Assistant Director, Study Abroad
My role: I advise for all programs based in Africa and the Middle East, as well as Denmark, Germany, and Russia. This role includes working with students before, during, and after their study abroad experiences. That being said, I am always available to chat about all things international.
Why I find my work important: My passion is to inspire others to continually learn, explore, and discover the world around them, in hopes that they will recognize the immense value of a cross-cultural understanding. Each new person you meet and every new city you visit has a unique story to tell which can speak to people from all different walks of life. I truly believe that there is a study abroad experience to fit each and every person and my goal is to ensure everyone is able to discover theirs!
Professional background: My personal international education journey began early as a participant on a high school service learning trip to Costa Rica and a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Irvine (zot zot!), I spent a year working as an Au Pair in Brisbane, Australia. As these three international exposures had an immense impact on my life, I wanted to find a career in which I could inspire others to have similar experiences. To learn the many facets of international education, I decided to attend the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California where I received a master’s degree in international education management. While pursuing my degree, I was fortunate enough to work with both Partners in Health in Rwanda, and serve on-site as a Student Services Intern with a study abroad program in Strasbourg, France. I look forward to continuing this journey here at Notre Dame.
My favorite place(s): Although it is impossible for me to label one place as my favorite, a few moments that stand out are: making Imigongo in Nyakarambi, Rwanda, cooking Kao Soi curry in Chiang Mai, Thailand, crossing Abbey Road in London, bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand, and lighthouse hunting in Portland, Maine.
About me: Some of my favorite moments at home and abroad, involve cooking and learning about food. In my opinion, traditional dishes allow a traveler an insider’s look into a region, a culture, or a family, and tell an authentic story which could go unnoticed otherwise. I try to incorporate some kind of food-related excursion into all of my travels and then spend my time at home trying to recreate these experiences. In my free time, I also enjoy playing sports, running, and relaxing with my cat, Callie!
Email Laura +1 574 631 2757 • 105 Main Building