The Monterey Institute celebrates 2012 as a year of great student, faculty and staff achievements, including the launch of the new International Education Management degree program, two new joint degrees and the new Center for Conflict Studies.
March 26, 2013
Program: International Education Management
Undergrad: Indiana University - Russian and East European History
Fast Fact: Since moving to Monterey, Adam has diversified his accordion repertoire and considers himself the de facto best euchre player on the peninsula.
Where are you currently working?
Currently I work as an International Student Advisor at Santa Clara University.
I'm responsible for advising students on matters related to their immigration status, ensuring that they have a smooth and successful transition both academically and culturally in the United States. I also collect and report student data to the Department of Homeland Security to make sure the university complies with federal regulations.
What's your dream job?
My dream job is to be in a position of senior leadership at a major university that aspires to be a leader in the field of international education.
How is the International Education Management program preparing you for this career?
The International Education Management program has prepared me for this job and my career in many ways. In a broader sense, it has inspired and motivated me to see the bigger picture. Before I started the program, I wasn't aware of just how wide and varied the field of international education is. The inclusion of so many different areas into the curriculum has been illuminating and has made me more well-versed in international education.
On a practical level, the IEM program has given me countless concrete skills that I'm already using my current job and will continue to use throughout my career. I took a course on International Student and Scholar Services, taught by a leading professional in the field, and I've found the skills, knowledge and professional connections I acquired to be extremely valuable.
The Institute's emphasis on intercultural competence has also been a huge benefit to me personally and professionally. Not only do I employ the intercultural skills that I acquired in multiple courses at MIIS on a daily basis when interacting with students, but I have even begun to conduct intercultural competence development workshops for staff and students at Santa Clara University. This would not have been possible without guidance and support of MIIS faculty.
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