Valpo alumni find success working overseas

The granddaughter of German immigrants, Valparaiso University alumna Julie Scheetz was introduced to German culture at an early age, but it wasn’t until a trip to her grandparents’ native land in 1993 that she set out on a path that would allow her to work in the country for the past nine years.

“I knew Valpo had a strong German program with opportunities to study in the country, which was perfect for me,” Scheetz said.

Scheetz and fellow Valpo graduate Melanie Dark discuss their experiences working overseas and the value of global learning in a new video on Valpo’s YouTube channel.

Scheetz first participated in Valpo’s semesterlong study program in Reutlingen, and spent another year in Germany through Valpo’s Tuebingen program.

The proficiency Scheetz gained in German language and familiarity with the culture positioned her to land a position at Reutlingen’s university, where she is coordinator for international programs in the business school. In the position, she supervises programs for the university’s German students who are studying abroad as well as international students coming to study in Reutlingen.

“I would encourage any student, regardless of their major, to consider studying overseas and take advantage of opportunities for global learning on campus,” Scheetz said. “That knowledge of the ways people are different and similar is very valuable to career success and your personal fulfillment.”

Scheetz is one of many Valpo alumni now working abroad who benefitted from Valpo’s commitment topreparing graduates who are highly sought worldwide for their knowledge, character, integrity and wisdom.

Dark, a May 2009 graduate, is working in the international studies office at Reutlingen University as part of a yearlong co-operative education experience.

She spent a year in Valpo’s Tuebingen program and lived in Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center on campus, an residential facility where students speak only German (one of three immersive language residential options at Valpo along with Spanish and French).

Dark also was active in the Valparaiso International Student Association on campus, getting to know the hundreds of students from more than 50 countries who study at Valpo.

“Even if you never work abroad, gaining a global perspective is something that will help you because everyone is affected by international events that will affect their workplace or their community,” she said.

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