Alumni Tale: Lacey Ryder ’17

What did you study at UNH?

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Women’s Studies

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Working as an English Language Assistant with the BEDA (Bilingual English Development and Assessment) program in Spain. I’m at a colegio for 3-16-year-olds in Madrid where I assist primary classroom teachers in leading activities, games, cultural presentations, and projects in English.

What are you doing now?

See above.

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

No, although I did participate in UNH’s National Student Exchange (NSE) program, through which I spent a semester studying at California State University, Chico.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

My time at UNH has had a significant impact on getting me to where I am currently. Through my Communication Disorders major, I gained skills that are helping me teach English to foreign students, while my Women’s Studies major gave me the opportunity to learn more about diversity and different cultures in a way that majorly influenced my decision to move abroad. All of the leadership experiences I gained while at UNH, from working as a teaching assistant to volunteering for SHARPP to holding positions in multiple student orgs, prepared me for what I’m doing now.

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH provided me with numerous valuable experiences that helped me become who I am today. All of the people I met, in my classes, and in particular through student organizations and the Women’s Studies department, really made my time at university an incredible one.