I am a young professional in the field of international education. A little about how I got here:
I always thought that I would be a teacher. It runs in my family, with my mother teaching and her mother before her. When I was 16 I got a job as a counselor at a local summer camp and I loved being with kids all day. During high school and then at Middlebury College, I had the opportunities to work with students in Honduras, Argentina, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. I had a passion for Spanish, so teaching it (or English to Spanish speakers) seemed like a natural combination of my two interests.
After graduating from Middlebury I went to Spain with the Auxiliares program to teach English. I was thrilled to dive in and stand up in front of a class for the first time. After a few months, I realized that I was completely, one hundred percent…neutral about teaching. I didn’t hate it, nor was I bad at it, but I didn’t love it. And as I learned from my mother, one can’t be a successful teacher without complete devotion to and passion for the profession.
Still, I cared a lot about education and Spanish and I didn’t want to abandon them. I considered other career paths in which I might be able to incorporate these passions, and I kept thinking back to my international experiences: leading trips for U.S. students in Costa Rica, studying abroad in Buenos Aires, hosting international students in New York and Los Angeles, or traveling to the Dominican Republic on a student-led service trip. These experiences taught me to break down cultural barriers, made me a better individual, and inspired me to take on the many challenges the world faces today. I decided to pursue a career in which I could help students become active global citizens.
I had some experience, and a lot of passion. I decided that I needed to focus on hard skills. When I discovered the International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute, I knew it was a perfect fit. I gained skills such as recruiting, marketing, budgeting, and program design all while further developing my intercultural competency. For my last semester I completed a full-time practicum with WorldTeach in Cambridge, MA before receiving my degree in December 2016.
In January 2017 I began working at ISEP Study Abroad as a Student Engagement Officer based in Denver, CO. In this role I travel frequently and manage relationships with 40 universities in the Western U.S. I advise students to help them find study and intern abroad programs that meet their academic and personal needs. I also work closely with staff at the universities within my region to ensure that both they and their students have a positive experience with my organization.