I grew up in Hortonville, a classic rural town in Wisconsin. During my senior year in high school, I studied abroad in Loxstedt, Germany, and my life changed. My small-town mind started to become globally oriented.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts at St. Norbert College where I majored in international studies, German, and political science. I returned to Germany in 2004 to spend a semester at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.
Shortly after graduating from St. Norbert, I moved to Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer. For two years, I lived in the village of Nova Ushytsia and taught English to students in grades six through eleven. I also engaged in several community development projects, experienced Eastern Europe, and ate too much salo. Enjoy my digital story on my Peace Corps experience:
Upon my return to the States, I relocated to Brattleboro, Vermont, where I completed my studies at the SIT Graduate Institute for my Master of Arts in International Education. I navigated back to Wisconsin and worked as a study abroad advisor at my alma mater for four years.
I’m currently making progress on my Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Bowling Green State University. My primary research interests focus on community engagement in the context of South African higher education. I also serve as the Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Programs in the Office of Service-Learning.
I spent my summer working in the Office of Leadership & Social Responsibility at the University of the Western Cape. I’ll return to South Africa this summer when I co-lead a study tour for master’s and doctoral students.