The Office of Global Education and Partnerships is pleased to announce the addition of Christina Accomando as Program Coordinator. She is eager to mentor students through the study abroad process so they can have incredible life-changing experiences. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Christina!
Hi Christina, how are you enjoying working at Global Education so far?
I really enjoy working at the Global Education Office and I knew I would when I interviewed. I sincerely believe in the magic of studying abroad and everything it can do for college students. I love interacting with the students, helping them discover their goals and navigating their options. Since I am learning a completely new field, I look forward to having a full academic cycle under my belt. I am excited for my first group of outgoing students to return to Millersville, so I can see their amazing photos and hear their stories!
What college did you attend and what did you major in?
I attended Connecticut College, which is a small, residential, liberal arts college in New London Connecticut. It has about 1600 undergraduates. I was a Fine Art major and a Philosophy minor.
Have you had any study abroad or travel experience? If so, where did you go and for how long?
I was fortunate to grow up with a family who loves travel, so before I entered College I had seen a lot of the world. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and had the opportunity to visit Pisa, Lucca, Venice, Rome and Cinque Terre in Italy. During my semester I also traveled to Dublin, Ireland, Brussels in Belgium and the Netherlands. My only regret was not going to Prague in the Czech Republic. I was thinking about doing my semester abroad there.
What attracted you to apply to be a study abroad Program Coordinator at Millersville?
When I worked for the Office of Admission at Franklin & Marshall, I enjoyed speaking to prospective students about the potential opportunities they have to study abroad and the details behind those experiences. I was attracted to the Program Coordinator position because I really enjoy mentoring and guiding college students and I believe that Study Abroad can be a life changing experience. The Global Education position was perfect.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’ve thought about this a lot since I started working here and it would be easier if I could give you a top five list. But, since I can only pick one, on the top of my bucket list is to see the Northern Lights. I would like to go to Sweden, Norway or Finland, cross my fingers and hope the lights will put on a show. I’d like to go there in the summer when the sun barely goes down, but apparently the time to go for the lights is September through March. I guess I’ll have to go twice!
What is a typical day like at the Office of Global Education?
Because we work around an academic cycle, no two days seem to be the same. I am learning so much about how the year progresses and what to expect around the corner. I can say we are always busy and the day tends to be too short.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love the outdoors. I enjoy spending time with my family on walks and at the park or on hikes in the area. I love to garden and do projects around our house. Otherwise, I love trying new restaurants, entertaining friends, reading, going to the movies, sporting events and concerts.
What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?
Fun fact: I taught Taylor Swift horseback riding lessons when I was in College…she was about 10 years old.
Feel free to stop by our office and meet Christina! She would be happy to chat with you.