Education Abroad Ambassadors

Grace Logan 

Grace Logan

I’m a senior studying marketing. I am from Rhode Island and competed on the gymnastics team my freshman year. I have always had a strong passion for traveling so I chose to do the fall semester of my junior year in Madrid, Spain. I decided to go on this trip alone to be able to get the most of my experience abroad. Traveling alone allowed me to make friends with many different people from around the world who I consider my closest friends. Once I got to Madrid, I was able to spend my weekends traveling around Europe. I felt that semester I gained so much independence and became a more responsible person. After coming back from Madrid, I only wanted to travel more. I hope to be able to return, visit the friends I made, and see much more.


Lauryn Boudreaux 

Lauryn Boudreaux

I am a senior majoring in communications and am involved in the singing organization Voices. I came to BGSU as a junior and knew that the first step I wanted to take was to find an amazing abroad experience that would open my eyes to the rest of the world. I had the opportunity to travel to Morocco, North Africa, for three weeks during the winter session. While I was in Morocco, I was studying music and healing of the North African culture. One of my favorite experiences while in Morocco was being able to live with a homestay family. Instead of sleeping in hotels, we were able to connect with the real Moroccan culture. Every moment that I spent in Morocco has made me more excited about my future travels and the opportunities to see what else I can learn from different cultures.


Max Pigza 

Max Pigza

I'm in my fourth year here at BGSU, finishing up my majors in accounting and finance. After growing up in rural Ohio, I have always wanted to explore the world and see what it has to offer. So, for my third year of college I decided to study abroad at the EM Strasbourg Business School in Strasbourg, France. This program allowed me to study for both fall and spring semesters while pursuing a bachelor degree in European Management. After spending almost a full year abroad, I can say it was the best time of my life with people from all around the world whom I now call close friends. During my time, I was able to travel to 25 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. This experience has changed me into a different person, making me much more confident and mature, while having a better understanding of the world. Once I came back to Ohio, I started planning my next trips to see more of the world and the friends I have met along the way.


Meghan Dobbins 

Meghan Dobbins

I am from Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up with a family who traveled every year. I went to a small school that took us camping 2-3 times per year which lead to my love of exploring the outdoors and going on adventures both locally and internationally. I studied abroad in Florianopolis, Brazil, during the spring 2020 semester and got to explore four different states before having to come back home. I cannot wait to share my experiences and crazy stories with students who are thinking about studying abroad and helping them on their journeys across the world.


Shelby Castle 

Shelby Castle

I am a senior at BGSU studying World Language Education with a specialization in French. I am from Columbus, Ohio, but have grown to love Bowling Green, where I am a part of the World Language Educators organization, Adolescent to Young Adult Association, and am now very excited to be an Education Abroad Ambassador! Studying abroad was the perfect opportunity for me to really immerse myself and continue to learn. I chose to study abroad in Montpellier, a southern city of France, where I attended Université Paul-Valéry for the 2019-20 school year. My time abroad was truly an unforgettable experience. I met an amazing group of friends that accompanied me as I traveled around other amazing parts of France and to four other countries! What was special about this group was that we were all in the same boat: dumped in the south of France trying to figure out the French language, culture, customs and university. The list goes on, yet we still created many memories together. I got to learn about myself and became so much more independent. I was, in fact, faced with many challenges that I was able to overcome. Studying abroad for those two semesters has had a huge impact on my life and has given me much more confidence in my French — something I will always be grateful for.


Raine Lewis 

Raine Lewis

I am a junior political science major at BGSU. In spring 2020, I was able to go abroad to London to study at Richmond University. While I was there I also traveled to five different countries. I had never been outside of the United States, let alone on a plane for longer than three hours, but I decided the best way to do anything was to jump right in. I was able to take classes in the city, figure out how to get around on the tube alone, go to events, eat good food, and make wonderful friends. Even though I was sent home early due to COVID-19, I would never trade the time I did get to spend abroad. 


Madison Smith 

Madison Smith

I am a senior and participated in the BGSU Spain language intensive program located in Alcalá de Henares during the summer of 2018, and the Keele Education Exchange in England during the 2019 spring semester. Studying abroad was so much fun that I did it twice! Both of my education abroad experiences have made me become a more independent and confident person. Academically, my Spanish comprehension and speaking abilities have reached a height I never thought was possible. Professionally, I now have a worldlier view and I no longer approach issues in the same, one-minded fashion that I used to. My biggest advice is go for it and be open to where it will take you!


Michael Grau 

Michael Grau  

I am a fourth-year majoring in Business Administration with specializations in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and International Business. My internship abroad was in Lisbon, Portugal where I worked for Europcar during the summer of 2019. I would encourage everyone to study abroad because you will get the opportunity to see the differences in culture compared to what you are used to and it will give you a better perspective on our world.