Lisanne Boling, '03
Looking back over the past 10 years, she said she “is somewhat amazed with where God has placed me.” While her interests are varied, she attributes the opportunities to pursue those interests to the leading of God in her life according to his plan.
With a major in communication arts and a minor in political science, Lisanne believes the foundational education she received at Bryan, as well as the professors’ commitment to challenge, encourage, and interact with students has attributed to her success in a variety of fields.
“I have had a variety of jobs over the last several years, but the tools I took from my time at Bryan have stayed with me throughout everything I have put my hand to,” she said. “I loved my time at Bryan.”
For Lisanne, her professors’ genuine interest in her well-being as they helped her prepare for the future continues to stand out as a key element of her Bryan experience. As she’s gone on to postgraduate work, Lisanne recounts that the influence of her professors has followed her.
“My professors encouraged me and challenged me in my faith and class work, and their investment continues to resonate with me now,” she said. “Having the skills to speak and write effectively are invaluable in any field a person could enter.”
Lisanne partly traces her exploration beyond U.S. borders to the advice of her professors who encouraged her to broaden her perspective and strengthen her knowledge of the world and all its parts.
“I remember Dr. Petitte reminding me to develop an international perspective by reading foreign publications as a way of getting an outside view looking in; it shows you just how big (and small) this world truly is,” she said.
Lisanne currently resides in Sydney, Australia, where she is studying for her masters of international studies with a focus on the Asia Pacific region at the University of Sydney. While studying, she works for the university in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International’s office.
“I work as the manager for the African region and manage the newly established Australia Africa Universities Network,” said Lisanne. “This position has continued to broaden my international experience further.”
Lisanne partly traces her exploration beyond U.S. borders to the advice of her professors who encouraged her broaden her perspective and strengthen her knowledge of the world and all its parts.