Student Staff

Peer Advisors

Peer advisors with prior experience learning abroad are available for consultations with students considering study, research, or internships abroad.

In weekly office hours each semester, these peer advisors can help you think about:

  • What kind of experience would best fit your academic and professional goals;
  • Which factors you should consider in weighing your learning abroad options;
  • How you should go about planning for your learning abroad experience; and
  • Who else you should talk with.

Peer advisors also hold conversations with students who have returned to campus following their time abroad, helping them unpack their experiences, re-acclimate to campus, and envision ways to academically and professionally build on their time abroad.

Sabine Afodanyi ‘20, Peer Advisor

Sabine Afodanyi ’20, Peer Advisor

Major: International Relations
Sabine interned with long-time McCulloch Center partner, African Women's Development Fund, as part of our brand new Engaging Ghana pilot. In addition to other commitments, she is currently a Community Advisor.

Peer Advising Hour
Tuesdays 5-6 pm in Blanchard (place TBD). Please sign up via this calendar link.

Huishan Hu (Kathy) ’20, Peer Advisor

Huishan Hu (Kathy) ’20, Peer Advisor

Double Major: Environmental Studies and International Relations
Kathy interned with Kopernik through MHConnect Global in Indonesia and received a Social Innovation Initiative (SI2) award for her MHC Greenware project. This Global/Local pathway addresses environmental issues through waste reduction in both Bali, Indonesia, and campus waste at MHC. She is also an Eco-Rep for the Miller Worley Center and was the Digital Media Chair of the Women in Business club among other engagements.

Peer Advising Hour
Wednesdays 8-9 pm at Prospect Common Room. Please sign up via this calendar link.

Serena McDonald-Newman ’20, Peer Advisor

Serena McDonald-Newman ’20, Peer Advisor

Major: Architectural Studies and IR double major
In addition to studying in Cork, Ireland for the 2018-19 AY, Serena was an MHConnect Global intern with the Vietnamese Women's Museum in summer 2018. A former guide at MHCAM, she is currently a Newhall Fellow Alternate at the Office of Admission. Serena is also a Program Assistant for the McCulloch Center.

Peer Advising Hour
Thursdays at 5pm. Please sign up via this calendar link.

Program Assistants

Prachy Mahbub ’20, Program Assistant

Prachy Mahbub ’20, Program Assistant

Prachy is currently a senior at MHC, double majoring in Neuroscience and Religious Studies. In her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in Rome, learning about the advent of Christianity and Judaism through Italian art, music, and architecture. She is also an international student from Bangladesh and has spent a large portion of her life traveling across the world with her family. Her unique experience with living and studying abroad enables her to effectively streamline the process for other MHC students. As a Study Abroad Program Assistant, she can provide useful information and practical support to those who wish to take part in this life-changing experience."

Anna Morris ’20, Social Media Assistant

Anna Morris ’20, Social Media Assistant

Anna Morris is a senior at Mount Holyoke from Oakland, California. She is double majoring in Film Studies, with a focus in Video Production, and Spanish. She studied abroad in Spring 2019 in Seville, Spain through CIEE's Communications, New Media, and Journalism program. On campus she participates in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the WMHC radio station.

Abigail Oliver ’20, Program Assistant

Abigail Oliver ’20, Program Assistant

Abigail Oliver is a senior at Mount Holyoke from Hamilton, New Jersey. She is a history major on the Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights Nexus, and she is also pursuing a 5-College Language Certificate in American Sign Language. In the fall of 2018, Abigail studied at the University of Edinburgh where she studied early modern and architectural history. This past summer, Abigail conducted independent research in the London archives and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Abigail is a Community Advisor for the Office of Residential Life and is involved in multiple student organizations, including the Newman Association student board, the Pre-Law Association, and other campus organizations. Abigail looks forward to helping students navigate study away programs to connect their academic studies with the broader world.