Peer Mentors Program

Choosing the right study abroad program or location can be daunting, but we're here to help guide you. In fact, we want you to hear it from students who have been in your shoes! Our Education Abroad Peer Mentors are on the front lines of our outreach efforts and you'll see them tabling around campus, talking in your classes, or providing 1-on-1 support here at our office!

They’ve been where you are before. They explored their options. They made the choice to study abroad. They found the program that aligned with their academic and professional goals. Now they want to share their wisdom with you. Read more about the 2022-2023 Peer Advisors below and come see them at Texas Global on Mon-Fri from 9am to 4pm (Note: no advising appointments are available on Mondays from 1pm to 3pm during Spring semester).

Meet Your Peer Advisors

Anjali Senthilnathan

Anjali Senthilnathan

Hometown: College Station, TX
Major: Neuroscience
Education Abroad Program: Semester Exchange at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden

 

My name is Anjali Senthilnathan and I am a fourth year Neuroscience major / Science Communication minor from College Station, TX! I studied abroad in Uppsala, Sweden for the Spring 2022 semester and I had some of the greatest experiences I could have ever asked for and I learned so much about the world and myself. I’m so excited for the opportunity to help others with their own study abroad experiences!


Bryn Palmer

Bryn Palmer

Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Journalism
Education Abroad Program: Urban Economic Development, May Term in Cape Town, South Africa

 

Hi, my name is Bryn Palmer and I am a third-year journalism student! I studied in Cape Town, South Africa during may Term of 2022. I explored the beautiful landscape, met lifelong friends, and expanded my cultural knowledge. I can’t wait to help students learn more about studying abroad so that they can have the same great experiences that I did!


Daniell Martinez

Daniell Martinez

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Major: International Relations
Education Abroad Program: Semester Exchange at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Hey my name is Daniell and I’m a third year International Relations major from El Paso, Texas. I did the exchange program in Edinburgh, Scotland during the 2022 Spring semester. I can’t wait to meet y’all and guide you on your journey abroad!


Karen Vasquez

Karen Vasquez

Hometown: Donna, TX
Major: Spanish
Education Abroad Program: Language and Culture in Santander, Spain (Faculty-Led Summer Term)

 

I am currently a junior studying Spanish as a major and Portuguese as a minor. I am originally from the Rio Grande Valley and I am so excited to be a peer mentor! During the past summer, I studied abroad in Santander, Spain in a faculty-led program. During my time in Spain, I was able to better my Spanish speaking skills as well as grow as a person and be more secure about my place here at UT. My goal is to help other students achieve their dreams of going abroad and assist students during the application process. My hope is to encourage more students that studying abroad is possible and that Texas Global is here to help for whatever issue may arise.


Max Ruthart

Max Ruthart

Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Major: Government
Education Abroad Program: Summer Affiliate (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

I’m a fourth-year government major and business minor from Fort Worth. Since high school, I’ve wanted to study abroad and I’m so glad I finally did. This past summer I studied Urban Sustainability and Terrorism and Counterterrorism through DIS in Copenhagen. Going abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and is something I would strongly recommend to any UT student. I can’t wait to meet y’all and share my experiences.


Shilpika Pandey

Shilpika Pandey

Hometown: Frisco, TX
Major: Health & Society and Marketing
Education Abroad Program: Summer Exchange at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea

 

I’m a third year double major studying Marketing and Health & Society from Frisco, Texas. I studied abroad Summer 2022 on an exchange program at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. I chose South Korea because I grew up around the culture and wanted to experience it from the source, especially after the popularization of Korean media. One of my favorite memories from abroad was the café and photobooth culture in Korea! I’m excited to help y’all with your study abroad process and ensure that the process is as painless as possible!