What inspired you to work in this field? I work for the travel insurance industry, and part of our portfolio is providing travel medical plans to international students. Having been a French major in college, studying abroad several times, and spending a year abroad in my adult life to teach English, I am naturally passionate about travel and learning about different cultures. I love working in a field that connects me to people who share this passion.
What are the challenges you've faced? The main challenge has been learning a new business. Prior to starting this work over five years ago, I never worked in the insurance field. But the learning has been fun, and I’ve met so many wonderful colleagues and peers in this field who teach me every day.
What do you hope to achieve in the future? I hope to continue sharpening the brand for USI Travel Insurance Services and increasing our exposure as a long-trusted and reliable travel insurance provider.
If you can give 1 or 2 pieces of advice to our prospective international students, what would it be? Travel abroad! You are already thinking about it, and possibly already decided, so you’re an easy audience for this advice. The most enriching experiences of my life have been living abroad — not just traveling, but truly living a regular life in another country, surrounded by a different culture and language. You will hold onto the memories and the eye-opening experiences for the rest of your life. I’ll leave you with a favorite quote: “The only things in life you regret are the risks you didn’t take.” So be bold, do something that scares you — you’ll never look back.