As an international student, I had lots of anxieties and fears about living in the U.S., let alone about working in the country under the policies that applied to me.
As a student and employee of NIU, I have had quite a few challenges with the STEM OPT policies. I have found out that one cannot make progress without the support of well-meaning department staff.
Stephanie’s advice has proved very useful in allowing me to pursue another degree at NIU. She’s very knowledgeable and not afraid to fight for any student in regards to immigration documentation, work visa extension and being in status. You might say, “She’s just doing her job,” and I would agree, but I think the dedication and passion she puts into it makes her unique.
I am grateful for her, as are other international students.