Some of my very first and fondest memories are the ones that I made while living in Japan with my family from ages five to seven. I don’t remember much, but the little I do remember—things such as images of cherry blossoms, the refrains of traditional songs, and the energy at local festivals—instilled a life-long passion for Japanese language and culture and languages and cultures in general.
After moving back to Arizona, I studied Japanese, German, and Russian at Northern Arizona University, where I majored in modern languages. I studied abroad in Fukuoka, Japan for a semester and volunteered to teach English to Japanese elementary school students. This experience inspired me to work abroad as an assistant language teacher on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program for over three years in Fukushima, Japan. I also spent an additional two years working as an English teacher and international exchange program coordinator for a small town in Hokkaido, Japan.
As someone whose life was changed by studying and living abroad, I feel privileged to help CEA students with their own life-changing experiences. I want to help equip students with the knowledge they need to feel confident and excited about their upcoming international adventures. When I’m not at CEA, I enjoy watching Netflix, besting my friends at Mario Kart, playing with my dogs, and brushing up on my language skills for my next trip!
Although I grew up in Wisconsin, I was introduced to the wonders of travel early, as my family took yearly road trips around the U.S. This led to a fascination with international travel as well, so, in high school, I traveled to Costa Rica with my high school. This was just the beginning. As an undergrad, I studied abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand, which was an amazing experience. After graduating from college, I was unsure of what I wanted to do, so I worked in the hospitality field and traveled when I could. When I discovered I could work in study abroad, I chose to pursue my Master’s in International Education Management with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, which gave me the understanding of the international education field that I wanted before launching my career with CEA.
I have been lucky enough to travel to a large variety of countries, including Haiti, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Fiji, Denmark, and Italy, and more. Of course, I hope to continue exploring the rest of the world as well as all of the beautiful spots within the U.S. When I’m not having adventures abroad, I entertain myself by playing volleyball, exploring nature, going to trivia nights, reading good books, and watching movies in the theater.
My Mom always emphasized memories over material things and instilled my love for travel at a young age. During my last semester of college, she encouraged and helped me pursue the amazing opportunity to intern and study abroad in Dublin, Ireland with CEA. I worked at The Rediscovery Centre, a small environmental sustainability non-profit, as a Marketing and Events Intern. I also attended the International School of Business and was a CEA MOJO Photojournalist. I made memories with friends at school and work from all across the world that I will cherish for a lifetime.
I was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, and born and raised a Wildcat (Bear Down). I earned my Bachelor in Science in Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona at Eller College of Management. During college, I volunteered regularly, worked as a photographer for my school, attended all the ZonaZoo events I could, and started my own photography business, Cali Fisler Photography. I love photography, hiking, yoga, cooking, and experiencing new adventures!
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Portugal, the Bahamas, and all around the USA! I work at CEA as a Site Specialist to help students experience working and studying in another country.
It has been years and I’m still just as in love with Sevilla as the day I stood across the river overlooking the city on my first day. My yearlong experience as a student through CEA transformed my life—now, working for the Enrollment department, I come to work each day prepared and excited to aid my students in making their experience abroad the best it can be.
I grew up close to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned my bachelor’s degree in Languages and Cultures with a Spanish concentration from West Chester University. While in college, I got the opportunity to study at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain through CEA’s program! I was incredibly lucky to get to visit most of Spain while abroad, as well as Italy, France, Portugal, Africa, and Greece. Travel has remained a constant passion of mine—I’ve been back to Sevilla every year since I’ve left, and I hope to explore South America very soon!
Being an international student was, and remains, both the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I learned to be self-sufficient, learned how capable I truly was. I became spontaneous. I fell in love with a city and its people—along the way, I fell in love with myself.
I think that the ability to see so much light, so much good, in a place that originally seems foreign is such a beautiful thing. What a lesson—both personally and professionally, study abroad pushes a person to be the best possible version of themselves. I look forward to helping future students discover this and so much more!
Outside of work, I like to sing and listen to live music! I read every day, and spend time with my friends and family as much as I can.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and studied Spanish and pre-nursing at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. While at La Crosse, I decided to study abroad in Granada, Spain. My study abroad experience was my first time leaving the United States (besides a family cruise), and it completely transformed my life! While I was abroad, I traveled to various countries and since then, I have continued to grow and expand my traveling experiences. So far I have been to Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, the Bahamas, and The Netherlands. I hope to add many more places to my list soon!
After graduating from UW- La Crosse, I decided to pursue a career in International Education. Because of my own study abroad and traveling experiences, I became very passionate about international education and wanted to be able to inspire more students to go abroad. My passion for studying abroad led me to start working for CEA and begin my new adventures in Arizona.
While not at CEA, I enjoy traveling, playing sports, watching Netflix, reading, and spending time with my friends.
When I was 10, my dad told me he had exciting news. He had saved enough money so we could go on a trip! He gave me a choice: Disney World or Rome. I chose Rome, and never looked back! It was my first and only opportunity to travel abroad as a kid, but I spent the rest of my childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dreaming of the trips I would take as an adult.
As a junior at Duquesne University, I finally had the chance to realize my dream and spend five months studying abroad in Málaga, Spain. While there I travelled as much as I could, visiting places like Paris, London, Florence, and Cairo. Spain had captured my heart, though, and I returned the next summer for a six-week program in Salamanca, Spain. After I graduated with a degree in English Literature and minor in Spanish, I went back to Spain again to teach English, and continued working in Almería, Spain, for eight years. Spain taught me to love myself, to be present in every moment, and to embrace new experiences. With the confidence and skills I gained, I started my own business providing private English classes to Spanish students, and by the end of three years I had over 60 students enrolled.
I’m thrilled to bring my passion for international education to my work advising students as a Site Specialist here at CEA. I believe there is no better way to learn about the world, and yourself, than experiencing life in another culture!
Outside of work, I love snuggling on the couch with my two rescue mutts, learning new colloquialisms in Spanish, obsessively researching flights to all corners of the globe, and of course, binge-watching my fair share of Netflix series.
Did you know? I can sing flamenco thanks to lessons during my time in Spain!
The desire to see the world was instilled in Mary at an early age. Her parents often travelled to different locations around the globe during their military enlistment. While they weren’t always able to bring Mary along, they made sure to bring home a trinket from each trip and plenty of stories. It was enough to make Mary determined to see those places for herself.
Mary earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Arcadia University with a minor in International Studies. During college, she took every opportunity to travel abroad, hoping to learn each country’s history and culture in the physical location first-hand. While she left a little piece of her heart in London after living and studying there for a year, she also left the city determined to see more of the world and experience each place she visits just as deeply.
Mary’s desire to travel didn’t stop after graduation. So far, she has been to China, Greece, Quebec, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, France, Netherlands, and Japan. If her collection of travel Pinterest boards are any indication, this list will only continue to grow.
Outside of work, she can typically be found writing in a local coffee shop, enjoying the view after a hike, or fawning over a nearby dog!
I was born and raised in Colorado. I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. I am working on my master’s program in Organizational Leadership Development and will graduate in December 2019. Traveling has always been an important aspect of my life and had led me to where I am today. When I was an undergrad, I went on a Semester at Sea voyage. After that, I studied abroad during a summer in both London and Rome. My passion for studying and traveling abroad has only increased since then.
As a Site Specialist, I support and guide students through the process of getting ready to study abroad! I am new to Phoenix, Arizona, and this next adventure here in the desert is super exciting. I am a people person. This means in my free time I enjoy making new friends and being in social settings. Now that I live in Arizona, I spend lots of time by the pool!