Lynch School Ambassadors

The Lynch School Ambassador Program consists of master's students across academic programs who work with The Graduate Office of Student Services, Admissions and Financial Aid. In addition to the program representatives there is also an ambassador for International students and the Fifth Year program. These current students provide insight into your potential program as well as what the Lynch Graduate School has to offer. They serve as an informal resource to graduate students on course selection, field work and practicum experiences, and graduate student life. They are always willing to connect with prospective and current students via emails, drop-in meetings, or other informal events.

Meet the Student Ambassadors

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Nina Shen

Nina Shen

Mental Health Counseling

Email Nina

Nina is a second-year Master's student in the Mental Health Counseling program. She is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Why did you choose BC?

Nina was drawn to the strong social justice emphasis of the counseling program, as well as the robust research reputation of Boston College. She is currently an intern at the MassBay Community College Counseling Center. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Prior to starting her graduate degree, Nina worked in a variety of settings, ranging from public education to behavioral health and human services - most recently, she was a Residential Rehabilitation Counselor at a non-profit serving adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. She has an interest in increasing mental healthcare quality and access to traditionally underserved groups, in particular multicultural and immigrant populations.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Nina is an avid cook and baker, and enjoys exploring new recipes using local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.

 

Karen Beckett

Karen Beckett

Secondary Education

Email Karen

Karen was born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. She lived in Atlanta for a decade, first as a student at Spelman College and then obsessing over Southern culture and climate. She is currently a middle school English teacher and highly recommends it. Sixth graders are brilliant.

Why did you choose BC?

She chose BC for the mission. At the Lynch School, they profess to teach the whole person. Education was so important to her well-being, growing up. Teaching is only a part of the role that an educator plays in the lives of children.

Academic and/or Career Interests

Karen's central focus as an educator is getting anti-racist/anti-discrimnation curriculum under the nose of white supremacy. She loves to teach middle schoolers and hopes to one day publish a book.

Personal Interests

Thanks to a summer spent in isolation, Karen has learned to sew her own clothes and is obsessed. She collects heirloom seeds and cultivate them organically using traditional knowledge. And she writes and sings music with her husband, when they have the time.

 

Natalie Hession

Jun Wei (Anthony) Zhang

Educational Leadership & Policy

Email Jun Wei

Jun Wei Zhang, but would prefer to go by Anthony. He grew up in New Jersey and attended The College of New Jersey, where he studied Political Science. He had always wanted to be a BC Eagle and it was one of my top-ranked choices, so he jumped at the chance to attend as a graduate student.

Why did you choose BC?

He chose the part-time, online Educational Leadership & Policy for its flexibility primarily, because he's still working full-time as a 7th grade ELA teacher in New Bedford, MA. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

His hope is to complete the program and attain a principal license to further his career as a school leader in a middle or high school setting.

Personal Interests

Jun Wei spends a lot of free time coaching sports in his school district. Currently, he's the assistant coach for the high school cross country and track teams, but we will see if they are even able to have a season this year.

 

Analisa Fazio

Analisa Fazio

School Counseling / 5th Year Program

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Analisa Fazio is from Newton, Massachusetts and attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree.

Why did you choose BC?

She became interested in BC because of the Jesuit values and education that drive the mission of the university and the academics. She has also been lucky enough to have grown up around the campus because her mother worked and got her masters at BC, and her brother, cousin, and aunt also attended. She entered BC in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, unsure of what exactly she wanted to focus her studies on. By the end of freshman year she found her way to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and chose to double major in Applied Psychology & Human Development and Perspectives on Spanish America. She has a passion for learning and speaking Spanish that has been fueled by her Ecuadorian heritage. So she decided to spend her entire junior year abroad. The first semester in Madrid, Spain, and the second semester in Quito, Ecuador. While at BC she was involved in the International Assistant program, the Pulse program, and the LTL Dominican Republic Service and Immersion Trip. Throughout her years at BC she knew she wanted to be involved in education, She just was not sure in what position. Analisa applied to the 5th year program in the Lynch School during her junior year abroad for the Secondary Education track. Through different experiences she realized teaching was not for her, so she switched to the School Counseling program.

Academic and/or Career Interests

She realized her professional passion focused more on the individual students' needs, their family situations, learning differences, and personal exploration. As a School Counselor, she has the chance to work with students on the intersection of a number aspects of their life.

Personal Interests

Analisa is an outgoing and social person that loves to travel and explore. She loves exploring new cultures, languages, and meeting new people, and learning about their stories.

 

Chung (Chris) Yu Liu

Sean Xu

Educational Research Methodology

Email Sean

Sean Xu is an international student from China. He finished his undergraduate program study in Chengdu, a city famous for its hotpot and pandas

Why did you choose BC?

He chose BC because of its supportive and caring environment which optimizes his talent and ability, and enables students to become a whole person. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Sean is working on carrying out a qualitative research study to assist the Littles at Big Brothers and Big Sisters in SMART goal setting. In the future, he would like to be an educator working at a university or international school.

Personal Interests

He likes swimming, cooking, and engaging with motivated people.

 

Lilian Lopes de Andrade

Lilian Lopes de Andrade

Mental Health Counseling

Email Lilian

Lilian Lopes de Andrade is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her undergraduate studies in Clinical Psychology in the University of Sao Paulo. She holds a license to practice as a psychologist in Brazil and has experience working in outpatient and community clinics as well as bilingual education school setting.

She is part of the immigrant community in the USA having several relatives living in the USA including citizens, Brazilian-American naturalized citizens and non-citizens family members. She is currently an international student in the Mental Health Counseling program and has been a student in Boston, MA for the past 5 years. She completed English language educational programs and professional development courses as well as practiced as a Therapeutic Mentoring/In-Home Therapy services for 2 years at a community health agency in Boston, MA prior to joining the Master’s Program.

Why did you choose BC?

She joined the Mental Health Counseling program at BC hoping to focus on her interests and studying feminist, intersectional, relational, decolonizing, trauma informed psychodynamic work. Here at the Lynch School, she had the opportunity to participate in research assisting in the fields of intersectionality and identity development for immigrants.

Academic and/or Career Interests

She is interested in community development for immigrant populations, literature, mythology, language development and expressive arts such as story-telling, music and dance. Lilian is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Professional Continuing Education program and a Graduate International Student Ambassador for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

 

Sufia Mehmood

Sufia Mehmood

School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling 

Email Sufia

Sufia is excited to be the School Counseling Program Ambassador this year. She's originally from California but moved to the Boston area 7 years ago for her undergraduate education, which she completed at Harvard University. She studied Chemistry and Neurobiology while there, with plans to go to medical school. Instead, she found that she loved her psychology electives and decided to go that route instead.

Why did you choose BC?

She chose BC for her graduate education because she was able to pursue a Dual Master's degree in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling over the course of three years. She is in her final year now, and is excited for what lies in the future, whether that's a job as a school counselor or as a mental health clinician.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Sufia loves dancing (specifically salsa and bollywood), baking, and taking walks around the Reservoir. She's looking forward to connecting with everyone. 

 

Hannah Klein

Hannah Klein

Higher Education

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Hannah is from Athens, Ohio. She went to Ohio University for her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Spanish, and found her love for student affairs as a resident assistant, a tour guide and an orientation leader. She's a big sister, a runner, a foodie, and a traveler. 

Why did you choose BC?

When Hannah looked for graduate programs, she wanted to find a place where she could diversify her experience and positively impact the daily lives of students. She ended up choosing Boston College because of several conversations she had with faculty and students who were happy with their experience and proud of the work the Lynch School of Education and Human Development was doing, and because BC's Higher Ed program follows a flexible model. 

Academic and/or Career Interests

Hannah's assistantships have focused on student involvement and engagement and orientation, and she's also interested in career and academic advising. Her professional happy place is one-on-one student advising with an element of programming. 

Personal Interests

She loves to cook, hike, and explore new places.

 

Robert J. Van Pelt

Robert J. Van Pelt

International Higher Education

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Robert is a first-year student in the master's in International Higher Education here at Boston College. He's originally from just north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last nine years in Greensboro, North Carolina where he completed his B.A. in Economics at Guilford College in 2015. Following his graduation, he was fortunate to serve as the Assistant Director of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives at Guilford where he continued to work up until this past August. 

Why did you choose BC?

He chose BC because the program that he's pursuing his master's degree in had the theoretical, practical, and research pieces that he was looking for to compliment the practical experience that he had entering the program.

Academic and/or Career Interests

Education Abroad, International Student Scholar Services, Academic Advising & Support.

Personal Interests

Sports, Cooking, Traveling.