Member Spotlight: Claire Wilkins


Member Spotlight 

Claire Wilkins
Director of International Admissions
Temple University

What drew you to the world of international admissions?
Serendipity and a desire to prevent others from experiencing what I experienced. I was a third culture kid and an international student who went to three high schools in three cities across two countries. From a Canadian curriculum to an IB curriculum (in two separate countries) to university in Wales, Canada and England, my educational path was riddled with obstacles, changes and people who didn't understand who I was, where I was from and what I'd studied. I, like many others, fell into admissions after other careers as I was always drawn to education and the chance to be able to be someone who could help international students like myself overcome those obstacles, prepare for those changes and be understood was something I couldn't pass up. 

What is your favorite part of the job?
Seeing the light turn on for a student once they realise their potential and their own agency in the process. 

How has International ACAC played a role in your career?
I learn every day thanks to International ACAC. Whether it's reading questions and answers in the Facebook page, working through problems with International ACAC member colleagues, or attending webinars and conferences, I owe my constant learning in this profession to the International ACAC community. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Public and governmental scrutiny without understanding.

When you aren't working, what do you like to do?
Those who know me will know I love a glass of wine and a good rooftop sunset. A verbose individual, a bit of a chatter box on the job...I love to sit in quiet and just soak up the sun and not talk. I also love a good Escape Room and going to the theatre. 

What place is on your travel bucket list?
Kauai, Hawaii

Describe yourself in five words.
Hard working, persistent, pessimist,  tough, loyal

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