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Alumni Profiles

After attending LIU Global, our graduates become extremely successful professionals working in a variety of fields (education, government, business, arts, journalism, social work, etc.) and for very prestigious organizations (NGO's, Peace Corps, UNICEF, UNESCO, etc.). When applying for jobs, their unique experiences and skills make them stand out among fellow candidates. Read on to see what these recent alumni have to say about their LIU Global experiences.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, Class of 2010
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
During my last semester of LIU Global I became interested in nutrition and growing food sustainably. After graduation my family and I started a vegetable garden in the backyard. After working at Girl Scout Camp for the summer where I implemented a composting program I took a trip across the United States to experience places I had never seen. It was illuminating and my travelling skills from LIU Global -especially CRC- came in handy. I culminated the trip by working at an organic farm in Alabama. I returned home in September renewed and quickly found a job in a local chiropractor's office due to the many internships I held during LIU Global, my wide range of experience, and my ability to learn quickly. While I worked I volunteered at the Garrison Institute and with Kids to Kids International. In March I began an Ayurvedic Nutritional Counseling course at the NYOC and in October I will be an American Drugless Practitioners Certified Holistic Health Counselor. In April, following my passions, I began a paid apprenticeship on a farm in Highland, NY. I plan to integrate these skills moving forward for the benefit of the local and global community.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
My education at LIU Global allowed me to dive deeply and quickly into a wide range of topics of my interest, which honed my discerning, critical thinking and learning abilities. I would not have been challenged and forced to wake up academically at a traditional college. I transferred to LIU Global my sophomore year. Prior to LIU Global I could get by without studying for tests or doing assigned readings, I had no passion for learning. The structure of an LIU Global education forced me to be accountable for my education and ignited my desire to learn. The exposure to the world I gained through learning with LIU Global in China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey and Brooklyn covering a broad expanse of topics broadened my perspective and fostered new interests.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
LIU Global improved my computer, communications and writing skills. During the capstone semester the classes and support for resume writing and interviewing gave me confidence when applying to jobs and internships. My independent study semester instilled diligence while my internships gave me valuable work experience.

Sarah Donnella, Class of 2010
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
Since graduating from LIU Global I have attended the summer Japanese immersion program at Middlebury College and gotten a job teaching English in Japan. After the earthquake/tsunami I moved back home and am currently applying to grad school.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
I applied to LIU Global/Friends World because it had always been my dream to go to Japan, and I was able to spend four semesters there in college. While in Japan I began studying the koto, a traditional Japanese zither, and I continued to study the koto with a teacher in NYC while I was a student in Brooklyn and even now, living in Philadelphia. I have also continued to study Japanese. My capstone internship was at the Tenri Cultural Institute, where I taught Japanese and was able to work with many different artists and musicians from all over the world. I think LIU Global really provided me with a concrete connection to something that had been a longtime, but very abstract, passion and I'm extremely grateful for that.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
Aside from some very obvious answers about learning Spanish and Japanese and improving my writing skills, I would say that LIU Global helped prepare me to become a successful professional by forcing me to get over myself and grow up. I was painfully shy when I began college and still am, but in college I had to learn how to master it and get things done. This school really forces students to find their strength and develop a sense of self-motivation and independence.

Nicoletta Bumbac

Nicoletta Bumbac, Class of 2009
Hometown: Queens, New York

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
Since graduating I have moved to London to pursue an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology at University College London, right now I am working on my dissertation to focus on legal anthropology and the promotion of human rights using legal frameworks in Eastern Europe.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
LIU Global promotes independent thinking while providing a supportive learning atmosphere and one-on-one advising that has greatly helped to shape my academic and career interests. The opportunity to conduct independent research combined with group learning activities gives you the best of both worlds; a chance to be proactive in your learning and take responsibility for your academic path, while gaining an immense awareness of global issues in the classroom and outside in the culture you are studying through field trips with fellow students and staff. My most memorable experiences have taken place during field trips where classroom theories came to life during hands-on activities in local communities.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
LIU Global empowered me to be confident in my experiences and interactions with persons I encounter on a daily basis whether it be professional or colloquial. My experiences at LIU Global influenced me in a holistic way, achieving both academic and intercultural awareness while improving my communication and foreign language skills. The research skills gained during my undergraduate years has helped significantly in my graduate studies. I believe my refreshingly different educational experiences has appealed to both employers I've worked for and also the academic institutions I've spoken with during my grad school applications process.

Melissa Sherman

Melissa Sherman, Class of 2009
Hometown: Hampton Bays, New York

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
Since graduating from LIU Global I worked briefly in a book packaging company as a publishing assistant, but that really did not use many of my skills from school and I was not very satisfied with the work. Now I am the Training & Employment Manager at PathStone Corporation's Riverhead office. This is a non-profit organization that helps migrant and immigrant farm workers become self-sustainable through advocacy, residential assistance, language tutoring, and vocational trainings.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
While I attended the Costa Rica Center, there was one field trip where we were taken to some of the poorest areas and saw people who lived in houses made of tires, slept on dirt floors, and who drank from polluted streams of water. It was heart breaking. Having this experience and many like it in other countries allowed me to see that there were impoverished everywhere, even in our own backyards, and this realization has influenced my decision to be in a position where I deal directly with social injustices and people who barely make a living. Being able to learn the language also made getting my job possible as the farm workers I deal with usually only speak Spanish.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
I think the LIU Global experience is so unique because it allows the student to shape their own course of learning and be responsible for it. How this helped me professionally is that being able to make my own decisions allowed me to look outside of the box of normal courses and continue to do so in my current line of work. For example when I was at LIU Global, I did not just have a class in sociology. I had a class in the social patterns of a society based on its history, linguistic differences, and western influence. How that helps me today is that I do not just look at a person and think of what they have done in the past and who society has made them to be, I try to understand their motives, their dreams, and see how to make it happen. I would not have been able to develop this type of thinking without having attended LIU Global.

Christina von Roedern

Christina von Roedern, Class of 2009
Hometown: Golden, Colorado

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
I graduated from the Friends World Program [now LIU Global] in spring 2009. The first year after my graduation, I spent a year soul searching with a group of amazing kindergartners at the Southern Ute Montessori Head Start Program in Southwest Colorado. Along the way I applied for and received a fellowship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program that is funding a one year exchange in Germany. I'm now in the last months of my exchange and I'm currently working on an organic farm for the internship phase of the program. After the end of my fellowship, I will continue to work on the farm and will be attending an agricultural trade school here in central Germany.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
Friends World [now LIU Global] offered me the context in which I was able to discover where I want to direct my energy in life and what in turn provides me with energy... farming. My first semester at the Latin American Center [now Costa Rica Center] exposed me for the first time to many different styles of farming from subsistence farms to commercial banana plantations. Where and how my food was produced had never before been such a real experience or even consideration for me until that semester and something just clicked. From that semester on, Friends World [now LIU Global] gave me the educational freedom to explore every aspect of agriculture that I could pack into 128 credits. I'm thankful for having had the chance to learn, not just the corresponding facts and statistics, but to have learned what it is I'm truly passionate about and how to mold myself in the context of that passion.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
The Friends World Program [now LIU Global] creates a backdrop, or many backdrops for that matter, against which one is able to get to know oneself. In that respect, I have had success in becoming a self-aware individual and knowing that I have the capacity to problem-solve. In terms of a career, I'm still in an exploratory phase of my life but I have confidence that I'm on a good path. I may have chosen an unorthodox professional path but I look forward to having the experience and know-how to one day be a 'successful farmer.'

Angelica Ong

Anjelica Ong, Class of 2008
Hometown: Ventura County, California

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
I graduated from LIU Global May of 2008, and about two weeks after that I started graduate school at Bank Street College of Education specializing in Museum Education (because of my passion for the arts and culture, and working with children). While obtaining my masters I was interning at museums and cultural institutions in New York City and in my second year of grad school was an Associate Kindergarten Teacher in New Jersey. After finishing school I decided to return to the west coast where I am originally from, to spend time with my family. Since then I have become an Adaptive Skills Instructor for children with developmental disabilities in Ventura County, California. Currently I am working on finishing requirements to receive my teaching certification, and in the fall plan on going to Appalachia to do long-term volunteer work with an organization that addresses the issues of high rates of poverty, substandard housing, low education levels, domestic violence, substance abuse, hunger and depression, in 11 of Kentucky's poorest counties. Eventually I plan on returning to school to pursue a doctorate in education.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
I transferred to LIU Global having first tried the more "traditional" schooling. The reason was because I essentially wasn't happy with where I was at, even though many would consider the university I had attended to be a great one; it just wasn't for me. I wanted to experience something different that would be able to challenge my ideas of the world and myself. I never regretted that decision of leaving my comfort zone to pursue a much more challenging, engaging, and more "progressive" program. The curriculum was very personalized; the school catered so thoughtfully to my personal interests and passions. For me my passion was the arts; I was able to live in China for a year doing independent research projects on Traditional and Modern Chinese Art; and then finish my studies with LIU Global with a year in New York City (where the arts are everywhere) and interned at museums. I was able to be fully submerged in not just the subject I was passionate about, but I was surrounded by every part of Chinese and New York culture. By the end I can tell people that I have been able to visit some of the best museums, galleries, and art schools in China; interview a gallery owner in Shanghai; get published in a magazine in Hangzhou; teach children English at a the local Hangzhou Children's Library; study and observe, first hand, the arts, scholarship, and education of China; develop international connections; and so much more. I feel lucky to have not just been able to live in China and New York (having grown up in southern California), but be doing all of this while in a small, supportive, encouraging, and inspiring community of diverse learners. I can now say that I have some international experience, and have been challenged by this program to think critically of the world and myself. I have always been passionate about the arts and education and open-minded about different cultures; but after attending LIU Global, culture and diversity is something that I get excited about and have a much deeper respect and understanding for. It has made me someone that seeks out adventure, shown me what it feels like to do what I love, proved the importance of reflection, given me the opportunity to do in-depth research in preparation of graduate school, and validated my feelings of being a life-long learner.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
It has made me a more critical thinker, a problem solver, and provided me with the international experience to really be able to understand and respect other cultures. Through globalization, it becomes increasingly important to become familiar with other cultures-knowing about cultural customs or traditions, languages, even cultural history. Many people may consider these differences as barriers, but with having an experience such as the one I have had with LIU Global I see these encounters as an opportunity to cross bridges and be united in our diversity. I don't think I could have the understanding and respect I have now for people of different nationalities without knowing how it feels to live in a culture very different than my own, to study it while living in it, and to have a dialogue with friends I have made from that region. I became an active listener, a risk taker, and an individual that has a sincere admiration for others that want to expand their perspective. I see my experience with LIU Global to have both been an influential stepping stone in becoming a successful professional, but also a more active and thoughtful member of society.

Brittany Boroian

Brittany Boroian, Class of 2010
Hometown: Highland Beach, Florida

What have you been up to since graduating from LIU Global?
Immediately after graduating LIU Global I took a five-month fellowship with Kiva, an online micro-finance P2P lending website. My placement was with one of Kiva's field partners and Kenya's premier micro-finance institution, Faulu Kenya. Concurrently, I was promoted to President of iShop4Microfinance.org, an online start-up that I manage to the present. We are currently gearing up to raise $25,000 to increase our marketing strategy and create a downloadable toolbar for our website. Finally, in May 2011 I will be joining the Peace Corps as a business development volunteer in Paraguay. In the long-term future, I plan to get an MBA and pursue a career of business development in emerging markets.

How did your experiences in LIU Global help shape and define your interests and who you are today?
Before LIU Global, I attended a prestigious private preparatory high school. I did well there, but I did not have a love of learning. LIU Global's most invaluable gift to me was a deep love of learning. So many of our experiences at LIU Global involve being out in the world and seeing things for ourselves, rather than reading it in a book in a classroom. There are things today that I find myself extremely interested in and passionate about for the sake of it. I am an avid lover of books around the world ranging from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of Nigeria to Haruki Murakami of Japan, from Rohinton Mistry of India to Milan Kundera of the Czech Republic. I now read the New York Times and the Economist, follow TED talks religiously, and my favorite films are all foreign. Because of LIU Global, I consider myself a proud citizen of the world.

How do you think LIU Global prepared you to become a successful professional?
The true purpose of education is to stimulate the creativity and the passions of the student body. In my opinion LIU Global succeeds in that regard over the most elite schools in the world. Because of LIU Global, I have traveled to 30 countries over the past three years; a huge feat for someone who is merely 22 years old. I pursued micro-finance at my own choosing because of the opportunities I had during LIU Global's programs, and I was able to work with three different micro-finance organizations over three continents, plus an internship in with a non-profit global venture fund in New York. When I graduated in 2010, I had a resume that was incomparable to any other person my age, a field that I had found on my own accord that I am intensely passionate about, and worldly experience and perspective that are becoming ever-more important in a globalizing society. In a world where the workforce is increasingly competitive, I've found that having such a unique background is both highly valued and appreciated.