Biography in brief:
Ali did her undergraduate degree, longer ago than she would like to admit, at Colorado State University majoring in Cultural Anthropology with a double minor in Sociology and Native American Studies. After living in Japan for two years, she earned her master's degree in Higher Education and Internationalization from the University of Denver. Having studied at both a large, public university and a medium-sized private university, she always encourage students to consider size when narrowing down their college/university options.
Advice from Ali:
If you're able to, visit those colleges/universities that you're interested in. Take a tour, meet with an admission representative, and then find a place to sit on campus and observe the students. If you aren't able to visit, find ways to connect with current students virtually to get a sense of who they are and what they are doing. Can you picture yourself attending the school? If so, great! If not, you've learned something about what you don't want. It's all about finding your best fit.
Ali’s favorite spot on campus:
I wouldn't be a very good international admission counselor if my favorite spot on campus wasn't the Global Citizens Plaza. Each flag around the globe fountain represents a country where an international student came from or where Chapman students study abroad.
Ali’s best admission memory:
I'm happy to report that it happens every year! I love meeting with prospective students and supporting them through the application process. Once they are admitted and have chosen Chapman, I love welcoming new students to campus.
3 words to describe myself: witty, fun, short.
Favorite subject: anything social science related
Book you would read again: Gone Girl
Favorite summer activity: Being on the Beach
Best movie of all time: Love Actually
Favorite quote and by whom: "Carpe Carp"
Dream job: International hotel secret shopper or owner of a juice hut on the beach