International Student Services Staff - Amelia Lushia
I am the primary immigration resource for all SUNY Plattsburgh international students (specifically those with F-1 and J-1 visa status). My role is in some ways is like a cross-cultural facilitator, assisting students with the opportunities available to them within their visa type; advocating for them here on-campus and as a liaison with governmental agencies as needed.
Academic credentials: B.A. Psychology, SUNY New Paltz; M.A. Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of Illinois at Chicago.
Personal biography: Growing up in a small-town in Upstate NY, I always loved meeting people from other parts of the world. Those friends inspired me to travel, study and work abroad. I love working as an International Student Advisor because I can continue to meet people from other cultures and backgrounds. I moved to Plattsburgh in 2009 after falling in love and marrying a “North Country Boy”. We now have 2 small children that keep us very busy! I love that we live in a beautiful, rural area yet still a short drive from amazing cities like Montreal, Lake Placid and Burlington.
Places I have visited: After graduating high-school, I was a Rotary Exchange Student in the French-Speaking part of Belgium for one year. During that time I was able to travel to many places in Western Europe and visit good friends in Norway (who we often still visit). After receiving my Master’s degree, I lived and worked in Mozambique (Africa) as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. I made sure to take the opportunity to travel to South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia before I came back to the States! Since that time I have traveled to a different cities in China for work, plus my husband and I spent our honeymoon in Argentina. I still need to visit Australia, Antarctica, and many other places!
Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh activity: I love Orientation. To me, it’s like Christmas, meeting new international students who are so excited to be here and working with Orientation Leaders who are amazing people with generous hearts.
Favorite experience as GEO staff member: Watching the new international students laughing, and yelling while playing outdoor summer games at the Welcome Picnic for Orientation. It is so much fun and connects us as human beings no matter where we are from.
Best advice for prospective international students: You are a risk taker because you decided to study abroad. I encourage you to continue to take positive “risks” by joining clubs and sports which will provide you with opportunities that will enhance your experience here! Also, it is *always* OK to ask for help. The only stupid question is the one you do not ask.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
If you have any questions about international admission or financial aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Global Education Office and International Admissions
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA
Phone: (518) 564-3287
Fax: (518) 564-3292