor and help other students with their amazing journey of studying abroad!

  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Criminal Justice
  • Email: sbarngro@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: USAC Thailand: Southeast Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies
  • Program Type: Affiliate Provider
  • Program Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ashley Meissner

• Peer Advisor •

About

Ashley is a third-year student at UNC Charlotte studying Public Relations and Psychology. In Fall 2018, she studied abroad on an affiliate program in London, England. Having never been outside of the country, Ashley developed a deeper appreciation for cultures outside of the US and was able to visit several countries around the UK, including France, Spain, Germany, and Greece. She is excited to intern for the Office of Education Abroad and looks forward to sharing her study abroad experiences with prospective students. 

  • Major: Communication Studies
  • Email: ameissne@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: AIFS Study Abroad in London
  • Program Type: Affiliate Provider
  • Program Location: London, UK

 

CONTACT A PEER ADVISOR

Study Abroad Peer Advisors are UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad and want to be a resource for students who have questions about what life is like abroad. If you're a UNC Charlotte student who studied abroad and are interested in becoming a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, click here to learn more about the program.

You are more than encouraged to contact any of the Peer Advisors below to ask them questions about their experiences abroad or seek their advice. Peer Advisors' emails are listed below their photo - feel free to shoot them an email. If you hit it off, maybe you both can decide to meet in person!

Note that Peer Advisors can only talk generally regarding OEA or UNC Charlotte processes & policies. Peer Advisors cannot advise on behalf of a host university or program provider, immigration requirements, or any other specific matter that should be addressed by OEA Staff. Peer Advisors are here to share their own experiences; however, prospective students should understand that they may have a different experience than other UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad (even if they are participating on the same program).