Victoria RadfordProgram Advisor

    Q&A With Program Management & Support Team Member: Victoria

    Q: What do you do at BCA Study Abroad? What is your favorite part of your job?

    A: I’m BCA’s Program Advisor! I advise students on selecting a BCA program and help with any questions including application, course selection, flights, and visa questions. My favorite part of my job is working with students directly to find the best program for them and seeing all the incredible experiences they have abroad!


    Q: What is your favorite travel memory?

    A: When I traveled to Vienna, Austria, I got hopelessly lost on the public transportation system. Even though I wasn’t looking for it, I ended up stumbling upon the Belvedere Museum where I got to see the works of my favorite painter, Gustav Klimt. On the way back, I found a great kaffeehaus and had the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had! Getting lost isn’t always a bad thing.


    Q: What is one piece of advice you would give a student thinking about studying abroad?

    A: Start early! College flies by, so make sure you think about study abroad early and make a plan with your advisors. Make a list of your goals (academic, personal, and professional) and find a program that will help you achieve them.


    Q: Do you have any pets?

    A: I have a rescued Maine Coon mix cat named Kat Harrington. He loves going for swims in the bathtub and wrestling his stuffed caterpillar.


    Q: Did you study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to study abroad?

    A: I studied abroad twice! I studied abroad for a semester in Grantham, England and lived in London for several months. I also did a faculty-led program to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. I studied English and Global Studies in college, and I was inspired to study abroad because of the world literatures I studied.


    Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

    A: Mint chocolate chip!


    Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

    A: Travel! I spend a lot of time exploring my own city and taking daytrips nearby. I’m also an avid reader and bread baker.


    Q: Before you travel to a new place what research do you do to learn about the host community, local cultures or the impact of your visit?

    A: I always do some research on the local culture and community. I’ll also do a search to see if there are any local events or festivals happening during my stay. I try to do my research so that I can avoid touristy locations and engage more actively with the community. I’ll also use Duolingo to brush up on my foreign language skills!