Recruiter sees both sides of Mumbai, India

Dean of Admissions, Dane Rowley, adventures to Mumbai, India to recruit students launching Augustana’s focused effort to welcome more international students to campus.

Augustana’s A travels across the globe – here it is relaxing in the breezes of the Indian Ocean.

Dane shares some of his reflections from Mumbai:

I had no idea before coming to Mumbai that a Range Rover, a taxi, a motorized rickshaw, a pedestrian, a beggar and a handcart could all share 2 lanes in the road with no traffic lights, no lane markers and no shortage of honking, all the while going 40-50 mph. Well, the handcart , beggar and pedestrian weren’t going that fast but they sure were darting and weaving between the traffic.

I’m grateful for an incredibly skilled cabby named Mahesh for getting me everywhere I needed to go, on time (anyone who has traveled to Mumbai knows that alone is a feat), and with the skill and order viagra no prescription thrill of a car ride that would make Jason Bourne look like he’s got a learner’s permit. The last 2 days have made for an incredible first visit to India.

The counselors at the EdUSA/USIEF office were so welcoming and the students at my college essay writing workshop there were some of the most engaged, participatory and insightful groups I’ve had. The advisors from EduWorld I visited with were equally hospitable. They soaked up everything I had to say about Augie, brought me several great students to interview and set up a great visit at an IB school.

Yes, there is so much poverty and suffering in front of your face everywhere in India. My heart broke each time a mother or a child knocked on my window in traffic asking for money. And, yes I was careful with what I ate or drank to make sure I didn’t get sick.

But, there is also so much good there. I witnessed acts of kindness, wonderful poems and pictures graffiti’ed all over the place calling for non-violence, peace and an end to terrorism as a political tool. I didn’t witness a single instance of road rage or a single car accident despite the 6-7 hours a day I spent in traffic. There is so much good and grace in a place
that too often gets a bad rap. I will

look back fondly on my first trip to India.

Outside the Prince of Wales Museum

The Gateway of India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum)

Dane at the Gateway of India and Taj Hotel

Haji Ali Dargah Shariff 7

Incredible India

More of a threat than a sign

Interfaith drawer dialogue at the Marriott in India

Sunset of the Indian Ocean

About meghancooley

Meghan Cooley has worked in admissions for over 15 years. She's served in a variety of roles, ranging from tour guide to admissions counselor to her most recent position as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Through many admissions cycles - she's experienced the ebb and flow of the higher education landscape in the Midwest, become an expert on family dynamics within the college search, guided many through the details of the college search and witnessed the joy and disappointment of student college decisions.

Now, as the Director of Recruitment Communication and Manager of social media at Augustana College, Meghan and her team of talented students focus on marketing Augustana to prospective families, educating families about the college search process, and enhancing professional development opportunities in the profession. She is passionate about increasing diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) in private higher education, alleviating the fears and frustrations that often come with a college search (especially in first generation families), and above all, helping students find the best fit for them as they explore all the educational opportunities available.

Meghan often invites guest bloggers mostly including Augustana admissions staff and current students to contribute. The talented students and staff offer a perspective in the trenches of the college search and college experience.

A 1999 graduate of Augustana College, Meghan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Spanish. An avid international traveler, she recommends hiking the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu in Peru, eating Gelato in Rome, Italy, and seeing an opera at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. She is married to Augustana graduate and Modern Woodmen project manager, Luke Cooley. They have three sons, Charles, Oliver and Bennett.
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