Beginning your first year of college can be intimidating enough, but imagine how it must feel to begin your first year in an entirely new country. Fortunately for HWS’ international students, their transition into college life will be made much smoother by the Colleges’ new international student services coordinator, Hope Galens. Approachable, easy to talk to and highly qualified, Galens is a wonderful addition to the HWS community. “I’m looking forward to meeting with the students,” Galens says. “Getting to know each student on a personal level will be the most rewarding part of the job.” Galens will work with students upon their arrival to campus, dealing with immigration, logistical and legal issues, as well as academic advising. “I’m the ‘go-to’ person to steer students in the right direction,” she says. In college, Galens studied abroad in Spain and experienced many of the same trials and tribulations of international students coming to the U.S. for the first time. “I know what it’s like to have a language barrier, to be thrown into a new culture, to be homesick,” Galens explains. “But I also know how rewarding and life-changing studying in a foreign country can be, so I want to make these students’ transitions as smooth and comfortable as possible.” Galens’s own personal experience has prepared her for this new position. “I feel like students can relate to me,” she explains. “I grew up in New York City, but now I live on a dairy farm, so I have a good balance of urban and rural experience.” In addition, Galens has a background in human services and advocacy and even worked for the Peace Corps in Guatemala. “I’m always willing to go the extra mile for others,” she assures. Galens graduated cum laude from University of Massachusetts, Boston with a bachelor’s in Spanish Literature and Language.