Hattiesburg, Miss., July 30, 2012 -
If you had asked William Carey University alumna Ame Karoly two years ago what she would be doing after graduation she never would have dreamed she would be living in China. However, Karoly currently works at Linyi Normal University in Linyi, China, full-time as a foreign communications assistant in the international office and part-time as a conversational English teacher.
WCU and Linyi University established a faculty and student exchange partnership in 2007. Karoly, who was a mass communication major, spent spring of 2011 teaching conversational English at Linyi along with three other Carey students. By the end of the term, she had a job offer, and decided to take it. Upon graduation from WCU in August 2011, Karoly moved to Linyi where she continues to help the Chinese students with their English and promote student abroad programs.
“The goal of the international office is to increase the interaction between students while also encouraging them to learn languages and cultures other than their own,” Karoly said. “In our office we strongly promote studying abroad, and I especially am encouraging students to attend William Carey.”
Karoly said that so far, she has 40 students who have expressed interest in coming to Carey, and 10 of those have started the application process.
As a student at Carey, Karoly was very involved, starting the Crusaders for Life chapter, which is a branch of the Students For Life of America pro-life group. She was also editor of The Cobblerstudent newspaper and participated in Carey theatre.
Ame Karoly, a 2011 William Carey University alumna, chats with Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, about her current job a foreign communications assistant in the international office at Linyi Normal University in Linyi, China. WCU and Linyi University have a faculty and student exchange partnership that was established in 2007, and Karoly spent a semester at Linyi teaching conversational English and taking classes as a Carey student.