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Tristin Collins
Admissions Counselor Team Lead

I was born and raised in small town Ohio. Staying close to home, I went to college 45 minutes away at Ohio University in Athens. Go Bobcats! I obtained my Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication and a minor in Psychology. After graduation I had an unshakeable urge to see more of the world. So I packed up my bags, drove what fit in my car across the country, and here I am in Phoenix, Arizona.

I started as an intern with CEA helping the Enrollment department make various types of contact to incoming students. In two short weeks I heard there was an Admissions Counselor position open, so I applied for it immediately. In this role, I have the pleasure of advising students through the study abroad process, and matching them with a program that is the best for their personal and academic goals! Now. as the Admissions Counselor Team Lead, I take on additional responsibilities to help CEA grow including helping train our new staff members.

When I am not working, I love to get outside. I enjoy hiking with friends and my Boston Terrier, Penelope. I try to find new breweries and camping spots to explore too! Traveling is slowly becoming one of my leading passions in life. Next on my list is Iceland!

Did you know? My first plane ride (and vacation) was to Costa Rica in 2016 to visit my two girlfriends who were interning abroad!

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Katherine Van Dermark
Admissions Counselor

My mom always taught me that the world wasn’t a place to be scared of. She always taught us that there was always good out there, and that you can always discover amazing things. Being in a military family, a lot of the times in my childhood it was just her and my brothers moving every couple of months. By the time I was ten I had lived in just as many places and had visited exponentially more. Traveling has always been a part of my life. My mom was always dragging us to historic sites, museums, and various places that I knew my feet would hurt from walking around by the end. For my second grade birthday, all I wanted was my own suitcase. Travelling to learn has always been a keystone in my education.

After moving 600 miles from home, I attended college at Coastal Carolina University. There, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Intercultural and International education. I also completed a minor in Global Studies. My love for study abroad blossomed after being able to spend a summer studying abroad in Tuscany Italy. Once I returned, I was able to work as an intern in our Global Engagement department being a student advisor. Being able to combine my love with traveling with my love for education was the best decision I have ever made.

When I am not at CEA (or travelling!) I love spending time involving music, art, and theater in my life. I have played and sung in various community orchestras and choirs. I also love visiting art museums or creating a new project I freshly pinned to my Pinterest board.

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