Thursday, December 20, 2012

Meet the HNC Admissions Team!

Have you ever wondered who is processing your CAL tests, reading your applications as part of the admissions committee, and tweeting on behalf of the HNC?  Meet the HNC international admissions team!  We are based in Washington, DC so that we can support you every step of the way on your journey from applicant to student.  You'll hear from us about everything from the application process and financial aid to visas, billing, and pre-departure information.  Even better, we are all graduates of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center certificate program so can speak firsthand to the student and alumni experience.

Katie Brooks, Admissions Officer: 
The HNC International Admissions Team

Now based in Washington, Katie previously spent four years living in China and Singapore.  An alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is also a 2009 graduate of the Certificate program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. After completing the Certificate program, she spent one year working for a US-China academic exchange program before joining the HNC international admissions team in June of 2010.  An active member of the DC alumni community, Katie has also enjoyed connecting with alumni all over the world while hosting alumni events in New York, London, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore.

Margaux Fimbres, Admissions Coordinator:
Originally from California, Margaux studied International Studies and Chinese at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. After graduation, she attended the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s Certificate program. “Conducting interviews for a field research project in Anhui province as well as being a member of the Dragonboat team were definite highlights of my Center experience,” she says. Margaux is now based in Washington, DC and loves talking to prospective students about her time at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Lauren Szymanski, Admissions Coordinator:
Lauren graduated from McGill University in 2011, with a major in East Asian Studies, and a minor in Chinese Language. After graduating, she completed an intensive summer language program in Kunming, China before attending the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s Certificate program in the fall. While at the Center, Lauren enjoyed the sense of community among the students, both Chinese and International, especially after having studied at such a large undergraduate institution. “Living with a Chinese roommate was by far my favorite aspect of living at the Center, and my roommate and I still communicate regularly by e-mail.” Lauren graduated from the HNC in June of 2012, and is now living in Washington, DC.