As you may have heard…the OIE is growing! We recently added two new International Student Advisors, and are pretty excited to keep expanding how we work with our students. To get to know a bit about these great new teammates, an interview below with Kathryn Gaylord-Miles. And check back soon for an interview with our other new advisor!
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
Hello! Bonjour! Здравствуйте! I’ll be one of the international student advisors at the OIE. Come teach me how to say hello in your native language! I grew up in the US, in the states of Michigan and North Carolina. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in French and Russian and East European Studies and my master’s from Penn State in Higher Education. When I’m not at work, I like to cook, garden, read and get crafty. I’m very much a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kind of person. I also love to travel. My last trip was to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Just before that, I was in the Middle East for a work-related trip for my last job.
What did you do before you came to UVM?
My last job was as an admission counselor for a big school in another part of the country. I traveled to other countries to recruit high school students, then read their applications if they decided to apply.
What are you most excited about in this new role at UVM?
I’m most excited about the opportunity to get to know the international students at UVM! In my last job, I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know students very well. I’m very excited to get to work with students in person rather than just with paper files!
What is your favorite place on earth?
I have to pick one?! Yikes! Right now, I’ll choose Tallinn, Estonia. I visited several times when I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s a beautiful city and the people I met were very friendly. Ask me again in the future though—-I still have a lot of places to visit!
Tell us at least three more fun facts about yourself
Fact #1: One of my jobs in college was scooping ice cream at an ice cream parlor. I didn’t work Ben and Jerry’s, but the ice cream was still pretty good. It was a very sticky job!
Fact #2: My favorite class in college was called AIDS and America. It wasn’t a class that was required for either of my majors, but it did fulfill a general education requirement. If you aren’t at UVM yet, you might not know what a general education or “gen ed” requirement is. Most bachelor’s degrees in the US require students to take general education classes to ensure that they have a broad-based education that prepares them to think critically and contribute to their community. I enjoyed AIDS and America because it allowed me to explore a topic about which I didn’t have much knowledge. The professor was interesting, but he also brought in speakers so that we could look at the issues from different perspectives, including patients, health care workers and researchers.
Fact #3: As you all probably know, there are words in English that sound the same but are spelled differently. These words are called homophones. Catherine the Great (empress), Katharine Hepburn (actress) and Katherine Harris (politician) all share my first name. However, their names are spelled differently than mine is. The spelling of my name less common. I don’t know why it’s less common, but I do know why my parents decided to spell my name the way that they did. I’m named after my grandmother, and that’s the way she spells her name.
Fact #4 (Bonus): I don’t like bananas. I love most fruits and vegetables, but not bananas.