Our Team

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LEWIS CARDENAS
Assistant Director of International Partnerships and Special Programs
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How old were you when you went on your first international trip?
Technically, around 1. My mum shipped me off with some aunties to spend a year in Ibague, Colombia.  They eventually shipped me back.

When traveling, what’s your “must-see”?
I enjoy finding quirky hidden gems in any city that I visit. Most recently, I participated in real life Mario Kart through the streets of Tokyo.  I also enjoy visiting wildlife sanctuaries whenever possible.

What do you love about Michigan?
I am a huge fan of Northern Michigan in the summer. The water is still chilly but perfect for a hot summer’s day.  I especially like all the festivals throughout the Mitten, like the Cherry festival, ArtPrize, Taste of Ann Arbor and many more.

 

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Short Course and Special Programs Coordinator
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What has been your favorite travel destination, why?
At the moment, Tasmania, Australia would be my answer. It is an absolutely beautiful region of Australia with the most amazing views. I went on a road trip with a girlfriend, and we pulled the car over so often just to get out and look! Fabulous hiking, the cleanest air, and the nicest people. I highly recommend a trip to Tassie!

Describe your most memorable restaurant experience while traveling.
Not really a full on restaurant, but it involved buying food from someone! Again in Tasmania, my girlfriend and I were on a drive and we saw a sign for Fresh Oysters.  So we followed it, for a long time, and finally came upon Melshell Oysters. We drove up to the food truck next to a beautiful bay, and the owner said that were going to be their last customers for their current season! We bought a dozen oysters, grabbed some lemon slices, and found the most perfect perch overlooking the bay. The sun also came out at that moment for the first time that day. No other oysters will ever taste that good!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist or dolphin trainer! I still get so excited to watch Blue Planet J. This was never going to happen, though – I hated science class!

 

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Program Coordinator

What has been your favorite travel destination, why?
One of my favorites is definitely Sweden. It is a beautiful country, everybody I met was very welcoming and their Fika tradition seems fitting for a coffee lover like me. As a linguist, I also enjoyed studying their language a bit and look for similarities with English and German.

When traveling, what’s your “must-see”?
I like to get a feel of the local culture while also seeing some of the tourist attractions. So, I usually have an agenda that includes landmarks, local markets and time to observe. I also like asking locals about their favorite places to go and then try to experience some of those.

Describe a time when you went outside of your comfort zone while traveling.
I think travel is all about being out of your comfort zone. It means preparing for new places, asking for guidance and getting to know how you handle these kinds of situations. It gets more challenging when you do not speak a lot of the local language and have to rely on your research and sense of direction to make it work.

 

 

12000816_10207656213704438_4316313167986815424_o.jpgNICK SCHRADER
Program Coordinator
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What’s remaining on your travel bucket list?
If we are sticking with typical travel lists, I need to cross off the continents of Africa and Antarctica to have been to all 7.

However, I would love to travel to Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Argentina.

Describe a time when you went outside of your comfort zone while traveling.
I was in Iceland coordinating a First Year Seminar program for MSU students. We visited a shark museum where they let us not only see how they prepared cured, rotten shark for consumption, they also let us …try it. I tend to stay away from foods I haven’t tried before (…I know, I’m learning), but with 30 students there telling me to try it, I couldn’t say name. Hákarl, its name, was truly something I will never forget.

Best way to pack your bag? Roll or fold?
Roll. Always roll. Then stare at it, unpack it, and roll it back up.

 

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AUTHREN ASHTON
Short Course Intern

What has been your favorite travel destination, why?
Costa Rica. Not only because of the rainforest and costal beauty but the love within Costa Rican culture is so unique.

What’s remaining on your travel bucket list?
I want to go somewhere that doesn’t speak English or Spanish (languages I know) as well as travel abroad with my mother.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian and Teacher

 

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RANDY PERKINS
Short Course Summer Steward

Where did you study abroad? Where have you traveled?
I have traveled to Europe, 7 different countries- (France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Vatican City, Luxembourg), the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer, in Michigan?
Hangout with friends, play basketball, workout, travel

Where do you hope to travel to next?
Costa Rica, Brazil, or Spain

Typically, do you over-pack or under-pack on a trip?
Over-pack but still manage to forget something important

 

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ALEXA STECHSCHULTE
Short Course Summer Steward

What are you watching/reading right now?
I’m watching the Office currently and am always watching reruns of Seinfeld. I’m also just starting to read Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

What’s your theme song?
Good Day Sunshine by the Beatles

What’s a favorite memory you have from traveling?
My favorite memory from traveling was a weekend trip I took to Liechtenstein with a few friends during my semester studying abroad in Portugal. I knew nothing about Liechtenstein previous to going (besides that it was small and thus I wanted to go). It was an absolutely amazing weekend full of hiking, looking at gorgeous views of the Alps, listening to bands, watching parades (we happened to be there during a big festival), and making new friends. I would love to go back one day!

 

Snapchat-2192402681MALAHNI NGALLE
Short Course Summer Steward

What’s a favorite memory you have from traveling?
After many years, I’m not sure if I have a favorite, however, I think one of the coolest memories I have ever made was during my solo quest in Germany. It was my first time traveling alone. While I was roaming Munich, I heard music coming from behind me, so as a curious person I followed it. As the music got louder, cars and people approached, marching with signs. I stumbled upon a peaceful protest! I followed the protesters and asked questions. After a few minutes, I saw officers put up a barricade, so I decided it was time for me to go, but the experience was so cool! While walking toward the train station, I stumbled upon a makeshift memorial for Michael Jackson.

Why did you choose MSU for your studies?
As a child who moved a lot, I really wanted to be back in a familiar place for my studies. I also really enjoy traveling, and MSU’s travel abroad program is excellent!

Where do you hope to travel to next?
I would really love to travel to Japan next! I’ve fallen in love with the photos of serene of places like Mount Koya, Nachi Falls, and the Sagano Bamboo Forest.

 

23334400_10210716062952838_7746370717065718739_oKAITLIN LENHARD
Media and Promotion Intern
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When traveling, what’s your “must-see”?
I routinely make a point in my travel plans to go to markets, I just love the atmosphere there! Dependent on the offerings, you typically can see a wide variety of people there and many examples of local culture. My favorites (so far) have been London’s Borough Market and Wellington’s Noodle Night Market.

How old were you when you went on your first international trip?
I was 18 when I went on my first international trip, through MSU’s Freshman Seminar Abroad programs.

What’s remaining on your travel bucket list?
I didn’t grow up with a lot of travel opportunities, so I have loads of traveling I still want to do. I’ve only been to primarily English speaking countries so far, and I’d like to change that. At the top of my list is Peru, Egypt, and Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

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