Please visit the office of Study Abroad in Tomlinson Hall, or contact us at 216-368-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumn Beechler studied abroad three times in her undergraduate career at Bowling Green State University. Her first study abroad was a faculty-directed program to Mexico City the summer after her freshman year. Two years later, she spent a semester in the UK studying comparative education and backpacking through Europe during May “Holiday” the Europeans so wisely celebrate. Fast forward two more years and Autumn is completing her student teaching in Rio de Janeiro, immersing herself in Brazilian culture by attending Carnival and embarking on solo travel to the Amazon. A semester later, Autumn left Rio much as she did the UK: wishing she’d had more time to experience it. Knowing this, after graduation, Autumn accepted a teaching position on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands and stayed for four years, teaching high school English to indigenous Pacific Islanders. Since Island Fever insured she traveled every school break, her further travels confirmed that the world is more alike than different, and that the exploration of our differences is the best tool for understanding human connectedness. Family connection brought Autumn closer to home with a brief semester teaching in Mexico, after which she came all the way back to Ohio, graduate school, and the field of education abroad—a field she initially became interested in at BGSU because of her positive experiences with their study abroad office. After receiving her masters in Leadership in Higher Education from Baldwin Wallace (BW) and spending two years working in BW’s Study Abroad and International Student Services offices, Autumn happily became study abroad advisor to the best students in North America: those at CWRU. She is glad to call CLE home, eager to promote intentional international travel, and always happy to exchange travel stories.
Matt Notarian, study abroad advisor at Case Western Reserve University, is originally from Northport, NY. He comes to CWRU from Tulane University in New Orleans, but previously worked and studied in several states and lived abroad in Italy for two years in Rome and Pisa. He holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware in Anthropology and History, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the University at Buffalo. Trained as a Roman archaeologist, Matt spent several summers working on archaeological projects in Greece, Italy, and the USA, in which he developed a love of travel and adventure. During his graduate studies, he also had the opportunity to travel far - from Turkey and Tunisia to the U.K. – soaking up the local cultures and exploring ancient ruins. As an exchange fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, Matt connected with other students from across Europe, and learned much about their academic system. When not traveling (and convincing students to go overseas), he enjoys going out for a run, trying to remember how to play the guitar, reading all the books he never had time for in grad school, and spending time with his wife and daughter.