Bridging the World, One Student at a Time
Maggie Daubenspeck, RWU Class of 2017
Maggie Daubenspeck has always had a way with words. Her time at RWU and her love for poetry carried her from her quaint hometown of Franklin Massachusetts, to many new places including, NewYork City, London, and Germany.
Daubenspeck has been applying both her writing and travel skills to her new position at Shorelight Education. As an Admissions Assistant, among many other responsibilities, she processes applications from channel partners in other countries and is continually in contact with students from around the world who wish to continue their education in the United States. Although she has only been at Shorelight for a couple months, Daubenspeck has already become the “go-to” admissions assistant amongst her coworkers, thanks to skills she received from her time in RWU’s Creative Writing program.
“Each student comes from different countries and the multitude of languages spoken can confuse situations,” Daubenspeck says. Throughout her many classes, she gained an understanding of how language works. In her department internship, she learned how to mirror another person’s email language in order to be exceptionally clear when speaking with them. This has allowed her to better communicate with individuals for whom English is not the first language.
Through the Creative Writing program, Daubenspeck became very involved within the Advocacy Seminar, which works alongside the international organization, Scholars At Risk (SAR) to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. SAR it has allowed Daubenspeck to “further understand where people are coming from.” She says she has gained a better appreciation for those who wish to come to the United States to further their education, making her job even more meaningful to her.
While being constantly surrounded by different languages and cultures, Daubenspeck notes that she has “definitely been inspired to pick up Spanish again and to learn different languages” and with the help of a co-worker, who’s from Japan, Daubenspeck has begun to do just that.