Associate Director International Marketing Office of International Programs Edmonds College
What inspired you to work in this field? My time as an International Student Mentor back in college helped set me on my career path and sparked my passion for international higher education. I love international students. I’m forever inspired by their experiences, their commitment to their education, their curiosity, their courage, and the values that come from culture sharing.
What are the challenges you've faced? One challenge I’ve faced is the assumption that I am under qualified because of my age or “looking young.” I recall an experience a few years out of college where I was to give a presentation to faculty, and it was assumed I was only there to distribute bottled water. I happily did so before I walked up to the front and started my presentation.
What do you hope to achieve in the future? I had my first child last year. My daughter. When I think of the future, I think of her. I think of the world we will live in. I hope that I will inspire her to lead with kindness, to always make room at the table for more, and to enjoy exploring this colorful world.
If you can give 1 or 2 pieces of advice to our prospective international students, what would it be? You are already doing something incredibly brave by pursuing your education in a foreign country. Do your research, work hard, explore, and have fun!