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Peer Advisors

OSA Peer Advisors are all returned study abroad students who have been trained to help prospective study abroad students in making informed decisions regarding study abroad. Peer Advisors hold office hours and are available to meet with prospective students as you inquire about study abroad opportunities, the application process, OSA policies and procedures, or are simply seeking a student perspective on international education. Meetings with Peer Advisors require an appointment, which you can make online. Read about each of our peer advisors and schedule an appointment with them! 

Make an appointment with a peer advisor by clicking on his or her name below:

Maddie Cohen 

Maddie is a senior studying political science and social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Maddie studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa in Fall 2016, where she loved to hike, explore new communities, and visit the vineyards. Since returning from Cape Town, has served as the Peer Advisor Intern, where you can find her hanging out at Global Café, sharing study abroad stories or getting to know international students.

Praveena Fernes 

Hailing from the Bay Area, Praveena Fernes is a senior studying Public Health. She serves as a Community Service Fellow and Community Engagement Advocate. Praveena lived in Northeast Thailand this past spring and studied under human rights activists and public health professionals. While there, she kickstarted a social fundraiser for Radical Grandma Weaving Collective and served as a photojournalist for a local news publication. Her belief in the power of storytelling feeds her daily practice. She is a maker of higgledy-piggledy to-do lists, vegan cuisine, and the occasional scrapbook.

Henry Monkarsh 

Henry Monkarsh is a rising senior here at Tulane and a member of Posse No. 6 from Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Henry is pursuing a History major with an Urban Studies minor. He was afforded the opportunity to spend his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied Muslim-Jewish Relations, Political Geography, and Comparative Literature. Henry hopes to make a career in non-profit administration following his graduation in May 2018. 

Ishan Patel 

Hey!  I'm Ishan and I'm a senior at Tulane from Long Island, New York.  During the fall semester of my junior year, I studied abroad in Prague through UPCES.  Studying abroad definitely changed my life by giving me a global perspective of the various people and cultures in the world.  Before starting the program in Prague, I backpacked alone throughout Switzerland for 3 weeks, which allowed me to really understand the major cultural differences present in a small country.  After I graduate I would like to either go into Film and Television Industry with an emphasis on Art Design, or pursue my interests in Interior Design and Real Estate.

Amanda Verdi 

Amanda is a senior pursuing a BSM in Business Management and a BA in Political Economy with a coordinate major in International Development. As a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business, Amanda spent a summer studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica and her junior year studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal and Reims, France. She has called 8 different cities home in the past 3 years and speaks several foreign languages including French, Italian, and Wolof. Amanda is originally from Huntington Station, New York.