Go Global, Gators!
Prior to entering into the field of international education, I spent six years at the University of Florida to pursue both my undergraduate and graduate studies. I opted to triple-major, obtaining a BA in Spanish, Linguistics, and International Studies (with a concentration on Europe). I continued along a similar academic path and graduated with my MA in Spanish (with a concentration on linguistics) in 2016. During my time at UF, I completed a UF-sponsored study abroad program in Seville, Spain. I was also fortunate enough to have many other academically- oriented international experiences: teaching English at summer camps in Italy, interning for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, and being part of a CIBER working group researching affordable housing and social enterprise in Tanzania.
Before coming back to UF and joining the International Programs team at the Heavener School of Business, I worked as a study abroad advisor at Texas A&M University, overseeing a large portfolio of various types of study abroad programs. While working on my graduate degree, I was also a Spanish instructor at UF.
As the Assistant Director for International Programs, I primarily help oversee the Heavener International Programs, located in various European cities. I am eager to talk with students and guide them through the entire process, from deciding to study abroad and choosing a program to adjusting to life in a different country and utilizing skills learned upon return to the US. I also am the advisor for the International Programs Student Ambassadors (IPSAs), a student organization focused on promoting study abroad and connecting the study abroad experience to life beyond. We’d love to have you join after you complete a program!
Study abroad is a highly unique experience that I hope all students at least consider. This is especially important, as the opportunity to study abroad is only available during the few-year window during which you are a student. Studying abroad provides a window for learning about other cultures more in-depth, as well as meeting new people that likely differ from you in a number of ways. Through this, you will develop a host of skills, such as more effective communication and critical thinking. Studying abroad will also help broaden your worldview and give you a new perspective of your own culture.
Please feel free to contact me at via email at any time or set up an appointment by calling 352-273-0151 or stopping by Heavener Hall 301. I look forward to meeting with you!