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My primary focus is immigration. I advise international students who have questions regarding their I-20s, DS-2019s, CPT, OPT, and change of status applications. I also provide travel signatures on Forms I-20 and DS-2019 and provide official GEO documents for those students applying for their Social Security Card (due to on-campus or off-campus employment), NYS Driver’s License, and NYS Non-Driver Photo ID. I also register students in SEVIS every term, and am responsible for keeping the information in SEVIS regarding SUNY Plattsburgh international students updated and properly recorded with physical documentation.
Academic Credentials:B.A., English Language and Literature, Saint Michael’s College (Burlington, VT). M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Saint Michael’s College
Personal Biography: My interest in international education was fostered initially by my parents, Richard and Suzanne Bratek. They are great lovers of all things international and are my greatest mentors. My father traveled to Europe for his job and we lived in England, France, Germany and Switzerland when I was very young. I believe that this started a life-long interest in things international. During my childhood, my parents hosted international performers, welcomed international families into our rural VT community, and organized local international dinners and fairs. They were even insane enough to allow me to journey to Turkey and Greece as part of an international folkdance troop and I performed at International Children’s Day festivities in both Greece and Turkey!
As an undergraduate at Saint Michael’s College, I assisted with housing, keys, banking, transportation, interpretation services, and events for international students. I knew instantly that I wanted to be an International Student Advisor after this experience. Following my graduation from Saint Michael’s College, I was accepted into the MATESL program and added Graduate MATESOL Assistant to my resume. I studied TESL, taught ESL in both university and public school settings, and assisted international graduate students with their academic and personal needs. This was my first exposure to U.S. immigration – it was paper-based and you had to do the forms on a typewriter! I left the USA after graduation and lived and worked in Bristol, England, UK. My future husband and I stayed for four years in England, but came back to Vermont in 2000.
Four years later, my life was enriched by the addition of my three beautiful children. Even though I was a full-time mom for 8 years, I stayed active in the international education arena by doing contract work for Saint Michael’s College and the Vermont Council on World Affairs. About two years or so ago, I started work at Saint Michael’s College as an international admissions assistant where I was reintroduced to immigration. I was hired as the International Student Advisor at SUNY Plattsburgh in August 2012. I am overjoyed to have fulfilled my life-long desire to be an advisor to international students and to dig into the world of U.S. immigration. I am learning each day from both the SUNY Global Education staff and the international student body at SUNY, and I just love it!
Places I have visited/lived: My family and I lived in England, France, Germany and Switzerland. I have traveled to Turkey, Greece, France, Canada, Venezuela, England, Scotland, and Wales. Our hope is to take our children to back to England to see their grandparents from Nepal, and to one day visit Ireland, Nepal, and New Zealand.
Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh activity: Driving along Lake Champlain in Fall from either the New York or Vermont side and seeing the colors against the blue lake. It is really stunning!
Best advice for prospective international students: 1) If you plan on changing something related to your studies, please come see me first! And more importantly… 2) Cherish each day! Your time spent at SUNY Plattsburgh is a special time in your life and it will go by so quickly. Stop and savor your experience in the United States, and take pictures and keep memories of your visit that you can look back on when you have graduated and are doing important things in your countries. Hopefully, we at GEO will be in one of those pictures….
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