Alumni Stories

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Here at AUP, we love to keep in touch with alumni and former students, and to celebrate their achievements and milestones.

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  • With all the Right Elements, Samantha Gilliams ’18

    With all the Right Elements, Samantha Gilliams ’18

    Samantha Gilliams knows a thing or two about ingredients.

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  • A Philosopher in the Kitchen

    A Philosopher in the Kitchen

    Rose is internationally acclaimed for his mastery of traditional French cooking.

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  • Pauline Rodhain ’13

    Pauline Rodhain ’13

    The knowledge I gained in AUP's classes ten years ago is indispensable in my industry today.

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  • Tobias Lord ’03

    Tobias Lord ’03

    For me, brands are about trust and transparency. Strong brands are ones with which people build affinities.

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  • Faith Toran G’18

    Faith Toran G’18

    "I enjoyed the small class sizes and how accessible professors were."

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  • Dawn Booker G’13

    Dawn Booker G’13

    My experience at AUP transformed my life and career in so many ways.

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  • Raul Torres ’11

    Raul Torres ’11

    I still remember the year I transferred to AUP as one of the best of my life.

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  • Jennifer L. Phillips ’97

    Jennifer L. Phillips ’97

    AUP formed in me the strong desire to make a difference in my community.

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  • Jessica Farmer ’10

    Jessica Farmer ’10

    My time spent at AUP changed my perspective on what was possible in life.

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  • Maria Lujan Tubio ’03

    Maria Lujan Tubio ’03

    The amount of emphasis my professors placed on student–teacher contact was very special.

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  • Alex Phuong Nguyen G’12

    Alex Phuong Nguyen G’12

    "Human rights and data science create a fascinating intersection. My advice for those entering the field is to be adaptable to different kinds of work....

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  • Farah Nayeri ’84

    Farah Nayeri ’84

    My professors had a great deal of influence on my trajectory.

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  • Leila Conners ’89

    Leila Conners ’89

    I got exactly what I wanted out of the school: an international experience.

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  • Selin Atasoy ’95

    Selin Atasoy ’95

    Being at AUP and in Paris allowed me to explore different aspects of life, fields of education and subjects of interest.

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  • Matthew Yarborough G’17

    Matthew Yarborough G’17

    I can honestly say, if it were not for the connections I made at AUP, I would not be where I am today.

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  • Tony Hung ’18

    Tony Hung ’18

    My advice to students would be to maximize your time with all the services AUP has to offer.

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  • Madelaine VanDerHeyden ’20

    Madelaine VanDerHeyden ’20

    AUP's focus on experiential learning, seen through its Cultural Program study trips and skills-oriented modules, was really attractive to me.

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  • Aurelie-Anne Gilly ’01

    Aurelie-Anne Gilly ’01

    AUP offered serious academic programs and an international student body.

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  • Julie Hu ’18

    Julie Hu ’18

    My favorite memories of AUP have to do with all the people I met there: peers, friends and professors.

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  • Paige Beaton Coulier G’13

    Paige Beaton Coulier G’13

    As brand builders, we are out in the world every day, helping people know and love our companies.

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  • Shadi Ayoubi ’19

    Shadi Ayoubi ’19

    I encourage anyone looking to go into economics to make the most of the liberal arts program.

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  • Clémence Wurtz ’13

    Clémence Wurtz ’13

    My advice to anyone just graduating is to find something you love, and then to work hard at it.

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  • Hamza Usman G'09

    Hamza Usman G'09

    Hamza Usman G’09 turned a gap in the pharmaceutical market into a force for social good, laying the foundations for safer, more professional pharmacies in...

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  • Khalid Tinasti ’06 & G’07

    Khalid Tinasti ’06 & G’07

    My time at the University taught me that, whatever our differences, we do not have to apologize for existing.

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  • Luka Ivicevic ’15

    Luka Ivicevic ’15

    When I came to AUP, I was curious to learn new things.

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  • Jasmine Paul ’18

    Jasmine Paul ’18

    When I found AUP, my world got a whole lot bigger!

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  • Monique Callender ’18 & G’21

    Monique Callender ’18 & G’21

    I think the most beautiful part of AUP is that it’s a safe space to be who you are.

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  • Jacqueline Routier ’94

    Jacqueline Routier ’94

    Marketing is fundamentally about understanding people.

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  • Richard Klein G'21

    Richard Klein G'21

    Yes, the classes are challenging and interesting, but when you head outside you also get the immersive experience of Parisian living

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  • Nicole Santiago G'19

    Nicole Santiago G'19

    Studying at AUP has given me opportunities that seemed implausible for someone early in her career

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  • Jacinda Carlisle G'20

    Jacinda Carlisle G'20

    With its diverse curriculum and distinguished roster of professors, AUP offers exceptional opportunities for study and achievement.

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  • Catherine Mounier-Desrochers G'19

    Catherine Mounier-Desrochers G'19

    I feel strongly that studying at AUP will provide me with the necessary tools to make sense of complex diplomatic and international legal issues

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  • Ari Price G'20

    Ari Price G'20

    I feel lucky to have also had previous experience with the interdisciplinary style of education found at AUP

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  • Susanne Spahn ’11

    Susanne Spahn ’11

    I can confidently say that AUP set the foundation and gave me the knowledge that I needed to practice new values in my personal and professional life.

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  • Natalie Cassedy '17

    Natalie Cassedy '17

    My journey at AUP helped to kick-start my career.

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  • Will Bisbee G’18

    Will Bisbee G’18

    AUP definitely gave me rich life experiences.

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  • Robin Davis G'17

    Robin Davis G'17

    The classroom exchange of ideas in these courses will always be among my fondest memories at AUP.

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  • Lory Martinez G'17

    Lory Martinez G'17

    The training I received in and out of the classroom has been unendingly useful in my post-graduation career.

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  • Keti Archaia ’17

    Keti Archaia ’17

    While all the courses that I took at AUP were engaging, I was most fascinated by the dynamics of the classes themselves.

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  • Donna AlSudairi ’11

    Donna AlSudairi ’11

    AUP was exactly what I was looking for: a liberal arts university in the center of Paris, with a diverse student population.

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  • Jean-Baptiste Matton G'15

    Jean-Baptiste Matton G'15

    I wanted to take a break from the military and widen my vision of geopolitics

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  • Alexandra Swies G'14

    Alexandra Swies G'14

    Fashion has always been a passion of mine, but AUP has the perfect program to turn my passion into a career.

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  • Ruby Veridiano G'15

    Ruby Veridiano G'15

    I was able to ask my course instructors for specific advice, and I found that everyone was thrilled to help me as much as they could.

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  • Rieke Weel G'12

    Rieke Weel G'12

    AUP made me believe in myself and understand that I could do things I had never dreamed of doing before.

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  • Lindsey Tramuta G'09

    Lindsey Tramuta G'09

    The training I received in and out of the classroom has been unendingly useful in my post-graduation career.

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  • Erielle Sakrekoff Delzer ’16

    Erielle Sakrekoff Delzer ’16

    I embarked upon a Russian Studies degree, with an International Relations component.

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  • Chloe Elder ’14

    Chloe Elder ’14

    Being in Paris opened opportunities to explore beyond the books.

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  • Sabrina Marinescu ’11

    Sabrina Marinescu ’11

    Being here pushed me to observe subjects and events from an increasingly international point of view.

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  • Kelsey Armstrong ’17

    Kelsey Armstrong ’17

    I love living in Paris: it inspires me toward greater creativity and ambition.

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  • Amanda Skaar ’16

    Amanda Skaar ’16

    AUP gave me a window onto the rest of the world and showed me that I needed a career where I could work to make global change.

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  • Nicole Pizzorni ’16

    Nicole Pizzorni ’16

    I immediately liked AUP because of its diverse student body.

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  • Emilie Quenensse ’15

    Emilie Quenensse ’15

    AUP helped me gain confidence and the practical knowledge I needed to start an internship at the OECD.

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  • Tove Samuelsson ’14

    Tove Samuelsson ’14

    Looking back, I feel lucky to have spent these crucial years at AUP and in Paris.

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  • Jade Ascencio ’17

    Jade Ascencio ’17

    I’ve always found that AUP’s faculty and staff are extremely attentive to the needs of students.

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  • Matthew Ness ’09

    Matthew Ness ’09

    AUP impressed me immediately as the right place to develop my interests.

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  • Ryan Blum ’16

    Ryan Blum ’16

    Moving to Paris was one of the best decisions of my life.

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  • Kristina Keenan ’08

    Kristina Keenan ’08

    That was my student experience at AUP in a nutshell – a culturally rich, international learning environment.

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  • Acadia Webber ’12

    Acadia Webber ’12

    AUP helped fuel my interest in mental health and cognitive science, and those passions guide me still.

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  • Petra Kroupova ’17

    Petra Kroupova ’17

    I’ve always appreciated the balance AUP strikes between academic rigor and exploration.

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  • Ignacio Paz ’09

    Ignacio Paz ’09

    I was lucky enough to take my FirstBridge class with the legendary Julie Thomas and Kathleen Chevalier.

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  • Mary Einbinder ’11

    Mary Einbinder ’11

    I wanted a school where I’d be encouraged to express myself creatively.

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  • Hannah Chequer-Queiroz ’12

    Hannah Chequer-Queiroz ’12

    I learned a lot about myself through learning about other people.

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  • Elise Marafioti ’03

    Elise Marafioti ’03

    I was the first student to graduate from AUP with a degree in Film and Media.

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  • Jeffrey Mestre ’12

    Jeffrey Mestre ’12

    I can honestly say that I found every aspect of my studies and my daily life fascinating.

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  • Fatima Orozco ’16

    Fatima Orozco ’16

    It was only when I started applying to jobs that I saw how many doors were open to me because of what I studied.

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  • Anas Bouzoubaa ’12

    Anas Bouzoubaa ’12

    I wanted to attend an American university, but I also wanted to stay close to home.

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  • Gabrielle Flam ’10

    Gabrielle Flam ’10

    AUP cemented my desire to study literature and writing and helped spark my intellectual curiosity and creativity.

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  • Anna Schroeder ’15

    Anna Schroeder ’15

    I wanted to study art history in a city that was overflowing with world-renowned museums.

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