Erin Kelso is the assistant coordinator of University Relations at the ESC. She has been with the ESC since January 2019. In her position, she helps ESC to foster relationships with partner universities in the U.S, takes care of logistics for visiting professors, and assists with coordinating some of the short-term study programs.
Erin says: “When I was an undergraduate student in the United States, I studied abroad for a semester in India. This experience helped me broaden my understanding of the world, develop as a person, and connect with really amazing people that I otherwise would not have gotten the chance to meet. That’s why I decided to work at the ESC — because I want to help other students have a life-changing experience like I had. I hope our students will use the knowledge they gain in Heidelberg to work for positive change in their communities and in the world. I love forming bonds with the students here and seeing their growth from the time they arrive in Germany to the time they go back home at the end of the semester.”
Q: What led you to this job?
A: After completing my bachelor’s degree in the U.S., I came to Germany to work as an au pair for a family in Munich, which is how I became fluent in German. I decided to stay in Germany and am currently working on my master’s in anthropology at the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg. When I first moved to Germany, everything was totally new and I had to figure it all out by myself. My job at the ESC enables me to use my personal experiences to help others who are new to Heidelberg get acclimated to life here. I was also attracted to the intercultural aspect of the work at the ESC because it fits well with anthropology, my field of study.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: In 2015 I graduated with a bachelor in political science from a small college in Minnesota, my home state in the United States.
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