Gabriella is a junior majoring in international studies and business administration with a minor in Spanish.
Where are you from?
I’m from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Have you ever traveled abroad?
This past summer I spent five weeks studying abroad in Valencia, Spain! It was an amazing opportunity where I lived with a host family and attended classes with other NC State students. Our weekend excursions allowed us to see other Spanish cities, such as Peñíscola, Córdoba, Granada, and Barcelona. This full immersion program improved my Spanish as well as taught me how to live outside of my comfort zone.
In your opinion, what is the best way for students to engage globally at NC State?
In my opinion, the best way for students to engage globally at NC State is to get involved. We offer over 400 clubs and organizations, many of which have a global focus. Any of NC State’s language clubs are a great way to learn about another language, its culture, and meet new people on campus that share an interest in that language. In addition to language clubs, dance, sports, and culture clubs can introduce you to the world that exists outside of our country, all from the comfort of our campus.
Besides being a Global Ambassador, are you involved with any student organizations, work opportunities or volunteering that have a strong international focus?
Yes, – freshman year I started my on-campus job in Passport Services, an office within the Office of Global Engagement. This work opportunity has allowed me to meet other students going abroad, staff renewing their passports, and many families in the Raleigh community preparing for travel. This job has helped strengthen my connection to the global community at NC State and I am very thankful for that. I am a member of the Spanish Club and the Cultural Exchange Network, two groups that have allowed me to create friendships with many of our international students. I am also working towards the Global Perspectives Certificate, a certificate that combines coursework with co-curricular and volunteer experiences in order to recognize students for their internationally focused studies and involvement.
Why did you want to become a Global Ambassador?
Over my past two years at NC State, I have been involved with the global community in various ways. Upon learning about the new Global Ambassadors program, I knew that it would be the perfect opportunity for me to apply all that I have experienced thus far. The program’s focus on leadership was a key aspect that drew my attention. I wanted to become a Global Ambassador because I knew that pursuing a role that promotes cultural understanding and campus internationalization would have a positive global impact on domestic students, international students, and myself.
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