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Peer Advisors


Peer Advisors are available in the Bechtel International Center at various times throughout the week in order to assist students who are interested in education abroad. You may contact IPS Peer Advisors via email or by visiting us in Bechtel. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

*Additionally, if you have studied abroad through Pacific and are interested in becoming a Peer Advisor you may come into the Bechtel International Center, or email ips@pacific.edu. If you are interested in applying for the USAC Ambassador/Lead Peer Advisor position, please follow the link to the Tiger Jobs website to fill out an application.

Below are some of our excellent Peer Advisors from last year.


Peer Advisor LeaderNathan Chau - USAC Ambassador/Lead Peer Advisor 
I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA where my appreciation for cultural differences and exchanges originated. This background motivated me to continue to explore cultures other than my own which I did recently in Pau, France. It was there that I had the most exciting learning opportunities; leaning a new language, culture as well as leaning more about myself. It was more or less a rite a passage that I believe anyone should undergo. I am currently a senior studying Applied Economics and Internal Affairs & Commerce. I am particularly interested international and monetary economics, especially European monetary policy and its effects. 


Peer AdvisorMelissa Davis
I'm a senior in the School of International Studies studying International Relations with a minor in Japanese. I am originally from Tempe, Arizona. I studied abroad Spring Semester 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey and I have also participated in Pacific's Italian Summer Immersion Program. I chose to study in Turkey because I wanted to be in a country and region that I never seen before since I have already traveled in Asia, Europe, and South America. The Middle East was a region I had not been lucky enough to visit. I think education abroad is an amazing experience that everyone should definitely try if they can!


Peer AdvisorGina Garchitorena 
I was born in San Francisco, CA to a Filipino-Basque immigrant father and an American mother of Swedish heritage. I grew up in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood with my parents and older brother. I am a senior with an International Relations major and a minor in Economics. I have studied Spanish, Basque, French, Italian and Dutch.  I spent my junior year abroad in Spain and in the Netherlands. For my first semester abroad,  I studied at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain. I took classes there in Spanish and Basque with regular university students. I stayed with a large and lively host family right next to the city's beloved soccer stadium, Anoeta. I worked for a trilingual news bulletin called EuskalKultura, whose goal was to keep Basque Cultural Centers across the globe connected and informed. I also taught English to disadvantaged high school students. For my second semester abroad, I undertook European Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Hague, Netherlands. I lived in student housing with other international students right next to the city's historic train station. I travelled extensively during my year abroad and visited several cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Florence, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and many more. 

Allison Lardner
I am a Sports Management major with a Business Management minor. At Pacific, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Mortar Board Honor Society, and the Society of National Leaders and Success. I love hanging out with my friends, watching sports, and traveling. I spent a summer in an Italian language immersion program in Assisi, Italy in addition to a semester in Stirling, Scotland through USAC. Both of these experiences were great ways to meet new people and to learn about other cultures. In Scotland, I was a member of the "International Society," which allowed me to meet people from all over the world. Abroad, I had many opportunities to travel. I got to travel to various places in Italy and Spain, all over the United Kingdom, and even as far north as Norway. I got to experience new things, meet people from all over the world, and create some amazing memories. Education abroad is an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone.



Courtney Hudgens   
I am a Development and Cultural Change major with a minor in Anthropology. I'm a transfer student from Sacramento, California, about to begin my final semester at Pacific! I'm an active member in the Global Center and the Council of University Social Entrepreneurs on campus. I love traveling, watching movies, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I studied abroad in Senegal where I worked in Dakar and Saint-Louis for three and a half months with Minnesota Studies' International Development program. Though I was only there for one semester, it was probably one of the most life-changing experiences I have ever had. It was such a different way of living compared to the US. I learned so much about myself and of the Senegalese people from my host families, the new friends I made, and the invaluable experiences that come along with living and breathing a brand new culture for a semester!  Choosing to study abroad in Africa was the best decision I could have made.


Rafael Fernandez   
I'm a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. I am originally from San Jose, California but I have lived most of my life in Stockton, California. My interest in considering a French minor was my motivation for studying abroad in Paris, France. I studied abroad in Paris through the IES Business & International Affairs program. Courses were specially designed by IES and were conducted in private classrooms (although students did have the option of taking courses at the local universities). Studying abroad in Paris was by far the most rewarding and life-changing experience for me. I was lucky enough to make good friends and travel around Europe. You'd be surprised how much there is to see outside the United States. I can assure you, visiting and living in a foreign country are completely different experiences. Education abroad lets you learn so much about other cultures. I have gained and developed many skills and have become a more independent and stronger individual. It has been rewarding in so many ways! I highly recommend keeping an open mind in trying new things while abroad. I would have never seen myself eating snails, but escargot in Paris was surprisingly delicious!


Anna Ortega
I am majoring in International Relations and Spanish. I was born and raised in Stockton, CA and have enjoyed serving my community since I can remember. In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends, go dancing, and watch movies. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain for the 2013 Fall semester and it was the most beautiful, life changing experience I've had. Aside from enjoying and learning about the beautiful city I was living in, I also traveled around Spain and Europe and grasped as much as I could from each culture. I really enjoyed learning about the differences in the cultures from each place I visited, and taking trips, even to countries where I could not understand the language, was a bit scary but it has definitely been the best experience of my life so far.  





Matthew Muller 
I am senior at Pacific majoring in Economics. I am also trying to obtain a self-designed minor in German. My abroad experiences thus far have been in Europe. In 2012 I worked at a children's summer camp in the Black Forest in Germany and last fall I studied at Universität Bern in Switzerland. During these two trips I traveled all over Europe. A few notable places I visited are: London, Amsterdam, Paris, Sardinia and Milan. Of course I traveled across Germany and Switzerland as well. I love being outdoors and enjoyed going snowboarding throughout my stay in Switzerland; which is the best place in the world for winter sports. I am fluent in German and currently studying Spanish. I hope to spend this summer in South America so I can become fluent in Spanish too. My experiences abroad have taught me the importance of understanding what is expected of me in different countries.