Where are you from and what do you miss most about home?
I’m from Minnesota, so pretty close to Nebraska! There are a few differences, though. Nebraska has milder winters, but summers in Minnesota are absolutely unbeatable. I especially miss all of the lakes. Did you know that Minnesota has more shoreline than California? I also miss shopping in Minnesota, where there is no sales tax on clothes!
What is your field of work and how did you choose this path?
I work with international students and international education in general. I chose this path because I love working with students, and I am passionate about international education’s potential to build better communities and societies worldwide. Being able to foster intercultural connections is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job; there is such tremendous value in global student mobility. I hope to continue to increase access to global opportunities for students, both domestic and international, throughout my career.
What experience has helped you grow the most?
It’s hard to choose just one experience, but I would have to say my year studying abroad in college was the most formative. I had never left the country, and suddenly I was flying to France to live with a host family for 9 months! My time overseas was incredibly eye-opening and humbling, and I loved the challenges of living in a new country. I ended up living in France for two more years after graduation, and then spent another two years living in China. Without a doubt, my experiences abroad made me more resourceful and confident today.
What is one piece of advice you would give to international students around career development?
Use the resources and connections available on campus! Visit the Career Center, reach out to a potential mentor, attend your professors’ office hours, or join an RSO. If you are unsure where to start, you can visit the Career Center to get some advice, or reach out to any of the mentors listed here.