Staff Profiles

Belinda Christensen

What do you do in the Education Abroad office?

I work at the front desk, answering general questions and doing preliminary advising for students looking for study abroad programs.

Where are you from?

I was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived in Wyoming and Kansas before moving to Chambersburg, PA (right next to Gettysburg) when I was about 12.  Now I live in Lansdowne.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I have a bachelor’s in anthropology from Temple. I studied abroad in Mexico during my junior year as part of Temple's Latin American Studies Semester

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What is your most memorable abroad experience?

A group of us went on a hike through these caves in the Yucatan that were filled with bats and amazing rock formations and Mayan artifacts from pre-colonial times. When we entered one of the caverns, our guide Rogelio told us that his father, who had been a guide before him, and an archaeologist had found the cavern years before with human remains inside. Rogelio then told us that his father had warned the archaeologist not to disturb the dead, but the archaeologist ordered a team to come in and transport the bones to a museum—then, later, everyone who had helped remove the bones from the cavern died a horrible death.

It sounded like a pretty crazy story (strangely similar to the “curse of King Tut” stories) and I didn’t think anything of it. I went into the cave and found a tiny bone on the ground—I was sure it was a human carpal bone. I picked it up and held it in my hand for a couple seconds, awed by the idea that I was probably holding part of a person who had lived hundreds of years ago. I put it back where I had found it before I left the cavern, but there must have been something to Rogelio’s story because later that night I got really sick and thought I was cursed! Fortunately, I started feeling better pretty soon, but I decided that from then on I’d leave the dead (and their pieces) alone.

What are your personal interests?

Hanging out with my husband and our two sons, hiking and spending time outdoors, reading, eating good food.

What is your favorite part of working in International Programs?

I love my coworkers, and it's always exciting to help students on their way to studying abroad.