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I can answer questions related to specific destinations, different providers, choosing the best program or destination for you, the pros and cons of studying through your university or directly enrolling or using a third party provider, ways to combat homesickness, travel suggestions and itineraries for specific locations, debating where to study a language abroad, etc. I can also provide advice for getting college credits for your travels, different types of housing/accommodations, the benefits of short term versus long term programs, ideas for keeping your study abroad experience green friendly or your GPA high, etc. Most of my answers will draw from personal experience.
I have studied abroad 4 times in 4 very different capacities: a month in Hangzhou through my university, a month in Nanjing through an independent scholarship, a semester in Namibia/South Africa with a third party provider, and a year in Beijing directly enrolling in a university.
I currently work as the Marketing Director of the Study Abroad section of Go Overseas, a website created to help our users find study abroad programs. We feature fun and interactive reviews, interviews, and articles about studying, volunteering, interning, and teaching abroad.
Online: Go Overseas, BootsNAll, Where I've Been, College Prowler, HerCampus, Tripping, DIWYY. In print: The Lighter, Valpo Interaction
I have earned a Bachelors degree in International Economics and Cultural Affairs / East Asian Studies from Valparaiso University (2010) and a Mandarin language certificate from Beijing Language and Culture University (2011).
Awards and Honors
- China's Ministry of Education Scholarship Recipient (2010-2011) - Magna Cum Laude, Valparaiso University, Class of 2010 - Woman of the Year, Valparaiso University, 2010 - Civic Engagement Volunteer Greek of the Year, Valparaiso University, 2010 - Study Abroad Outstanding Ambassador, Valparaiso University, 2010 - Indiana Crusader Connect Grant Recipient, 2008 - Valedictorian, Merrillville High School, Class of 2006