Chelsea Audibert ’13 ~ Italy Center Experience Leads to International Career
Since her May 2013 graduation, Chelsea Audibert ’13 hasn’t wasted a moment of time putting her international relations degree to proper use. The Spring Hill College alumna from Slidell, La., now jet-sets to Germany, Mexico, and across the United States recruiting students for the Ross School in East Hampton, N.Y.
Audibert credits her experience at the Spring Hill College Italy Center for helping her secure the position as an admissions associate. “My experience in Italy gave my employers the confidence to assign me international recruiting assignments as a new employee,” says Audibert. “My time in Bologna grew my confidence as a global citizen. I lived and studied with Italian students, traveled to many different countries, and learned much about politics in the European Union.”
Audibert was a member of the Spring Hill College Italy Center inaugural class in the spring of 2011. Dr. Todd Waller, director of the Italy Center, recalls Audibert as an “ideal” American abroad.
"As an intern, Chelsea truly set the bar high for those who have followed,” says Waller. “She jumped into the deep end and made a positive impact. Chelsea worked hard to learn the language, explored the nooks and crannies of the oldest university town in the world, and in the process, made a number of Italian friends.”
Audibert adds that her time at the Italy Center gave her the confidence to pursue a career in foreign service. “It was one of my most valuable experiences in building myself as a professional,” says Audibert. “Ross is a boarding and day school with a student body that represents 34 different nationalities, so experience abroad was crucial.”
She also credits her Spring Hill College professors giving her the encouragement and inspiration to follow her dreams. “This is a very special place. I enrolled here because of the small class sizes and the personalized educational experience,” says Audibert. “All of my instructors knew my name, and many took time to talk to me in depth about my goals for the future.”
Dr. Sergio Castello, professor of international business and economics at Spring Hill College, taught Audibert’s Ignatian Business Values and Social Entrepreneurship course. The class examined the Ignatian Pedagogy Model of Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation as it relates to business leaders. Topics included the moral and spiritual character of the manager, the responsibility to use managerial skills for the benefit of others, and a special concern for the poor and marginalized. Audibert and her classmates were then tasked with developing and executing an action plan relating to social entrepreneurship.
“Chelsea organized a shoe drive in collaboration with Soles4Souls,” says Dr. Castello. “She engaged the Spring Hill College community to gather 3,000 shoes in one semester for the poor, marginalized, and those in need. Chelsea understood the role of a business woman in the world is to be of service to others and to make the world a better place. It’s evident that Chelsea is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.”
“Dr. Castello’s instruction, expertise, and connections have been invaluable for me, not only during my time on the Spring Hill campus, but after I moved to New York,” says Audibert. “When I relocated to the City, I didn't know anyone. Then, Dr. Castello told me that Julian Mirand '11 lives in NYC. Because we are Badgers for life, I called him, and we ended up meeting for coffee. The SHC family is small, yet our reach is far and wide. Badgers are never strangers, and that is what I cherish about the Spring Hill College experience.”
Audibert, a double major in Hispanic studies, also volunteered her time all four years at Spring Hill College as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. She also served with the Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Resettlement program. The ability to not only manage, but excel at volunteering duties, internships, and classwork prepared Audibert to succeed as an admissions associate for the Ross School.
“No two days are ever the same, but I really enjoy it. It’s a fast-paced environment that requires a lot of flexibility,” says Audibert. “When I’m not traveling, I process applications, conduct campus tours with prospective students and families, input information into our database, complete interviews, and work with international educational consultants.”
When she’s not recruiting students for Ross and traveling the globe, Audibert spends her time surfing, swimming, kayaking, and running, as well as reading memoirs, The Huffington Post, and fashion magazines. She also loves keeping up with other Spring Hill College Badgers.
“My best friend, Carolina Dominguez ’13, now lives in a different country, working as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; but we write letters, Skype, and make an effort to keep abreast of each other's lives,” says Audibert. “I also keep in touch with my friends via Instagram, texts, and phone calls. I love having friends from all around the country. Badgers are everywhere.”