Meet an IEM Professional: Sabrina Chong

 

IEM SPOTLIGHT NEWSLETTER, VOL. 14, Summer ISSUE - August 2017

SABRINA CHONG

Director, Global Executive EdD Program, University of Southern California

Where I live: Los Angeles, California (after a 12-year stint in Massachusetts and France, multiple times in each location)

Where I was born: Glendale, California

Family: I come from a big extended family and am a very proud “Mamo” (this is what my nieces and nephews call me).

Education: BA in French, University of California-Santa Cruz; MA in French and francophone studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and EdD in educational leadership, University of Southern California (USC).

First job: Sales associate at Sam Goody. I got to listen to music all day, such a dream job!

Brief Career Trajectory: I wanted to be a language professor but fell in love with working in the study abroad field, so it’s been international education all the way for me.

How I got where I am today: Being cognizant of my transferable skill sets and the types of administrative experience I needed (e.g., crisis management, public speaking, running orientations, etc.) and learning from my mistakes.

First NAFSA Conference: The 2007 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My boss at the time was so benevolent; she allowed me to attend the conference so that I could interview for the one job that I applied for and eventually got at USC.

Favorite NAFSA moment: So many to mention but the most recent one was watching the USC Trojan Marching Band play with Ozomatli at the 2017 NAFSA Community Opening Celebration.

Best career advice: No one gave me this piece of advice but I see how not following it can be destructive for others: don’t mix your personal social media and your professional life.

A quotation I like: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

These are a few of my favorite things: The Beastie Boys, al pastor soft tacos, Will Ferrell films, Paris, and Hong Kong.

These are not: Paper cuts, people who cut me off when I speak, getting speeding tickets.

Why I work in international higher education: If more people explored new places and cultures, the world would definitely be a better place.


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