Senior Peer Advisor
Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers
Kaylyn is a current Peer Advisor (PA) for the Office of Global Opportunities. She started working with the office in August 2018. In addition to advising study away students, Kaylyn assists the office with sustainability initiatives. Kaylyn is double majoring in Spanish and European Studies while obtaining certificates in Ecotourism and Diversity Studies. She has participated on non-Ohio sponsored program through ISA to Spain, volunteered in Thailand/Laos with an organization called GIVE, and has been an au pair in Italy for a summer. Kaylyn has also traveled to many other states in the US and 9 other countries.
What advice would you give a student interested in a Global Program?
“DO IT. Whatever it takes, do it. Come into the GO office and start planning. My times abroad have been some of the best moments of my life. I have truly changed because of them and wish everyone could experience what I did. Whatever doubts you have about the process, we can provide information to help you through them.”
What was the most memorable learning experience you had while on a global program?
“ One of the most memorable learning experiences I had was in Thailand. We had information sessions about elephants and then we spent two days wit them. It was incredible interacting with such majestic animals and also being educated on ways to help the survival of the species.”
What skills do you feel you've gained from going on a global program?
“ I have gained countless skills from going on my global programs. One is my ability to adapt to numerous situations. Being thrown in to another culture forces you to either accept or repel it. I have become even more independent. While solo traveling, you have no one else to depend on. It helped me learn about myself and also made me realize that I am more capable than I thought. Problem solving skills are a biggie. Whether it be a cancelled flight, language barrier, or getting lost; I've had to quickly figure out what I was going to do.”