What inspired you to work in this field? I grew up very Internationally, so working with international students feels like home. I really enjoy being able to support students with their future educational and career goals: it gives me such energy! I learn from my students every day, and they continue to be my inspiration.
What are the challenges you've faced? Trying to have complex discussions with students about immigration or academic policies when English is not their first language can be very challenging, but I am more successful when I slow down, use clear language, be patient, and ask a lot of affirming questions.
What do you hope to achieve in the future? I hope to continue my efforts to create a diverse and inclusive learning and social environment for our international students. We are working on creating fun on- and off-campus events.
If you can give 1 or 2 pieces of advice to our prospective international students, what would it be? Get involved with your campus community. Whether that is going to events & activities, joining a club & student government, or working on-campus — getting involved with the community is a great way to make connections. Also, use all of your campus resources. We are all here to support you and your success!