Staff Profiles

Michelle Brito BARTON

What do you do in the Education Abroad office?

I advise and support students who want to participate in external programs or one of our exchange programs in Asia.  I also work with outreach here on campus, helping to promote study abroad and the various international opportunities available to Temple students.


Where are you from?

Kutztown, PA


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

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Communications and a concentration in Cultural Studies. I received an M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University.

 

During my undergraduate career I spent the spring semester of my junior year abroad at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.  During the summer following my senior year, I participated in a Chinese language and culture program which took me to various regions and cities throughout China including Beijing, Shanghai and Xinjiang Autonomous region in the far northwest.


What countries have you visited?

Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Malta, Tunisia, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand


What is your most memorable abroad experience?

One of my favorite experiences was playing for the University of Sydney women’s soccer team.  Being a part of the team really helped me meet Australians, many of whom I am still in touch with today. Our team even won the league championship!

 

Another highlight was visiting Uluru/Ayres Rock in Australia’s Red Center.  It is truly the most beautiful place I have ever been.  It was so remote and pristine and provided the clearest most beautiful night skies.  I've never seen stars like that before or again since then.

What are your personal interests?

Traveling, cooking, sports, renovating our nearly 100 year old craftsman bungalow, and  the musical genius of Rod Stewart


What is your favorite part of working in Education Abroad?

My favorite aspect of my job is seeing students come full circle.  Students often start out feeling apprehensive about studying abroad and leaving family, friends and familiar surroundings.  It’s perfectly normal to be scared and anxious about the unknown, and I try my best to help ease those fears and encourage students to take a leap of faith.   Once they go abroad and return home to tell me with confidence that studying abroad was one of the most amazing experiences of their life, it’s very rewarding to know that I helped play a role in providing that experience.