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Meet Students in the International Education Management Program!

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Read in-depth stories of what our students are up to in the International Education Management field.

Student Profiles

Meet the IEM students here at the Institute! Students marked with an (*) are candidates in the joint International Education Management and Public Administration (MPA) program.

Abbey Wallace

Abbey Wallace

Before MIIS: Traveling teacher for a learning skills program. Assistant to the Director of "Pitch Perfect 2"

Career Goal: Manage a study abroad program in Oceania

Fun Fact: Was on a competitive lumberjacking team at Colby College

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Aileen Evans*

Before MIIS: Teaching English and eating cheese in southern France.

Career Goal: Work with a study abroad program, providing the same inspiring international experiences afforded in my life.

Fun Fact: Hitch-hiked in Senegal.

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Allison Newman*

Before MIIS: Working in hospital administration at the Children's Hospital Colorado.

Career Goal: Consult for an international organization working at the university level.

Fun Fact: Certified yoga instructor.

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April Danyluk*

Before MIIS: Seoul, South Korea

Career Goal: Work to make quality education accessible to everyone.

Fun Fact: Fluent in ASL... although a bit out of practice.

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Ashleigh Edelsohn*

Before MIIS: Teaching English in a religious elementary school in Be'er Sheva through the Israeli Ministry of Education fellowship.

Career Goal: Work with English-language programs overseas, specifically in education reform for teaching English in Israel.

Fun Fact: Award-winning jam-maker and baker!

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Brian Pekrill*

Before MIIS: Working at Brandeis University's Undergraduate Admission Office as the International Coordinator.

Career Goal: Assist international students in making smart decisions regarding study in the US.

Fun Fact: Was President of the New England JET Alumni Association.

Courtney Jackson

Courtney Jackson

Before MIIS: Working with international students and faculty at Hult International Business School in San Francisco.

Career Goal: Develop and promote accessible study abroad programs for U.S. students.

Fun Fact: Can identify most Northern California trees, plants, and animals.

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Danyelle Mitchell*

Before MIIS: Serving with City Year, mentoring 8th graders in Philadelphia.

Career Goal: Work in the field of education reform; create an educational non-profit.

Fun Fact: Trying to learn the electric guitar, but has only gotten 4 notes in 4 years.

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Eli Hatch*

Before MIIS: Working in automotive manufacturing, specifically with large Japanese companies.

Career Goal: Work as director of a study abroad program office at a university or in the foreign service with student visas and immigration.

Fun Fact: Big into Pinterest.

Emily Greenblatt

Emily Greenblatt

Before MIIS: Nannying abroad in Italy

Career Goal: Work as an adviser/director of an alternative work, volunteer, or intern abroad program.​

Fun Fact: Backpacked solo in South America.

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Eric M. Chávez*

Before MIIS: Working as a marketing and operations analyst in Silicon Valley.

Career Goal: Work in international development with a focus on education for an organization like UNESCO.

Fun Fact: Loves flannel.

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Kaela Conroy

Before MIIS: Taught English in Spain, taught in a Montessori school in Massachusetts.​

Career Goal: Work in a study abroad office in a college or university in Boston. Encourage students to explore the world through international education experiences.

Fun Fact: Danced Irish step for 6 years and loves Irish music.

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Katie Barthelow*

Before MIIS: Living and working in the interior of

Panamá with good food, lots of soccer, and my Panamanian cat, Nena.

Career Goal: To rethink, redesign, and innovate education in the US or abroad.

Fun Fact: Commuted by boat to an island of 200 people for 4th-5th grade.

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Khatab Cissokho

Before MIIS: Argosy University for bachelor's degree in Business Administration and International Studies.

Career Goal: Know about IEM and use it in UN internationally

Fun Fact: Is a performing artist: actor, dancer, drummer, and choreographer.

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Kristin Wood-Hegner*

Before MIIS: Working as a Global Security Supervisor at eBay/PayPal.

Career Goal: Work in an intercultural education non-profit.

Fun Fact: Studied henna arts in India.

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Lynn Rampe*

Before MIIS: Teaching kindergarten Spanish in Los Angeles.

Career Goal: Consult on educational policy writing.

Fun Fact: Read Harry Potter in 3 languages.

Maria Gleason-Maddox

Maria Gleason-Maddox

Before MIIS: Working with bilingual elementary students to improve their reading and writing skills in English and Spanish.

Career Goal: Become an adviser for study abroad programs at a university... maybe...

Fun Fact: I've been in three places at once.

Michelle Gloster

Michelle Gloster

Before MIIS: Teaching and running a short-term program for international high school students

Career Goal: Working for IIE or with international students in the U.S. in some capacity

Fun Fact: Taught English in Thailand for a year

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Peter Seilheimer

Before MIIS: Teaching at a German-immersion Pre-K - Elementary school.

Career Goal: Director of a study abroad program in Germany.

Fun Fact: Favorite books are kids' books.

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Stephanie Rosenbaum*

Before MIIS: Traveling, writing, and working as admin manager for Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra

Career Goal: Work in the field of international educational development.

Fun Fact: Legally blind without contacts or glasses!

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Sydney McLoughlin

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Thailand to children and adults.

Career Goal: Study abroad adviser at a university.

Fun Fact: Loves traveling.

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Tessa Fancher*

Before MIIS: International student volunteer program coordinator in Vermont.

Career Goal: Work in Higher Education with US or foreign students.

Fun Fact: Speaks Spanish and hopes to learn Portuguese.

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Three Guillory III*

Before MIIS: Participated in grassroots internationalization. Taught English in Japan.

Career Goal: Gainfully employed in Japan, or working to benefit children around the world.

Fun Fact: Owned and travelled with my harp for years, and still can't play it.

Tillie Gottlieb

Tillie Gottlieb

Before MIIS: Freelance writer and marketing associate in Seattle after two years of Admissions for Whitman College.

Career Goal: Manage a study abroad program or student services/college counseling in an International School in a major European city.

Fun Fact: Healthy addiction to York Peppermint Patties

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Tobias Joel*

Before MIIS: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Indonesia.

Career Goal: Work toward global understanding and social change through study abroad/exchange.

Fun Fact: Set a jump-rope record in middle school.

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Gisselle Arce

Before MIIS: Before arriving at MIIS I was working in education both in the US and abroad. I was a teacher’s assistant in New Jersey and in Chile.

Career Goal: I want to be working as a study abroad adviser at a university.

Fun Fact: I was in choir for 11 years.

Arnold, Kylee

Kylee Arnold

Before MIIS: City of Osaka Native English teacher at seven public schools, active with staff and curriculum development.

Career Goal: Work in a study abroad program at a university, supporting Japanese students and professionals studying abroad.

Fun Fact: I love to sing opera!

Beck, Victoria

Nicole Beck

Before MIIS: Jackson, Alabama.

Career Goal: I would love to be working as an on site advisor for a study abroad company in Spain.

Fun Fact: I love coffee, and I absolutely love to bake!

Bell, Lauren

Lauren Bell

Before MIIS: Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, partnered with a USAID funded project, ADVAN/CE.

Career Goal: Working in some facet of international education in a job that I love.

Fun Fact: I have achieved one of my goals for visiting 30 countries before the age of 30.

Brooker, Noelle

Noelle Brooker*

Before MIIS: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Career Goal: Working with students studying abroad.

Fun Fact: I’ve never gotten sick while traveling. Alhumdallah. Knock on wood.

Byram, Katelyn

Katelyn Byram

Before MIIS: Graduated from Ohio University with a BA in International Studies and BS in Communication Studies. Worked a couple of temp jobs this past year while deciding what I wanted to do.

Career Goal: Working at a university with study abroad or advising international students.

Fun Fact: I love the ocean, but I get terribly seasick.

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Alex Evans

Before MIIS: Working for Walt Disney World in Florida developing and translating resources for use by French correspondents and sales teams.

Career Goal: Study Abroad coordinator or Language Program Administrator in the US or abroad.

Fun Fact: I’ve lived on five continents.

Forster, Gabriella

Gabriella Forster

Before MIIS: Two years ago, I was working at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year I was an English teaching assistant in the south of France.

Career Goal: Working in a university, helping send domestic students abroad and receiving international students.

Fun Fact: Fresh baked French baguettes are my weakness.

Gilhuly, Lauren

Lauren Gilhuly

Before MIIS: Taught middle school English in Phoenix, Arizona through Teach for America, and high school English for a year in Grenoble, France. Worked at a tech Company in San Francisco this past year.

Career Goal: Teach at the middle-school/high-school level and coordinate an international exchange for my students.

Fun Fact: S’mores are my favorite food.

Go, Sarah

Sarah Yeonghong Go

Before MIIS: I was in South Korea teaching an English immersion program at Seoul Women’s University.

Career Goal: Work for an American University managing their international education program.

Fun Fact: I have run four marathons and I will be running the Big Sur marathon on April 24, 2016!

Gras, Samuel

Samuel Gras

Before MIIS: Studying, living, traveling, speaking, listening, and eating in Slovenia and Italy.

Career Goal: Helping international students and meeting new international friends.

Fun Fact: I write poetry in Slovene and Italian, but it likely won’t be appreciated in my lifetime.

Haas, Maren

Maren Haas

Before MIIS: I was serving in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2013, then working for NOLS in Wyoming.

Career Goal: In 2-5 years, I would love to be developing new study abroad program for an international programs organization.

Fun Fact: My favorite animal is a narwhale.

Healy, Kaitlin

Kaitlin Healy

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Taiwan for a private company while taking Chinese classes with a tutor.

Career Goal: Work with incoming international students, specifically from mainland China and Taiwan. Also interested in faculty-led study abroad programs to mainland China or Taiwan.

Fun Fact: I have two rescue cats from Taiwan!

Hillgartner, Dashiell

Dashiell Hillgartner

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Chile.

Career Goal: Working for a service oriented study abroad program.

Fun Fact: I attended Elf School in Iceland.

Jiang, Jun

Jun Jiang

Before MIIS: CIEE Nanjing Study Center, China.

Career Goal: Directing a study abroad program.

Fun Fact: Love exploring though I’m directionally challenged.

Keller, Morgan

Morgan Keller

Before MIIS: I spent the last eight years teaching English in Kagoshima, Japan.

Career Goal: I would like to be working in international education at a university in the Pacific Northwest.

Fun Fact: I am a shochu (Japanese sweet potato liquor) aficionado.

Kelley, Julia

Julia Kelley

Before MIIS: Working as a “lectrice d’anglais,” teaching English at Universié Lille 3 in Lille, France.

Career Goal: Develop study abroad programs for music and arts students.

Fun Fact: I just graduated from a French music conservatory. Professional clarinetist, amateur ukulele and bagpipe player.

Kern, Meredith

Meredith Kern

Before MIIS: I was studying International Relations and European Studies at Connecticut College.

Career Goal: I hope to be working for an international education company or at a university in the US or abroad.

Fun Fact: I enjoy hiking and traveling.

Lamdin, Caitlyn

Caitlyn Lamdin

Before MIIS: 2012 Teach for America Corps member teaching high school French in the Mississippi Delta.

Career Goal: Expand world language and international travel opportunities to low-income students.

Fun Fact: I used to teach kids how to tie dye at the Ben & Jerry’s tour factory in Waterbury, Vermont.

Lavallee, Chelsea

Chelsea Lavallee*

Before MIIS: Program coordinator at an ESL school in Boston. TAPIF Program in Bordeaux.

Career Goal: Working at the intersection of education and international development.

Fun Fact: I can eat more pancakes than anyone I know.

Li, Nan

Nan Li

Before MIIS: President's assistant/interpreter in a landscaping firm, participating in presentations, planning meetings, and accompanying the president overseas. After that I worked as a senior course consultant at EF.

Career Goal: International study program manager / overseas educational.

Fun Fact: I love photography.

Lucas, Julia

Julia Lucas

Before MIIS: Before arriving at MIIS, I was teaching English at an elementary school in Salamanca, Spain.

Career Goal: In the future, I would love to work as a study abroad adviser.

Fun Fact: I love dancing salsa!

Mallow, Karmen

Karmen Mallow

Before MIIS: Two years ago I was doing a working holiday in Australia. Last year I returned to America and worked with an online TEFL Company teaching business learners in Korea.

Career Goal: Work in some area of marketing and recruitment.

Fun Fact: Grew up in a remodeled cheese factory in Wisconsin.

McSwain, Scott

Scott McSwain

Before MIIS: Walt Disney World and before that Morocco.

Career Goal: Working with international students in higher education.

Fun Fact: I grew up on a dairy farm and used to churn butter for the family.

Miller, Whitney

Whitney Miller

Before MIIS: Phoenix, Arizona.

Career Goal: Working in the study abroad fields in higher education.

Fun Fact: I play four-mallet marimba.

Ngo, Darius

Darius Ngo

Before MIIS: Working various administrative and operations roles in the San Francisco tech and private law sectors.

Career Goal: A study abroad adviser or working with international student services.

Fun Fact: Baby corn and okra are my favorite mini-vegetables.

Piacentini, Karla

Karla Piacentini*

Before MIIS: Stationed in the Philippines from 2012–2014, serving as an English language teacher and Maternal and Child coordinator with the Peace Corps.

Career Goal: Study abroad coordinator, either domestically or abroad. I also see a career in the Foreign Service and/or the Peace Corps.

Fun Fact: I ride motorcycles.

Ren, Cathy

Cathy Ren

Before MIIS: Missouri State University for undergrad studies and taught IELTS and TOFEL as a part-time tutor.

Career Goal: International organizations, universities, or colleges that operate international education programs.

Fun Fact: I am allergic to alcohol, so it’s kind of a bummer for living in the US.

Robertson, Rianna

Rianna Robertson

Before MIIS: Working part-time jobs in the IEM field in addition to full-time work that wasn’t very fulfilling.

Career Goal: Working a job I love in the IEM field, where exactly TBD.

Fun Fact: I’ve visited more countries than US states.

Saba, Meredith

Meredith Saba

Before MIIS: Worked at UC Davis for several years, earned a TESOL certification in the UK, and taught in China for a year.

Career Goal: Working in a study abroad office or with international students at a large research university.

Fun Fact: Spent a year backpacking in 28 countries on 6 continents.

Schrader, Jessica

Jessica Schrader

Before MIIS: Teaching English to elementary students in Madrid, Spain.

Career Goal: Helping university students achieve their study abroad goals.

Fun Fact: I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade.

Sheffield, Rebecca

Rebecca Sheffield

Before MIIS: Working for 2 years in Eugene, Oregon at a nonprofit organization focused on early childhood education.

Career Goal: In the future I hope to be working either as an adviser in a university international programs office, or as a site coordinator at a private study abroad organization

Fun Fact: I love to color!

Silva, Bianca

Bianca Silva

Before MIIS: Teaching ESL in South Korea.

Career Goal: Working on-site with students who are studying abroad.

Fun Fact: I know pi to the ninth digit. No, that has never been useful.

Sodorf, Stephanie

Stephanie Sodorf

Before MIIS: In Denmark working with study abroad, both in- and outbound

Career Goal: Somewhere in Europe working with either incoming students or higher education.

Fun Fact: I don’t like carbonation.

Sommerfeld, Kaitlin

Kaitlin Sommerfeld

Before MIIS: I graduated with a BA in Hispanic Studies in May 2015 from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Career Goal: I would love to work abroad for several years in the study abroad field, preferably in a Spanish-speaking country.

Fun Fact: Leslie Knope is my spirit animal.

Tantillo, Jenna

Jenna Tantillo

Before MIIS: In Asheville, North Carolina.

Career Goal: Working for a university or private company creating study abroad programs.

Fun Fact: Until now I was living on a Alpaca ranch turning raw fiber into wearable garments.

Thomas, Sam

Sam Thomas

Before MIIS: Second grade teacher in sunny South Florida and worked in a low-income community.

Career Goal: Making a difference in the world, either with children and education or working with a NPO related to global health.

Fun Fact: One of my life goals is to visit every national Park.

Troxel, Ashton

Ashton Troxel

Before MIIS: Earning my bachelors degree in International Studies and French at Missouri Southern State University.

Career Goal: I’d love to be working in a study abroad office and taking students on short-term study abroad trips.

Fun Fact: I’ve swam with manatees and stingrays in their natural habitat.

Unher, Hannah

Hannah Unher*

Before MIIS: I was living in Japan, teaching at a theater school and also working as a safety instructor at an outdoor athletic zipline park.

Career Goal: Back in Japan working (at a university or Institute) as a study abroad program coordinator.

Fun Fact: Born and raised in Japan. I love outdoor activities.

Vargas, Rosanna

Rosanna Vargas Rivera

Before MIIS: Teaching in Santo Domingo, designing and leading workshops to train rural teachers and TOEFL and GRE preparation.

Career Goal: Lead an organization to improve cultural understanding and provide experiences abroad.

Fun Fact: I do NOT like to wear jeans.

Waas, John

John (Jack) Waas*

Before MIIS: I was working as an adult education coordinator at a nonprofit in Chicago.

Career Goal: Working in a study abroad nonprofit or in higher Ed.

Fun Fact: I play the bagpipes.

Walter, Kathryn

Kathryn (Katie) Walter

Before MIIS: I graduated from Iowa State in 2014 and then spent the last year traveling in Latin America and then as an au pair in Germany.

Career Goal: Study abroad coordinator either in USA or abroad.

Fun Fact: I make THE best guacamole!

Whitley, Sarah

Sarah Whitley*

Before MIIS: Lived in South Korea from 2012 to 2015, teaching English at two technical high schools.

Career Goal: Start a study-abroad program or a school that facilitates under-performing and/or low-income Korean students.

Fun Fact: I make the best Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake the world has ever known.

Williams, Janelle

Janelle Williams

Before MIIS: Public elementary school teacher in Sacramento, California.

Career Goal: Working with support developing a study abroad program that provides the opportunity for low-income students to travel with little or no cost to them and their family.

Wilson, Katy

Katy Wilson*

Before MIIS: English language and Anglophone culture teacher at an engineering school in Reims, France.

Career Goal: Facilitating better cultural understanding and individual advising for higher or secondary education international students (in Europe!).

Yamada, Ayako

Ayako Yamada*

Before MIIS: Consul at the Japanese Consulate in Chicago.

Career Goal: Work at a university making a bridge between faculty and admin staff in the international center and career center.

Fun Fact: I enjoyed bungee jumping so much I jumped backwards the second time.

Yochim, Kevin

Kevin Yochim

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Murcia, Spain.

Career Goal: Either working in higher education or working to create more study abroad opportunities for high school students.

Fun Fact: I am an excellent cribbage player.

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Caroline Zeiher

Before MIIS: The JET Programme in Japan, teaching English at a high school!

Career Goal: Working for a study-abroad organization or one that designs scholarships/grants to go abroad.

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Annelise Andrade

Before MIIS: Working in the tourism/travel industry

Career Goal: Still discovering...but definitely with students!

Fun Fact: I love car karaoke

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Abbiola Ballah

Before MIIS: Working as an EFL teacher and university counselor at a high school in Tokyo, Japan

Career Goal: Developing Study abroad programs and exchanges for high school students in Trinidad and Tobago

Fun Fact: I am a master at Karaoke!

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Jenna Cotey

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Spain and at EF Seattle.

Career Goal: Working on internationalization & exchange programs for higher education or an NGO

Fun Fact: The Harry Potter series is what sparked my love of reading.  I have read the entire series more than five times and I have read the first five books in Spanish.

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Megan Dieck

Before MIIS: I graduated from undergrad in May 2015 and then worked at a daycare.

Career Goal: Not sure, somewhere working with students interested in learning languages

Fun Fact: I love dancing, ice skating, food, and learning languages.

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Ashley Gauer

Before MIIS: Small business owner; volunteer recruitment & management consultant; study abroad advisor/programs manager at USF; ESL instructor in Spain, S.E Asia, San Francisco, & Hawaii. 

Career Goal: work for or start a social impact community hub that offers language, skills, & global ed training for youth

Fun Fact: I have an odd fascination for the smell of rain, tar, paint, & old sinks. I dig black holes, bookstores, barefoot boogies…and bread.

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Charlotte Grant*

Before MIIS: I served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania in the Environment sector.  Last year I taught elementary school science at a charter school in the South Bronx.

Career Goal: I'd love to be working for the UN or similar organization in the field of Education.

Fun Fact: I have webbed toes!

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Damien Lazzari*

Before MIIS: Peace Corps Ecuador

Career Goal: I hope to be starting an international school.

Fun Fact: My middle name is Francis.

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Heather Rahimi

Before MIIS: I was roaming the world and exploring many different career paths.  My positions ranged from working as an archaeologist in Peru to teaching pre-school in California.

Career Goal: Working as a Program Coordinator in a university's Study Abroad office.

Fun Fact: I unwrapped a mummy bundle last year.

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Jake Reckford

Before MIIS: Teach in Thailand Program Coordinator for CIEE and OEG in Bangkok, International Student Admissions at Chemeketa Community College, and Leader for the first Experiment in International Living program in Vietnam. 

Career Goal: Country/Program Director for a third-party provider; starting my own study abroad program

Fun Fact: I once sang the National Anthem at a Denver Broncos game.

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Clarissa Stewart

Before MIIS: I worked in Japan teaching English for five years on the JET Program.

Career Goal: I want to have a job where I can support students and help them have great learning experiences.

Fun Fact: I love cooking and baking food from all over the world.

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Will Stewart*

Before MIIS: NYC, Morocco

Career Goal: Foreign Service, USAID, UN

Fun Fact: I brew beer.

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Yuki Ueda

Before MIIS: Scholarship programs and administration for AAPI Scholars in the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Career Goal: Developing programs that support international exchange and promote diversity in higher education

Fun Fact: I'm a big Arsenal fan!

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Daniel Watson

Before MIIS: I spent the last three years in Spain teaching English and improving my Spanish.

Career Goal: I would like to work as a study abroad advisor in a university.

Fun Fact: I have played the violin for 17 years.