The Traveling School Alumnae Council supports our dedicated and dynamic global TTS alumnae community whose members are connected, supportive of TTS’s mission, and invested in its future.
Current Council Members
Anna is a graduate student in geology at Iowa State University. She can be found in Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota, and many places in between. Since she attended TTS17 in Central America, Anna has also studied abroad in New Zealand and done research in Iceland and the Canadian Rockies. Inspired by The Traveling School, she has taken these opportunities to travel independently and to have a more immersive experience. Sometimes with her studies as an excuse, she pursues camping, paddling, and road trip adventures. She has connected with TTS girls on college visits, road trips, and abroad. As an alumnae council member, Anna hopes to maintain a strong alumnae network that connects members across semesters and promote the mission of The Traveling School.
After her semester with the Traveling School, Cyprien moved overseas in 2011 to pursue her university education. Armed with the ardent belief that she would meet her own Mr. Darcy, she began her Bachelor’s degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Two years and one seasonal depression lamp later, she gave up her Austenesque view of the United Kingdom and moved to significantly sunnier South Africa. There, she transferred to the University of Cape Town and completed her Bachelor’s degree with a triple major in International Relations, Social Anthropology and Religious Studies. Fearing these interests to be a bit too broad, she enrolled in graduate school in 2016. She completed her first year of graduate school at the University of Cape Town before transferring to the University of Sydney in Australia for her final year. In December 2017, she graduated with a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations with an emphasis on Political Communication.
Looking back on her high school days, Cyprien credits her time with TTS16 to be one of the most influential periods of her life. It opened up her eyes to the possibility of studying and working in a foreign country; it introduced her to her favorite city in the world (Cape Town); and it showed her the beauty and benefit of cross-cultural communication — the simple realization that we are all more alike than we are different.
The combination of these experiences has cemented Cyprien’s passion for communication, intercultural connections, and politics. She is currently in the process of moving back to California and beginning her career. She hopes to one day establish herself in the field of political communication and political campaign strategy.
In her spare time, Cyprien can be found train-hopping with friends in Europe, sunbathing on the beach with her fiance in Cape Town or wine tasting with her family in Napa Valley. On less exciting days, she is most likely to be found sitting in front of her laptop, equally stressed and delighted by wedding planning.
An alumna of TTS25 to Central America, Kaitlyn has found herself drawn to the region, culture, and language of Latin America. As a result, Kaitlyn is studying for her BA in International Relations with a focus in Latin America at the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. In addition to her primary major, Kaitlyn also studies Spanish in pursuit of a second major. She enjoys volunteering in English Second Language programs for children, teens, and adults while practicing her Spanish. Apart from her studies, Kaitlyn enjoys road tripping, working in Maine with fellow TTS25 alumnae, hiking rural PA, and exploring new and old travels with her family. A newfound escape, Kaitlyn thrives in the beauty and seclusion of Vinalhaven, Maine (brought to her by the lovely Hannah Noyes TTS25) during her summers since TTS. A former cheerleader, now rugby player, Kaitlyn likes staying active in all forms but running. New to DC, Kaitlyn can be found trying new Hispanic restaurants and looking for hidden gems of wilderness in the city. She is committed to the lifelong friendships that TTS25 has brought her and aiming to make TTS a reachable goal for ambitious young women from any and all backgrounds. Known to challenge herself and others, Kaitlyn lives to question.
Natalie is currently majoring in Economics and Social History with a minor in Environmental Science at Barnard College of Columbia University. Inspired by the impact going abroad with The Traveling School had in high school, Natalie also decided to go abroad in college to University of Cambridge for the Spring 2017 semester.
The Traveling School was an extremely impactful opportunity for Natalie and she is excited to help The Traveling School continue to work to expand access in order to give even more girls the chance to go abroad with TTS. The Traveling School not only instilled a love for learning and traveling, but has greatly expanded her worldview and provided lifelong friends. Natalie can’t imagine her life without The Traveling School and is thankful for the opportunity to continue being a part of the community through the Alumnae Council!
Ariela is a senior at Barnard College and an advanced degree student at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, where she will be receiving a Masters degree in May of 2019. At fifteen years old, Ariela spent a semester in southwestern Africa. She returned to New Haven to finish high school and work as a staff journalist for the New Haven Independent. As an undergraduate student, Ariela worked for the Hillary for America campaign and The New York Times. Ariela hopes to use her leadership position on the Alumni Board to ensure every girl that has the opportunity to be a part of a TTS semester can make it a reality.
Former Council Members
Tara is currently a Master’s student at the University of New Mexico studying community and regional planning, with a focus on community development and indigenous planning. She received a B.A. in history from Brown University where she led multiple public-service initiatives. Tara has worked in non-profit program development and strategic planning around issues of racial justice, educational equity, and representation in public media. Like most Colorado natives she spends most of her free time getting lost in the great outdoors. She is thrilled to be working with other TTS women to build a dynamic and robust alumnae community.
Bobbi Anderson is an undergraduate student at Quest University Canada. She is studying anti-oppressive Education, Psychology, and Social Change. Bobbi has spent time in India, Nicaragua, and Mexico working with rural communities on anti oppressive methods of Education. Bobbi is interested in Social Work and Teaching in order to reduce violence against women and shift the ways in which people think and behave on individual, collaborative, and cross-cultural scales. Bobbi is a part of the TTS alumnae council because she whole-heartedly believes that TTS encourages and fosters their students to advocate for social change. TTS fosters a fire in girls that only gets larger and deeper once they finish a semester abroad. Bobbi’s personal goals for the TTS alum council are as follows; she hopes to aid in increasing diversity in the socioeconomic class, race, ability, and social background of students, increasing fundraising opportunities for students, and increasing alumni networking and recruitment options.
Mara took a semester abroad with The Traveling School her junior year of high school and believes wholeheartedly in its mission. She took a gap year after graduating, and traveled through Ecuador, Thailand, India, and South Africa, working with NGOs and living with host families. She is part of the class of 2020 at Yale, and is planning on studying public health and anthropology. Mara was strongly impacted by her experience with The Traveling School and loves the chance to give back through the alumnae council.
Charlotte is a senior at Foxcroft School, a small boarding school outside of Washington, D.C. As a sophomore, she spent the spring semester with TTS 23, exploring South American culture with 16 other girls. From her months with The Traveling School, Charlotte gained a deeper love for the world and an insatiable desire to adventure and listen to the stories of people from around the globe. She journeyed to Asia on a program with Adventures Cross Country last summer and hopes to study abroad in college. A horseback rider, runner, and hiker, Charlotte enjoys being active in the great outdoors. In college, she plans to pursue Spanish, the language she has been fascinated with ever since her experiences with TTS. Upon becoming a part of the Alumnae Council Charlotte has been able to foster connections among women from many semesters and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of TTS’s future.
My name is Ava Swanson and I went on TTS24 Southeast Africa! The Traveling School opened my eyes, changed my perspectives, and restored my passions for life and learning. I couldn’t be more grateful for such an influential experience; the inspiration and insight that the Traveling School provided has moved me to give back on the Alumnae Council. Outside of TTS, I’m a singer/songwriter, an activist, a mountain enthusiast, and a lover of learning. I’m currently a student at Quest University Canada, where I plan to study education, sociology, and music. I have high hopes of learning, performing, and traveling all over the globe during and after university. I can be found in my beautiful hometown of Bozeman, Montana, or up in my new home, Squamish, BC.
Abby is an alumna of both TTS20 in South Eastern Africa and TTS21 in Central America. Now a student at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs she is studying International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health and International Development. Abby is currently abroad studying at the University of Botswana studying a practicum of environmental and community health. She is headed in the fall semester of 2016 to the University of Cape Town to complete a year studying abroad enriching her perspective and challenging content by crossing borders. In the District, she works in the Peace Corp’s Epidemiology unit producing demographic research and publication. She hopes that upon graduating in 2018 a career in Public Health management with a specific interest in reproductive health and family planning abroad, most likely in Southern Africa will be pursued. In her free time, she enjoys time in the mountains, diving into warm oceans, creating wheel-thrown ceramics, loving on pups, adventuring with her South African significant other, and continuing a lifelong commitment to always eat great food. Her home base is right outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania complete with two labradors and 5 humans. Abby is a part of the council because keeping the Traveling School experience relevant has greatly impacted her path and lifestyle and she is convinced that providing the same community and gateway is just as integral a part of the experience as our short and sweet 15 weeks spent in the field.
Interested in being on the Alumnae Council? Stay tuned for a call for applications in fall 2018!
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