When I graduated from the University of Washington with my French degree, I was given a book about great jobs for foreign language majors. This not-so-insightful volume included a sum total of three jobs: high school French teacher, interpreter, and my personal favorite: spy. While the latter seemed more than a bit improbable for me, I didn’t expect to work for my alma mater, either! Even so, helping UW students in various ways quickly proved to be a natural fit for me, and has been for over thirteen years.
After studying abroad during my senior year at the Université Paul Valery in Montpellier, France, I started working in the UW Study Abroad Office, encouraging and enabling students to do the same. After three years working in UW student services, a similar mindset led me to academic advising in the UW English Department in 2006. Now, after ten years advising students in English, I’m thrilled to be working in the ISS program, which builds on my interest in cultural diversity and social responsibility, as well as my love of writing and literature—particularly in my chosen genres of fantasy and science fiction (SF&F). Some of the best SF&F stories explore social issues and human problems that exist in our world by taking the reader to another.
Both my literary travels and the time I've spent in France and Japan have opened my eyes to all kinds of cultural differences and global issues, and have provided new perspectives on my own country and culture. Having juggled my writing work with job and family commitments for several years, I can also understand some of the challenges our students face when balancing their complex lives with their ISS coursework.
I am excited to work with the diverse group of students who come into the ISS program. I look forward to helping them find their intellectual home in ISS, and to accomplish their goal of earning a UW degree.