GoAbroad Interview

Jax NTP - Marketing Coordinator

Jax NTP - Marketing Coordinator

Jax holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing – Poetry from California State University, Long Beach. She was the former editor-in-chief of RipRap Literary Journal and associate editor of The Fat City Review. Jax has an affinity for jellyfish and polaris, as well as a fetish for miniature succulent terrariums. After studying abroad in London and Paris during her undergraduate degree – Jax is thrilled to send as many students abroad as possible and connect them to international opportunities via Adelante’s e-presence.

Poetry reading in Paris, France

Jax reading her poetry aloud while studying abroad in Paris.

What exactly does your role at Adelante entail?

As Marketing Coordinator I outreach to prospective students (gap year, in college, graduate, etc.) and maintain communication with our current and past candidates via managing our social media presence, creating email marketing campaigns, and writing original content for our newsletters and program listings on internship and study abroad web directories.

How did you become connected with Adelante?

While working on my manuscript post-graduation — I was drenched in nostalgia for my experiences abroad in London and Paris — that’s when I came across Adelante listing via CSULB (California State University Long Beach) Alumni job board: “someone passionate about sending students abroad” - Perfect. 

What makes the Adelante’s programs different from those offered by other providers?

Adelante offers an affordable application fee at $150 along with competitive program prices. Our programs consist of: in-country internship work assignment (20hrs/week), two weeks of intensive Spanish courses for all proficiency levels, centrally located housing, and resources on-site with our program directors. Most importantly, our programs are designed for the adventurous and wildly independent at heart (we don’t believe in hand-holding and tourism masked as internships/study abroad).

In your role, how do you help students prepare for the experience of studying abroad?

I connect with our prospective, current, and past candidates via social media and online message boards. I offer an elaborate overview of essential FAQ in their “pre-departure orientation” packages. In addition, Adelante provides resources and live advice on TweetChats (#AdelanteAdvice) and now on our newly launched webinar series.

What is the best advice you can give students who are interested in applying to an Adelante program?

Susan Sontag summed it up best in one of her journal entries: “Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”