I grew up in a suburb on the border of Detroit and upon graduation I moved to Kalamazoo for college. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2016 where I studied French, global and international studies and a minor in international business. In my four years at WMU I was able to study abroad in Besançon France and study at the Centre for Applied Linguistics. This incredible experience absolutely changed the course of my life and what I was interested in pursuing from that point forward.
Upon returning from abroad I obtained a position with the Haenicke Institute for Global Education in the Study Abroad Office as a peer advisor. There I learned in the ins and outs of advising all students no matter what stage in the process they were at. I also got to do work behind the scenes with insurance, spreadsheets, application management, event planning and professional communication. In addition to classroom presentations at WMU, area schools and events on campus. I learned how to talk to different audiences about study abroad, how it affected my life and how it could do the same for them. The most rewarding part of the job by far was seeing the students through the process and having that life changing experience as well.
This is really what sparked my interested in the field of international education. After attending two conferences the CEA Returning from Abroad Conference and the MAIE Michigan Association of International Educator’s Conference in Kalamazoo where I got to ask the experts it felt like something concrete I could go into and love doing.
I also served as a teaching assistant for Intro to Global Studies which is the first required class for the Global Studies major and a general education option. I also had the opportunity to write a thesis for my last French class on the subject of a small historic francophone community in Monroe Michigan.
I spent the last challenging year teaching in a small town in north-eastern France and now I’ve obtained my first entry level job in higher education. I’ll be moving to southern Germany to work at an American University abroad and I’m so excited about my next adventure. If you would ever want to collaborate or are interested in working abroad or doing TAPIF don’t hesitate to contact me.