What does she do at ISS?
Amanda prepares and produces immigration documents such as I-20s and DS-2019s for new, incoming international students of the University of Kansas. This includes analyzing and reviewing application materials and communicating with students about their immigration documents.
Who is Amanda?
Amanda grew up on a farm in rural northeast Missouri and first discovered her love of international experiences through interacting with students from around the world during her undergraduate career at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She followed this interest abroad, spending several summers as an international student at Xinjiang University in China and as a volunteer teacher in Kazakhstan. After completing her BA, she invested a year studying Uyghur language and culture at Xinjiang University, then taught English and studied language in Azerbaijan and Turkey before returning to the U.S. to pursue an MA in linguistic anthropology at the University of Kansas. Her graduate research provided further opportunities to interact with diverse populations at KU and abroad. She enjoys helping incoming KU international students find their home in Lawrence and is excited to be part of the work ISS does to assist this population.
Personal Fun Fact
Fostering kittens and “procrasti-baking” are a few of Amanda's favorite pastimes. She has pet cats in over a dozen countries and given many people around the globe a taste for chocolate-centric baked goods.