Jill Hermsen wears two hats at MU. Not only is she coordinator of International Students and Scholars Services, but she is also working on her doctorate in education leadership and policy analysis. The double workload requires serious amounts of balancing, Hermsen said.
Being a student again showed her a perspective that she finds helpful to her job. Working with 1,400 international students, Hermsen’s primary role is to help teach them the rules, regulations and customs of America and MU. She also advises internationals on their options while at school and after graduation.
“My own study abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, is what really whetted my appetite for international education,” Hermsen said. When she is working with an international student who is frustrated, she understands what they are going through, she said.
In her role at the International Center, Hermsen is also a faculty adviser of two student organizations: the International Connection, a program that pairs American students with international students, and the MU International Club, an organization for anyone interested in international issues.
Hermsen said these organizations are a good way for international students to meet other MU colleagues and get involved in school activities.
“I’m really fortunate to be in this career field,” Hermsen said. “I get to meet people from all over the world and talk and interact with them.”
— Andrea Fridley