Originally from the U.S., I have spent the last ten years living in Singapore and India. I’ve joined the CIPE team after two years in the Yale-NUS Writers’ Centre, where I worked closely with peer tutors and provided feedback on many essays. I am excited to connect this work with my prior career experience in international education.
My winding path in international education was all sparked by an undergraduate study abroad program called Global Semester, which featured a month each in Egypt, India, Hong Kong and South Korea. I returned to Washington University in St. Louis and promptly added a second major in international studies to my psychology major. After graduation, I worked in Washington, DC managing fellowship and exchange programs and discovered that there was actually an academic and professional field – international education – that perfectly fit my interests. While pursuing my M.A. in International Education from George Washington University, I took an intensive Hindi course (compliments of a FLAS fellowship) and completed a nine-month internship in New Delhi. Many years later, I returned again to India and served as a consultant advising local students applying for college overseas, developing curriculum for Sesame Street Workshop-India and directing student relations for an NGO providing college scholarships. Though it may sound like it was well-crafted plan, it certainly didn’t always feel that way! Along the way, I’ve learned the value of cultivating a wide range of skills and the importance of constructing a narrative that speaks to them.