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Study Abroad Peer Advisors

The Sklenar Center has a study abroad peer advising staff who are knowledgeable about all aspects of the study abroad process from choosing the program that is the right fit for you, to applications, visas, scholarships, packing and dispelling the fears of studying for a summer, semester or year overseas.

All of these students have studied abroad at least one time for a significant period during their studies at BSC. All of these peer advisors have engaged deeply with the many opportunities available through the Krulak Institute and other areas of campus. Study abroad is a significant part of a student's experience at BSC but certainly not the only opportunity. Contact your study abroad peer advisors to learn how you can study abroad and many other opportunities and complete your degree in four years.

Peer Advisors
Sklenar Center Peer Advisors, L-R: Lucy Smart, Dunya Habash, Amy Heldt, Karley Chamblee

Karley Chamblee

"Being abroad generated a deeper appreciation for the diversity of people, cultures, and environment...The experiences and the transitions that occur before, during, and after studying abroad have been some of the most challenging, profound, and beautiful. Taking the opportunity to live and learn in another context, to re-become, is something I will now always encourage others to do."

Karley Chamblee is a Religion major who studied religion and pre-nursing courses in the Republic of Ireland through BSC's partnership with the University of Limerick for the spring semester 2015.

At BSC, Karley is involved in the Harrison Honors program and serves on the Religious Life leadership Team. In addition to a semester abroad in Ireland, Karley contracted a service-learning project over the E-Term in Guatemala through Cross-Cultural Solutions. Karley serves as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor for the Sklenar Center.

Dunya Habash

"Every young person who can study abroad must study abroad. This is not because of the obvious reasons of traveling around the world, meeting new people, and eating delicious food. Study abroad is necessary because it touches you at a much deeper level; you return a wiser individual with the tools and capabilities necessary to reflect thoughtfully on your life and the path you wish to sow moving forward. In essence, you find your place at a time in life when most are still stuck in the cave."

Dunya Habash is a History/Music double major who studied at BSC's exchange partner Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan during the fall semester 2014.

At BSC, Dunya is involved in the Harrison Honors program, the Leadership Studies program and currently serves as the coordinator of International Students for C3 (Cross-cultural committee). Dunya was a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship and the recipient of the Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan. Dunya serves as a study abroad peer advisor for the Sklenar Center.

Amy Heldt

"My year in Hong Kong pushed me to become more independent and confident than I could have imagined. I learned how to order dim sum with a combination of hand gestures and guesswork and to navigate a city of over 7 million people. I also gained some amazing friends. My roommate and I are still in touch almost every day."

Amy Heldt is an Asian Studies Major who studied at BSC's exchange partner Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong during the academic year 2014-15.

At BSC, Amy is involved in 'Southern Ambassadors, Kappa Delta Sorority and the Harrison Honors Program. She has also been a Hess Fellow with the Clinton Foundation for the summer following her year abroad and is currently serving as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor for the Sklenar Center.

Lucy Smart

"Through studying abroad, I forced myself outside of my long-established comfort zone but ended up creating a new type of comfort zone, extended and flexible, that I will hold on to and use throughout my entire life."

Lucy Smart studied global topics in Alicante, Spain through BSC's partnership with CIEE for the spring semester 2015.

At BSC, Lucy is involved in Kappa Delta Sorority and 'Southern Ambassadors. She is currently serving as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor for the Sklenar Center.