Sara Ko-Ada

Associate Director of International Student Services

Sara Ko-Ada

What do you do?

I not only coach our Kelley undergraduate students to successfully explore potential internship positions and career paths, but I am also our Office’s International Student Services Lead—coaching, programming, and supporting Kelley’s international student population, as well as our domestic students interested in global opportunities are my responsibilities.

Why do you do it?

My reasons are simple—empathy and positive impact through intercultural competence. I empathize with those who may be struggling to find their meaningful career calling for various reasons, and I’ve found joy in helping those who turn jobs into meaningful careers. Having lived and worked in diverse environments, I value creating positive impacts through intercultural competence—the ability to comfortably and properly navigate, be aware of, and appreciate various cultures and peoples. In this globalized world, whatever industry you’re in or position you hold, intercultural competence matters and is esteemed.

How I got here.

Born in South Korea and have lived all of my formative years on the U.S. Territory island of Saipan (Never heard of it? Google it. It’s in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, by Guam), I graduated from IU back in 2009 (BA in Journalism) as an international student. My first job was in PR/communications at an international development firm in Washington, D.C. Initially, my heart was set on spreading my wings as a broadcast journalist, so I made the bold move to Seoul, South Korea, to work as an English journalist. There, I worked as a news anchor and field reporter, as well as a business communications consultant for various global companies. These worthwhile experiences opened my eyes to the world of business and the importance of intercultural competence (or the lack there of)—leading me to obtain two Masters in international development and cooperation and international communication. It was then when I knew I wanted to help students, who may have similar background and stories as me, to reach their optimum potential in life and career. Where else would I do this but at my beloved alma mater?

What have you learned during your career?

Two things—challenge yourself to step out of your “comfort zone” and make those connections and long-lasting relationships. “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” and “It’s not always about what you know, but it’s almost always about WHO you know.” I wholeheartedly agree—I’ve seen it, lived (living) it, and believe it. So go out there, expand your horizons and limits and see yourself grow and succeed.

What do you do away from work?

My husband and I love traveling—short and long road trips and international excursions. I also enjoy outdoor hiking and picnics and searching for tasty foods. I try to limit my retail therapy and couch potato sessions.

I strongly believe…

Our world will become a better, happier place if we all care, give, love, and understand a little more.

I wish…

I could be better at gardening and live to travel all around the world.

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Just for Our International Students – October Newsletter

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HAPPY OCTOBER!

We’re well into fall recruiting! With classes, exams, extracurricular activities, things are starting to get overwhelming! Don’t worry, we are here to help YOU through it all, so Keep Calm and Read on!

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!

It’s more …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (5/2020)

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Goodbye Spring Semester, Hello Summer!
We’re already nearing the end of spring semester, and what a transition it has been! Did you know? We still have 300+ internship and job postings on Kelley Connect! Read below for helpful tips and …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (4/2020)

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How Are You Doing? We’re HERE for YOU!
Happy April! We know it’s been a difficult few weeks for all of us. Things have gone virtual (online), but we’re still here for YOU and accessible. Continue to read below for …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (3/2020)

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Hello, Spring! Hello, March!
March means spring break, but you’re also half-way done with the semester! Still looking for full-time/internship opportunities? There are 500+ positions available on Kelley Connect and more career-related events for you this month—scroll down!
Don’t Forget …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (2/2020)

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Got Love for Internships & Jobs?
February—LOVE is in the air but so are internship and job listings! How is spring recruiting going for you? We have a full list of career-related events for you this month—check them out!
Connect …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (1/2020)

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Welcome Back and Happy 2020!
New year, new events, and new opportunities! We have a full calendar of career-related events for you this spring semester. Scroll down to learn more about them!
Are You Ready for Spring 2020 Recruiting?
URGENT!

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (12/2019)

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You’re Almost Done with Fall 2019!
You made it! Few final exams, papers, and projects to go. We so many things going on, we just wanted to leave you with a couple of reminders and tips of how the UCS …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (11/2019)

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It’s Cold, It’s Fall, It’s NOVEMBER!
We’re nearing the end of Fall 2019! There are still lots to do before December—stop by Prebys Career Center or schedule an appointment with UCS career coaches so you can stay on track!
Interested …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (10/2019)

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Happy October!
Midterms, interviews, internships, jobs—they’re all coming along. It’s OKAY if you’re still looking for opportunities. We are here to help YOU through it all, so Keep Calm and Read on!
Network, Network, Network!
It’s more about WHO you …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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Just for Our International Students (9/2019)

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It’s GO TIME for Fall Recruiting!
Fall 2019 in full swing now! School, work, social life–we know it’s a lot but we’re here for YOU! Don’t forget to check out our full calendar of career-related events this fall.
Fall 2019 …

By Sara Ko-Ada
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