About the Bloggers – Spring 2015

To see the biographies of our bloggers from Fall 2014, click here.

 isaacIsaac Appel HKUST Business School – Hong Kong, Semester Exchange

 Hi everyone!  My name is Isaac Appel, and I am a Junior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, double majoring in Supply Chain Management & Marketing.  I am also a student in the Business Honors program within the Smith School.  At UMD, I am a member of Phi Chi Theta (Academic Business & Economics Fraternity), for which I have held several leadership positions and furthered my professional development. I also founded and was Co-President of Entrepreneurship Connector, a club started last year that aims to foster innovation and collaboration among the different schools at UMD. This semester, I will be continuing my studies as an exchange student at the HKUST Business School, about 30 minutes away from the downtown city area.  I can’t wait to for the impending culture shock, and the opportunity to expand my pallet with the Asian cuisines. Looking forward to sharing my experience with you all!


 megMeghna Balakumar Bocconi University – Italy, Semester Exchange

Hey y’all! My name is Meghna, I’m a junior marketing major at UMD. I’m an avid language learner, writer, mental health activist and lead guitarist! I hope to be working on the business side of the Music Industry in the near future!


IMG_0830Yvonne Do Cass Business School – London, Semester Exchange

Hello! My name is Yvonne Do and I am a junior majoring in finance and information systems. I will be attending Cass Business School in City University London, which has many notable alumni such as the current CEO of the Coca-Cola Company! I am beyond excited to start my abroad experience in London. As one of the world’s leading financial centers and a place embedded with so much history, I am ready to learn, absorb and embrace what this amazing city has to offer!

Lahnstein Tower with BrentJeremy Khaw WHU – Germany, Semester Exchange

My name is Jeremy Khaw and I am a junior studying Information Systems and Accounting. I am doing an exchange semester at WHU (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung) Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. I really enjoy learning about new cultures and languages. I have already been to quite a few places around the world, including Germany and I already have some prior German-speaking ability so the “foreign” aspect is not completely foreign to me although I am still very excited for the semester. What I am most excited about is the social aspect of travel and meeting people from a different culture, getting the opportunity to see old romanesque and gothic architecture, as well as visiting sites of great importance and significance from a historical perspective.

blog photoAlyssa Lesho Bocconi University – Italy, Semester Exchange

My name is Alyssa, and I’m a Finance and International Business major at UMD.  This spring I’m attending Bocconi University in Milan, the home of the Italian stock exchange and the heart of the fashion industry.  I took Italian classes in high school, and ever since I’ve wanted to travel there to improve my Italian, eat real gelato, and see my favorite works of art.  I’m so excited that I get to do all of this while attending a top-ranking European business school!

Vel_pictureVel Lian WHU – Germany, Semester Exchange

Guten Tag! My name is Vel Lian, a junior majoring in both Accounting
and Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. I
was born in Myanmar, also known as Burma, but moved and grew up in
Baltimore since the age of six. I am very fortunate to be studying
abroad in a small town called Vallendar (in Germany) at the WHU –
Ottto Beisheim School of Management for the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for me to learn more about the world outside of the States and engage in the many different cultures of Europe. I hope to
immerse myself in a foreign environment of learning and living, and hopefully share my experiences as vividly as possible for the readers!


Cindy Liu WHU – Germany, Semester ExchangeOGI

Hi everyone! My name is Cindy Liu and I am a junior double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. I’ve always wanted to study abroad, so I’m really excited for the opportunity to spend the next five months in Europe!



10887312_10205444976463278_8330649179681652655_oNicole Mize WHU – Germany, Semester Exchange

My name is Nicole, and I am a junior Marketing and Supply Chain double major at the University of Maryland.  I love to travel and am enjoying all the experiences I have had here so far!  The tiny city of Vallendar has brought me to amazing food, interesting people, and the unique cultural experience of a lifetime.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has to offer!