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Cierra Wilson

Enrollment Support Specialist

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, I craved a change of scenery and decided to head to the desert to attend Arizona State University. While I enjoyed every minute of life as a Sun Devil, I felt an urge to see more of the world and set my sights on studying abroad my senior year. I made my way to Galway, Ireland, and it was the best semester (and time) of my life. I was able to visit Scotland and England during my semester, but my fondest memories are certainly the time in Ireland. 

I knew I would want to continue to be a part of international education in some way, and a few months after returning to the states, I had the opportunity to intern with CEA twice. A few years later, I have found my way back as a full-time employee and now support our Enrollment Department. As an Enrollment Support Specialist, I accept students into our programs, serve on the Scholarship Committee, and assist with our student visa process. I enjoy nothing more than being a part of the process to assist students in embarking on one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. One day, I hope to live in Europe full-time, but for now, I am enjoying Arizona’s sunshine.

In my free time, I enjoy playing Pokemon Go and disc golf, going to Indie & Alternative rock shows, spending time with family, and, of course, traveling!

 

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James LaRue

Enrollment Support Specialist

I grew up in Los Angeles, right on the beach, where I spent my early years hiking, surfing, and playing volleyball. I came to Arizona in 2014 when I started school at Arizona State University and fell in love with the state for its beauty and history. Prior to my current position, I worked in a calzone shop and then interned here at CEA!

I do not remember when I developed my love for traveling abroad but that may have something to do with the fact that my parents brought me on a family vacation to New Zealand when I was just a few months old and then to Scotland only a year later. The need to travel and explore has been ingrained into my mind ever since, so I am incredibly proud to be part of a team that makes that dream a reality for others.

A fun fact about me is I spend my free time finding and then exploring abandoned gold mines throughout the state, which is as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

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Jennie Ricks

Sr. Visa Specialist

I grew up around the beautiful rocky mountains of Utah, and now I find myself in a desert landscape of saguaro cacti and the seemingly endless blue skies of Arizona. My bounteous list of traveling abroad consist of Mexico. But, the excitement from CEA staff and the students going abroad is spurring me on to visit England and Ireland this year. Go me!

As the senior visa specialist, I work to provide appropriate documentation for students so they can have successful consulate visits. I also work with specific Spanish consulates to provide group appointments for the students attending school in Spain. With ever-changing visa processes, I work to stay on track of student visa needs and the corresponding paperwork.

I received my undergrad from ASU and my graduate degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College, which leads me into what I do outside of CEA. I love to read and write, and my favorite things to read and write are horror and psychological thrillers. Of course, I love hanging out with my children, eating wonderful food, and hiking. Although, I still think it’s strange to be hiking among cacti.

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