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Leaving her home in Thailand to take a Pathway program at INTO Colorado State University (CSU) was never going to be easy, but turned out to be exactly the right decision for Poonyawee Krairawee.

Leaving her home in Thailand to take a Pathway program at INTO Colorado State University (CSU) was never going to be easy, but turned out to be exactly the right decision for Poonyawee Krairawee. “Colorado State University offered me the opportunity to make friends from different countries,” Poonyawee said. “The professors and staff are friendly, open, and approachable, which makes everything simple for international students like me." When she arrived, Poonyawee was pleasantly surprised by the University’s beautiful surroundings, its lively community, and the upbeat Colorado culture. “CSU is located in real nature, very near to the Rocky Mountains. Being so close to nature when going to… Read the full article
Leaving her home in Thailand to take a Pathway program at INTO Colorado State University (CSU) was never going to be easy, but turned out to be exactly the right decision for Poonyawee Krairawee.

“Colorado State University offered me the opportunity to make friends from different countries,” Poonyawee said. “The professors and staff are friendly, open, and approachable, which makes everything simple for international students like me."

When she arrived, Poonyawee was pleasantly surprised by the University’s beautiful surroundings, its lively community, and the upbeat Colorado culture. “CSU is located in real nature, very near to the Rocky Mountains. Being so close to nature when going to class made it feel relaxing,” she said.

There were also plenty of chances to meet new people through CSU’s 500+ clubs and organizations. “CSU always arranges activities to help people feel connected. Students are never lonely at CSU.”

Soon after graduating from CSU in 2016 with a Masters in Management Practice, Poonyawee started work as an Inventory Control Specialist at Eastland Food Corporation in Maryland. One year later, she moved back to Thailand, where she joined Fintech (Thailand) Company Limited as Business Development Manager.

“Due to my company’s target market, I coordinate with foreign partners and clients, which means I need to be able to speak and write excellent English,” Poonyawee said. “The English and fundamental classes at INTO CSU greatly improved all aspects of my English skills, and helped prepare me for my current job. As a result, I am able to perform very well in my position.”

INTO CSU not only allowed Poonyawee the opportunity to explore and enjoy another culture, but extended her skills, thus improving her employability and ensuring her success.

“INTO CSU taught me so much more than just English; it showed me how to plan my future career path,” Poonyawee said. “The professors were very caring and attentive, and helped me to draw up a plan for after graduation in order to achieve my goals."

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INTO Giving says thanks a million

INTO family, friends and students, have now raised over $1 million to help thousands of children in 20 countries. INTO CEO John Latham shares what this means to him in this video. Read the full article
INTO family, friends and students, have now raised over $1 million to help thousands of children in 20 countries. INTO CEO John Latham shares what this means to him in this video.
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INTO Marshall graduate sets wheels in motion for disabled children

Former INTO Marshall University Graduate Pathway Program student Vu Ta recently volunteered with iCan Shine - a non-profit charity that travels the country teaching physical activity skills to children with special needs. She also helps international students by tutoring at INTO Marshall’s Learning Resource Centre. The iCan Shine Lose the Training Wheels camp teaches children with conditions like autism or Downs syndrome how to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Thanks to specialized bikes and teaching, by the end of the week, over 80 per cent of them are able to ride a bike independently. Due to her previous volunteering experience Vu - who is from Vietnam, has a Masters in Engineering Management and tutors at INTO Marshall’s Learning Resource Center - was invited to help at the charity by a friend who studies Spo… Read the full article
Former INTO Marshall University Graduate Pathway Program student Vu Ta recently volunteered with iCan Shine - a non-profit charity that travels the country teaching physical activity skills to children with special needs. She also helps international students by tutoring at INTO Marshall’s Learning Resource Centre.

The iCan Shine Lose the Training Wheels camp teaches children with conditions like autism or Downs syndrome how to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Thanks to specialized bikes and teaching, by the end of the week, over 80 per cent of them are able to ride a bike independently.

Due to her previous volunteering experience Vu - who is from Vietnam, has a Masters in Engineering Management and tutors at INTO Marshall’s Learning Resource Center - was invited to help at the charity by a friend who studies Sports Management. “I then contacted Dr Liz Pacioles, who is a professor in Health Sciences, to ask her if I could participate in the bike camp she had created.” 

The Lose the Training Wheels Camp was hosted by the Marshall University College of Health Professions and took place in mid-June at the Phil Cline Family YMCA in Huntington, West Virginia. 

It was an intense, satisfying experience for all involved in teaching the 25 children, as each day consisted of five 75-minute sessions of four campers per day. Each child learning to ride was accompanied by two volunteers who walked or ran side by side with each biker as they rode on specially-adapted bikes in circles around the gymnasium, often absorbing the impact of an accident or intervening to avoid one.

Although helping at the camp was hard work, it came naturally to Vu. “Helping others is my innate nature, which is part of who I am and how I was raised,” she said. “My parents always volunteered their time to our local community and helped people regardless of their nationality, or socio-economic status at no cost. I was brought up with this value and I have always loved people.”

But that’s not all – Vu also gives her time to international students by helping out at INTO Marshall’s Learning Resource Centre. “The idea to become a tutor in LRC was inspired by Marc who was my first teacher since I came to the US. He made me feel like not just another student, but that I am unique and that words I say matter, and the words I write matter. I therefore wanted to give something back to INTO family that has impacted so much on my life.

 “I am so fortunate in that every day I go to work, I have the opportunity to help someone see the best parts of themselves,” she says. “I learn so much from the individuals I work with. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the students succeed and celebrating with them the next step they achieved towards living the life they dream of,” says Vu.

She would thoroughly recommend volunteering, for the valuable life skills it provides and the opportunities it opens up. “Helping others less fortunate has always taught me something about people, about compassion, and about cooperation, and about myself… Volunteering makes me feel valued and part of a team. Moreover, it’s a chance for me to meet new people, make new friends, and get to know the local community.”

More about iCan Shine, plus videos of the bike camp.

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Moving on up: INTO Regional Manager Elizabeth Pecsi

In this, the first in a new series where colleagues tell us about their careers here at INTO, Regional Manager Elizabeth tells us about her climb within our organisation. Just shy of four years ago, Liz joined the company as Front of House Receptionist at our Middlesex Street building, where she worked for a year, before moving into the role of Marketing Coordinator for INTO City, University of London. Her next move, in April 2017, was into the role of Regional Manager – Europe & Middle East for INTO University Partnerships, where she continues to thrive. How did you come to work for INTO?For the first couple of years after leaving school I worked as a Person… Read the full article
In this, the first in a new series where colleagues tell us about their careers here at INTO, Regional Manager Elizabeth tells us about her climb within our organisation.

Just shy of four years ago, Liz joined the company as Front of House Receptionist at our Middlesex Street building, where she worked for a year, before moving into the role of Marketing Coordinator for INTO City, University of London. Her next move, in April 2017, was into the role of Regional Manager – Europe & Middle East for INTO University Partnerships, where she continues to thrive.

How did you come to work for INTO?
For the first couple of years after leaving school I worked as a Personal Assistant and Sales Executive but was looking for something more challenging. My friend worked at INTO London Middlesex Street, and was very positive about the working environment and colleagues there, so I applied. When I arrived for my first interview, I could see myself working at INTO, as there was a real family culture in the London centre and people were so warm and welcoming.

Tell us about your three roles – so far!
My first role – as Receptionist – was the best possible way to meet colleagues in London, as well as from Brighton who were frequently in London for meetings.

After two years, I became Marketing Coordinator at INTO City, University of London - this was a role I was very eager to get into, as I was really interested in the marketing and recruitment side of things in the centre. I was trained on student/ parent meetings, agent training, website and print and creating brochure content, and was lucky enough to go on a recruitment trip to the Middle East, during which I travelled around the Gulf for 12 days and met with students, parents and agents.

That trip gave me insight into how global INTO is, as well as the impact each centre has on each international student’s study experience. My natural, chatty people skills came into their own during that visit, and I could see myself progressing into a recruitment role. 

Since moving to work for IUP Head Office as a Regional Manager, I have built up hundreds of relationships with institutions, schools and colleges. I also travel within the UK, and to Switzerland and Turkey and the Middle East to meet many of INTO’s in centre recruitment / academic and regional colleagues.

I thoroughly enjoy my current role – recruitment trips have taken me to places that wouldn’t be usual holiday destinations for me – I have even visited Saudi Arabia, which was an amazing eye-opening experience. It’s great to be part of the Regional Office Europe and UK Team. During my years at INTO I have grown and matured as an individual. My experiences have broadened my horizon in and outside of work, and I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities I have had.

What do you like most about INTO?
I appreciate INTO for giving me the chance to progress - I am fortunate enough to have gone from greeting people at reception to presenting to hundreds of students in schools in Dubai! I like the family culture at INTO, and the openness with senior management. I feel that if I have any concerns or queries, they will be listened to, and things will change if possible.

What would you tell someone wanting to move up at INTO?
I would always say to voice your progression interests internally. Make sure that colleagues are aware of what role you envision yourself in, whether in the next year or in five years’ time, so that they are aware you may be interested in transferring departments or taking on additional work. I was brought up on the motto, ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get,’ and I’m certainly not scared to talk about my plans!

There are a variety of roles in the company to suit people with a range of skills and ambitions. There are so many different departments and opportunities at INTO that it’s a great place to broaden your skillset and transfer into another role and/or department. The door is always open for internal progression at INTO.

Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
I see myself growing into a leadership role within INTO and heading up a small team. Managing people is something I haven’t done yet, but I would be keen to use my own experience to help others progress or develop in their current roles. Travelling is a key part of my role, and I want to visit lots of new countries; to develop the personal relationships I have made with institutional links and to see how this can benefit INTO’s new student enrolments at a global level.

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