What inspired you to work in this field? I started working in the field of education right after graduating from university. A few years into my career, I was given the opportunity to coordinate the International Students Program at the college where I was working. I accepted the position because I loved the idea of working with students from all over the world and hearing their unique stories. I’m currently a director/academic counselor of an international program, and it has also been rewarding to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
If you can give 1 or 2 pieces of advice to our prospective international students, what would it be? I would advise students to ask questions if there’s something that’s not clear about the application or enrollment process. The international program staff is here to help make your transition to studying in the U.S. a smoother one.
The other thing is once you arrive in the U.S., take advantage of all the resources your college or university has to offer. This includes using student services such as tutoring, health and wellness programs, student clubs, and academic counseling. It can make your educational journey more rewarding!