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Faces of Discover Abroad: Student Ambassadors

Faces of Discover Abroad: Student Ambassadors


Christian Baumgarth

Junior, Economics

Program: 2016 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand

Hometown: Johns Creek, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Cross Country, playing ultimate frisbee with friends, attending Catholic Center events, watching Netflix (especially comedy specials).

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: My favorite memory from my trip was getting to see the orca whales off the Kaikoura Coast in New Zealand. We were only supposed to be swimming with dolphins that day, but we found the whales on the way out and followed them for a bit. It was really cool because they got right up next to out boat!

Why Discover Abroad: My Discover Abroad program allowed me to travel to some of the most beautiful locations in the world while learning about the sustainable practices they use to ensure everybody in the future has the chance to experience these things as well.


Maddy Brehmer

Senior, Biology and Psychology

Program: 2015 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand and Fiji Add-on

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Travel, spend time with friends, hike, cook, and watch really good movies

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: Swimming with 100+ dolphins in Kaikoura, New Zealand when I cried because I was so happy

Why Discover Abroad: Discover Abroad does an amazing job of integrating you into the culture of the places you get to visit. At every new part of the country we went to we were greeted and guided by people who have lived there for years and whose stories touched my life. Discover Abroad gave me the opportunity to visit places that I could have never imagined even some places that almost no one else gets a chance to experience. This is a well established program and they not only listen to your feedback but they are great about making changes to create the best experience for the students. The best part of the program I went on is that it offers something for students in almost every major, which is so unique. The professors were amazing and obviously loved the countries and what we were learning as much as we did, which made the trip that much better. The program is incredible and so unique compared to other study abroad programs because they care so much about enriching each student’s experience.

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Emily Goldstein

Junior, Marketing

Program: 2016 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand with Fiji Add-On

Hometown: Norcross, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Scuba diving, hiking, binge-watching Netflix, adult coloring books, abstract painting, visiting family, camping

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: My favorite Discover Abroad memory was swimming with wild dolphins in Kaikoura! The field guides said we probably would not see any dolphins that day due to the weather, and we were already beginning to take off our wetsuits when they yelled we were going in the water! I could barely breathe in my full body wetsuit and the water was indescribably cold, but we kept screaming dolphin noises through our snorkels and finally the Dusky Dolphins showed up! There were so many swimming all around us—it was the most amazing experience of my entire life

Why Discover Abroad: Discover Abroad offers extraordinary experiences in which you form friendships that last a lifetime. You become fully immersed in amazing cultures from the other side of the world, some of which you would never have the chance to be a part of without Discover Abroad. Through Discover Abroad, I have made memories and had experiences that I could never forget; and furthermore, I formed wonderful relationships with everyone in my cohort and the teachers too! I have never made a better decision in my life!

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Hannah Grogan

Senior, Health Promotion

Program: 2016 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand

Hometown: Cumming, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Traveling, going out to eat, hanging out with friends, watching movies, going to country concerts

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: I was amazed every day of the trip, so it’s hard to pick one memory! I would have to say scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island. This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I hope to go back again some day!

Why Discover Abroad: I always knew I wanted to study abroad, but if I was going to pay money to study in another country, I wanted to be able to travel and explore – not sit in a classroom all day. Discover Abroad allowed me the opportunity to participate in active learning, and I was able to learn by immersing myself in the culture rather than spending every day in a stuffy lecture hall.


Tiffany Linke

Senior, Marketing

Program: 2016 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand

Hometown: Norcross, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Hang out with friends, I am a wannabe wine connoisseur, attempting to teach myself hand lettering (TBD)

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: Being able to interact and touch a real live koala, and, on top of that, actually seeing a koala in the wild at the National Park in Noosa!

Why Discover Abroad: Discover Abroad isn’t your typical “study abroad” program. You are in a country that you more than likely have never been to, with a group of people you have never met before. Over a short period of time you gain relationships, experiences, and a new perspective of the world. The coolest part of this program is the integration of learning and activities—at one point of my trip the Great Barrier Reef was literally my classroom!

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Leigh Peters

Sophomore, Finance

Program: 2015 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Travel, play tennis, go hiking, watch UGA football and Braves games, hangout with family and friends

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: It’s so hard to pick just one! One of my favorites was on Lady Elliot Island when our whole group would go to the end of the island every night to watch the sunset. Being there with everyone and feeling to small compared to the ocean and sun around me was a truly unforgettable feeling.

Why Discover Abroad: Going on my Discover Abroad trip was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Discover Abroad does an amazing job planning every detail and preparing for the trip, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing what to bring or how you are going to be getting around; it is very well organized. Their programs are the perfect combination of learning and exploration. Your professors genuinely care about you and want you to have the absolute best experience possible. You will never see so many amazing places and do so many incredible things in such a short period of time. Discover Abroad allows you to get to know a diverse group of students that have similar academic interests, and gain friends that you’ll have for a lifetime. The Discover Abroad experience is one like no other, and the best you could ask for.

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Katherine Peterson

Sophomore, Sociology and Women’s Studies

Program: 2016 Wildlife Conservation in Botswana and Southern Africa

Hometown: Roswell, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: Rugby, playing with my dog, cooking, Netflix

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory:  During one afternoon drive, my group ran into a heard of elephants crossing the road. While the elephants in our region were fairly docile and used to humans, there were the occasional incidents when they got upset. This seemed as if it was going to be one of those incidents: a young female elephant began to approach the car with her ears out — a sign that she was unhappy. As she approached, and older female walked to her and intersected her, as if to say, “These people are all right. They won’t hurt you.” It was an extremely moving moment, and it brought almost everyone in the car to tears. It showed us that we can live in harmony with nature, which was one of the goals of the trip. Overall, it was an amazing moment that I doubt I will ever experience again.

Why Discover Abroad: Discover abroad is great because it allows people the opportunity to experience moments like I did. No other program at UGA is as immersive as DA. When you go on a DA trip, you really feel like you become part of the culture, as opposed to just visiting. I also loved it because it is much more travel based, and you get the opportunity to do things that would be otherwise extremely difficult. I, for instance, had the opportunity to live in a tent amongst animals and go horseback riding through the African bush. These are just some of the amazing things you could do if you decided to study through Discover Abroad.


Megan Reeves

Junior, Communication Studies

Program: 2016 Maymester in Australia and New Zealand

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

My Favorite Things to Do: You can most likely find me hiking, swimming in a lake, adventuring with friends, going to concerts, hanging with my family, creating Spotify playlists, watching Jimmy Fallon, crushing on Justin Timberlake, eating peppermint ice cream, or just living life!

My Favorite Discover Abroad Memory: My favorite Discover Abroad memory has to be spontaneous paragliding during our free day in Queenstown, New Zealand. We hiked a little way up a trail, with our guides, to a mountain’s edge. There the two guides told us the basic instructions, and just like that I was strapped into the parachute with my guide, George, ready to take off. We ran off the mountain and before I knew it the wind took us up in one gust of a motion and we were soaring. It took a few moments for me to realize that there was nothing holding me up beside the wind, and that I had we were practically freefalling. Although it might sound terrifying, I will say I have never felt more peaceful in my life. Soaring up above was incredible. Truly it was breathtaking, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. For me that adventure was one I will never forget because I took a leap of faith (literally off a mountain), and was able to feel completely free while floating through the air.

Why Discover Abroad: Discover Abroad truly changed my life. Yes, that may sound cheesy, but it is 100% true. It was not just the experience abroad that was amazing, but it was the family that was created out of my Yellow Cohort. I had never been out of the country before, and a big reason I came to UGA was to save money to study abroad. Now to look back at the experience, and realized my dream happened is crazy to me. I cannot thank Discover Abroad enough for a truly incredible program that allowed me to experience the world in a new light, and introduce me to friends that I will have forever.