Lauren Ball is the assistant director for programs in the Office of International Services, a unit of the Office of Global Engagement. Ball recently celebrated her 10 year work anniversary at NC State, where she works to help international students, scholars, and dependents succeed.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Virginia but moved around a lot due to my dad’s job. By the time I graduated high school, we’d lived in six different places including Mississippi, Virginia for a second time, Ohio, Maryland and Hawaii. I’m a proud graduate of UNC Asheville where I double majored in history and French. I also studied abroad in France during my undergraduate studies and lived with an incredible French family as part of my program. Given my eventual career choice, it’s safe to say it was a life changing experience. My educational pursuits eventually brought me to NC State and I received my Master’s in International Studies degree in 2008.
How long have you been with NC State and the Office of Global Engagement?
I manage orientation and programming in the Office of International Services. Our goal is to introduce our international students, scholars and dependents to the resources they have at NC State and to help them leverage those resources to be successful. We also work to provide social and educational programs and events so that our international population can acclimate to their new home and build a social network here. With the cultural expertise our international population brings to NC State, we also seek out ways to engage domestic students, faculty, staff and the greater Raleigh community. None of it would be possible without our amazing volunteers and my wonderful OIS colleagues.
Without question, it’s our international students, scholars and dependents. After ten years, I still consider myself very fortunate to constantly learn more about the world through them. I admire their courage in moving to a new place and the importance they place on education to do so. They positively impact our campus in so many ways and seeing them succeed at NC State brings me joy.