The experience abroad was life changing. I had accomplished so much including learning to comprehend, speak, read and write the French language in addition to adapting to the culture. After my year abroad, I knew my life would not be the same or be "traditional" by any means. So when I received an introductory letter about the Global College Program of Long Island University, I knew my path with destined for a non-traditional academic experience. Turns out the provost during that time was a Rotarian thus he distributed information about the college to all Rotary Exchange students thinking they would be good candidates for LIU's Global College program and he was right. I applied and was accepted into the program and began my Freshman year in New York in the Fall 2001.
My global academic program allowed me to live and study around the world in Kyoto, Japan; Heredia, Costa Rica; Bahia, Brazil; London, United Kingdom and Cairo, Egypt. As a result of my extensive foreign studies, I speak several languages including French, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. Needless to say, the world is my classroom.
The desire to teach our children about the world has led us to some wonderful family trips, to the countries where I have studied and beyond, including France; Japan; Brazil; Jamaica; Honduras; and recently Guinea, West Africa all before the age of 12. It's a personal accomplishment that makes me a proud mom, wife and global citizen.
How have my global experiences impacted my career? I've grown a passion to highlight the stories of the world and the people in it so that those stories can be a source of inspiration to spark positive change. Professionally, I'm a digital storyteller, video editor and creative owner of a media company called, LaDoMedia International where I create documentaries, Public Service Announcements, Gala presentations, commercials etc. to help individuals, businesses and organizations reach their desired audience to raise funds, gain support, increase membership and/ or awareness about a particular product, cause or service. My international background has made me keen on serious issues that exists locally as well as around the world. My work and output was inspired by the socio-economic issues that I've experienced abroad. For example, I recently produced a feature film to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the So SMAART Program established by the Trinity (TX) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated that helps to mentor girls 4th-8th grade in Dallas to help them learn about and consider STEM careers. Wouldn't it be amazing to have this type of program available to the youth, specifically girls, all over the world? That's why this program inspired me to tell it's story.
Click below to view the Trinity (TX) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated feature film commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Diamonds and Sneakers Gala fundraiser benefiting the So SMAART Program. Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment below. Ciao!