Kate Bryant is an IES Abroad College Relations Manager based in Philadelphia, PA. In this capacity, she works with colleges and universities in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to promote study abroad on their campuses. Before coming to IES Abroad, Kate worked as an International Student Advisor for both Arcadia University and AMIDEAST and taught English as a Second Language. She has a Master's Degree in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Read below to find out a bit more about Kate:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
I studied abroad in Madrid Spain through my college's program (GW-Madrid) and spent a summer in Costa Rica working on my Spanish.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend most of my free time with my kids and/or my non-profit (Families for Houston). We work to improve the public school in my neighborhood, Henry Houston Elementary, by highlighting all of the great stuff that is going on there and by trying to help bring even more programs and resources to the kids. This means hosting play dates for interested families, painting murals, picking up trash, planting flowers and volunteering at the school. Sometimes, I do all of these things at once, with my kids there. (Those days usually don't go that well.)
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
When I was a kid, I thought that I heard the sound of a voice whispering in our (very old) house. When I told my father about it, he told me "If you hear something that you think is scary, listen more closely. With a little more information, you might find out that it isn't scary after all." I think about that a lot when I feel afraid as an adult. Knowledge is power!
Tree hugging in Sydney.