it's nice to meet you!
I'm Melissa Nix. I graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in 2014 with a B.S. in Interior Design and Art History, but somewhere along the way I discovered my true passion for international education. I spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where I first realized that travel and cultural exchange needed to be an important part of my life. A position as an academic advising assistant at TCU during my senior year helped me understand how much I enjoy working with students.
After a year and a half working in an architecture firm in Los Angeles, I took a giant leap towards the career path I knew I wanted instead: I applied to the M.A. International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, quit my job, and bought a plane ticket for six months of independent travel before beginning my Master's degree.
Interior design taught me many useful skills, including time management, presenting in front of large groups, graphic design, and how to collaborate as a member of a team. Art history taught me to appreciate the beautiful artifacts that every diverse culture has to offer.
My full year of education-focused courses at the Middlebury Institute equipped me with a deep knowledge of the field of international education including current trends, standards, and good practices as well as practical experience in program design, marketing, and intercultural competence training.
I then moved to Seville, Spain for a position as the Internationalization Coordinator at EUSA University Center. EUSA is a private university center that hosts over 100 study abroad students from a mix of countries such as the USA, Germany, France and Argentina. I do a little bit of everything in this position, including creating and facilitating programs that enhance the student experience, keeping important logistical information up to date, and designing marketing materials and managing outreach efforts to potential partners.
I know that I have chosen the right path: a career in international education where I can share my passion and make an impact on the way others perceive the world. I firmly believe that better cultural understanding can lead only to positive change.