About Me


¡Hola! Talofa. Kia Ora. Bonjour. Hello! 

As an active adventurer and explorer of many places and things, my travels throughout the world led me to Monterey, California to pursue a degree in International Education Management. Originally from a rural, farming town in the Midwest, my move to California was a shock to my system, but one that was necessary in order to shape my global citizenship and stimulate my path toward a career in study abroad.

My passion for international education began when I was a junior in college, preparing to spend a semester abroad in New Zealand. Having never left the United States before, I was excited, nervous, and ready for a challenge. My studies and explorations in the Land of the Long White Cloud were invigorating and began to shape a career I had never even considered. It was through my classes on the native Maori people that I discovered my love for culture, travel, and languages. I became a global citizen in a few months, and I wanted nothing more than to share my experience and influence others to get out and just go.

Upon my return to the United States, I became highly involved with my undergraduate’s office of international education: I was a peer mentor to international students, I actively recruited prospective study abroad students, I attended conferences, I ran booths at study abroad fairs, and I accepted a position to work with the office during my senior year allowing me to gain experience and use my skills to develop creative projects for marketing and advertising. I had discovered a career that enthralled me in every way.

Following my graduation from college, I began teaching developmental English classes at a community college and was able to gain higher education work experience through a side position in the academic dean’s office. After a year at the college, my itch to travel led me to the island of Tutuila in American Samoa where I spent a year as a volunteer English teacher at a rural high school. For the first time in my life, I went to work every single day with a smile on my face – content with what I was doing. I knew that I needed to find a position in the United States that allowed me to carry that smile with me wherever I ended up. It was here that I decided to attend graduate school.

I am currently a Study Abroad Advisor at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. As of December 13, 2014, I have received a master of arts in International Education Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.