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 – April Newsletter

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HOW ARE YOU DOING? WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

Happy April! Temperatures have warmed up and brighter days are ahead. Continue to read below for more career-related events and opportunities.

HAVE AN INTERNSHIP, JOB, OR GRADUATE SCHOOL LINED UP?

CONGRATULATIONS! If …

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Just for Our International Students – March Newsletter

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HELLO, MARCH! HELLO, SPRING! 

No spring break this March but spring recruiting continues on! Still looking for full-time/internship opportunities? There are still opportunities on Handshake you don’t want to miss. We still have career-related events for you this month—check them …

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Just for Our International Students – February Newsletter

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SPRING 2021 RECRUITING IS IN FULL SWING!

With a delayed start to spring semester, February is going to be a busy month for spring recruiting. Don’t miss out on the upcoming career fairs and networking events! We have a full …

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How Will a Biden Presidency Affect International Students’ Job Search?

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Should we expect normal times moving forward with President Biden? Check out this article, and let’s hope for better days.

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Just for Our International Students – January Newsletter

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HAPPY 2021! LET’S GET READY FOR SPRING RECRUITING!

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 …

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Just for Our International Students – December Newsletter

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YOU’RE ALMOST DONE WITH FALL 2020!

You made it! Few final exams, papers, and projects to go—or maybe you’ve already completed your fall semester. With so many things going on, we just wanted to leave you with a couple of …

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Just for Our International Students – November Newsletter

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NOVEMBER 2021 EDITION—READ ON!

We’re nearing the end of Fall 2020! There are still lots to do before December—so read on and schedule an appointment with UCS career coaches so you can stay on track!

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK WITH …

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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 …

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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 …

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