Teresa Witcher

International Student Adviser
3242 Memorial Union
Additional Information: 

Education: Bachelor's degree in English from University of Kentucky, Master's in English with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Western Kentucky University
Hometown: Scottsville, KY
Favorite Motto: Hermione drew herself to her full height; her eyes were narrowed and her hair seemed to crackle with electricity. "No," she said, voice quivering with anger, "but I will write to your mother."- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 
Hobbies: Reading (get yourself a library card!), drawing (digital and traditional), collecting comic books, playing video games, and binging Netflix/Hulu.
Favorite Food: You can never make me choose just one: guacamole, sour gummy wormds, pulled pork from my favority BBQ joint back home, sausage and gravy from Dairy Queen (did you know Dairy Queen serves breakfast in other parts of the country?), 추어탕 (chueotang).
Fun Facts: I have had the same favority ablum since 5th grade (Discovery by Daft Punk) and the same favorite book since 7th (Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones). I codeswich naturally, and I can guarantee that you will never hear the true accent that comes out when I'm with my family I lived in Busan, South Korea for a year. I rescued a cat from the Boone Animal Shelter whi is the perfect cat in every imaginable way. I am a Trekkie AND I enjoy Star Wars. 
What I love most about my job: International students are crucial to the success of a university. They bring fresh ideas and viewpoints, enrich the cultural competency of those who interact with them, and help disseminate the values of an institution far beyond U.S. borders.But because of what they provide, as students with needs themselves they're often talked around, over, shuffled to only a few services, or ignored entirely. As an undergraduate, most of my friends were international students as I lived in an international dorm. I saw firsthand my friends' struggles as they dealt with complicated immigration regulations, ignorant members of the community, and unresponsive student services. I still carry those memories. What I love about my job is that I am here to make a difference not only in the lives of international students, but in the campus climate that surrounds all of us. I get to spend my working hours helping students feel less nervous about immigration, processing crucial immigration benefits that help students survive here in America, AND conversing with other offices on campus about how we can all better serve our international students.
I'm listening to: Future Funk, 70s/80s/90s/00s Disco, Doo-Wop, Motown, Classic Rock, etc.