Nadeen is the program advisor for Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, New Zealand, and Uruguay programs
I was born and raised in Reno and graduated from UNR with dual degrees in French and Journalism. She has worked previously with USAC as a Peer Advisor and Health & Safety Assistant. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in International Education, but first and foremost, I am a globe trotter at heart. I have worked as an English teacher in Mexico and Colombia and backpacked through Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Where did you study abroad?
Pau, France – Yearlong – 2012-13
What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?
For spring break, my friends and I decided we would go to Morocco, which also happened to be my 21st birthday. We explored the entire country for about 10 days. Riding on camels, sleeping in tents in the Sahara, spending too much money on scarfs, rugs and leather bags and drinking copious amount of what the locals called “Berber whiskey” which was actually just mint tea with tons of sugar. We were staying at a hostel in Marrakesh the night of birthday. My friends and I had been out all day wandering the Medina and eating strange, yet, delicious foods so I was surprised to come back to the hostel decorated, multiple trays of food in the common area and a birthday cake with my name on it. Needless to say, it was the best birthday I have ever had.
What is your funniest travel memory?
My arrival to Pau was a little hectic because I was traveling before the start of the program. I had to take a train from Zurich to Paris and then Paris to Pau. I did not realize that there were multiple train stations in Paris, and I had to transfer to a different station that was about 30 minutes from where I arrived. By the time I finally got to the other station, I had missed the train to Pau and had to wait hours before the next one. My host family was supposed to pick me up and I had no way of contacting them to let them know I would not be arriving. In the end, it all worked out. I got to Pau and my host family was magically there, and I went on to experience the best year of my college career.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?
In no particular order – Mexico, Cambodia and Colombia
If you could go on any USAC program, what would it be and why?
I would like to go to Brazil because I love to dance, and Portuguese has always been a language of interest for me. Additionally, I think Brazil has a very rich history and culture – I would love a deeper understanding of the country’s social and political atmosphere.
What do you like to do outside of work?
In my free time, I play with my puppy, do yoga and cook international foods with recipes I have collected throughout my travels.
What is a weird fact about you?
I am severely allergic to Guinea pigs
What’s on your bucket list?
Obtain tri-citizenship (I have 2 already)
Go to Burning Man
Go to 30 countries by the time I’m 30 years old