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Prior to joining ASU, Kimberly designed and facilitated programs at a peace and reconciliation centre in Northern Ireland. She also worked for a member of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Kimberly is excited to work with programs that expand study abroad opportunities because she believes that international experiences and intercultural exchange promote cross-cultural understanding and personal development – and these experiences can be available for all students!
Why Kimberly works in study abroad: I believe that some of the most exciting learning occurs through experiences, and to me the ultimate experience is being outside one's comfort zone figuring out how to navigate a new place and culture. I love being a part of this process in many different ways because I think that this type of experience and learning leads to greater understanding and, ultimately, a better world.
Advice for students preparing to go abroad: Figure out a couple of things - activities or objects - that make you feel better when you're down. Often whilst abroad you'll be having an amazing time, but there may be times when you're not. What helps you cope? For me, it's a few much-loved books and DVDs in English and journaling. I think it's important to not over-utilize certain things from home, but sometimes you just need a little pick me up - and that's okay!
One of the most important lessons Kimberly learned while studying abroad or traveling: To trust myself and my ability to persevere. I never, ever, EVER thought, as a 20-year old embarking on study abroad, that I would travel alone. I have now traveled abroad alone in eleven different countries within Central and South America, Europe and Southeast Asia, including places where I did not speak the language. It is the most rewarding experience I've had, and it's led to me being more open to all different kinds of people and experiences. I try not to place limits on myself anymore; other people will do it enough.
Office Hours: Tuesdays: 1-3 p.m.; Wednesdays: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Phone: (480) 965-7192
Need an appointment outside her availability? Send her an email to request one.
Meet with Kimberly to discuss short-term Global Intensive Experience programs with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, W.P. Carey School of Business and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.