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Meet the Global Mentors


Get to know the Global Mentors and Graduate Assistants in the Education Abroad office! They are here to help navigate program related questions but also help you through the application process! 

Olivia W
Olivia W : Graduate Assistant

Hi everybody! My name is Olivia and I am in my first year of the College Counseling and Student Development Master's Program. I have traveled to ten countries and studied abroad in South Africa and Sweden with SCSU during my undergrad. I am excited to help other students see the world! 

Emily H : Graduate Assistant

I am in my second year in the College Counseling and Student Development Master's program.  Although I have traveled to 11 countries in Europe, and have visited many countries on my "bucket list,"  I have not yet visited Latin America. I would love to travel to Brazil and hope to visit some friends who currently live there. I also have a goal to study abroad to South Africa!

Spencer Rojas: Global Mentor

Travel TipMy best travel tip is to expect the unexpected. In a country where you may not know the language or are not familiar with, be prepared to go with the flow!

Howdy! I am a senior from Dallas, Texas studying Political science and international relations. I am excited to be working with ed abroad because I want everyone to experience what I was able to experience abroad. 
Karen O.

Karen Ortiz: Global Mentor

Travel Tip :  Push yourself out of your comfort zone! You will be surprised by the things you experience and the lifelong connections you can make just by doing this. 

Hola! My name is Karen Ortiz, and I am a Political Science and International Relations major. I studied abroad in South Africa in the Spring of 2020 and it changed my life in the most positive way. Traveling abroad sparked my interest in travel and culture. As a global mentor, my mission is to help students see the value of studying abroad so they too can experience what I did.
Lucas Clasen : Global Mentor

Travel Tip: Expect things to go wrong, and when they inevitably do go wrong just roll with it.
I am in my 4th year of college and am majoring in Geography with minors in East Asian Studies and GIS. I have been to 8 countries, with 5 of them having gone through St. Cloud State. In my free time I often run, play tennis, go to the movies, and play video games. 

Sophie Torgerson: Global Mentor

Travel Tip: Always keep an open mind while traveling and be open to new ideas if not everything goes as planned.  Everything will work out in the end!
Hi!  My name is Sophie and I am a Senior at SCSU majoring in Mass Communications.  I studied abroad for the first time in Denmark in June of 2019 and had the time of my life!  Since then, I have a growing passion for travel and meeting new people, and now work as a Global Mentor in order to help others on their journeys abroad!