Thursday, December 5, 2013

Meet the HNC International Admissions Team!

The HNC International Admissions Team
Have you ever wondered who is processing your STAMP tests, reading your applications as part of the admissions committee, and tweeting on behalf of the HNC?  Now that we're all back from fall recruiting, 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.  In addition, some of us are graduates of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center certificate program so can speak firsthand to the student and alumni experience.

Katie Brooks, Admissions Officer:  
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 HNC alumni community in DC, Katie is also pursuing a master's degree part-time in International Education at George Washington University.

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.

Sallie You, Admissions Coordinator:
Raised in Michigan, Sallie attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Journalism. Sallie has previously worked at Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences as an Admissions Coordinator and has experience in East Asian studies. Sallie is currently pursuing a MA in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University part-time while working for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She recently completed her first recruiting season and loved traveling to different universities and talking to prospective students about their passions and career goals.