Meet the Author: Patricia Beavan
July 15, 2019
I began learning geography in elementary school and I bombarded my parents with questions about other countries, other cultures, and other languages. When I learned there was an entire world beyond my hometown of Eldersburg, Maryland, I was fascinated. Enter Rick Steves. If you're not familiar with Rick, he hosted a cheesy travel television show in the 1990s. As a kid, I maxed out my library rental limit every weekend to bring home his VHS tapes and guidebooks. I became obsessed with the world.
When I enrolled in Spanish I in eighth grade, it was the single best day of my life up until that point. I expected I would be fluent in weeks and then jet off into the world, but I nearly failed the class. I was so bad at Spanish. The good news is, I scraped by for 4 more years because, even though I struggled, I absolutely loved it studying the language and its cultures. Eventually, all the vocabulary and grammar started to click when I reached college. I declared a Spanish major, spent time abroad, and finally brought my Spanish to a level that my eighth-grade self would be proud of.
I taught high school Spanish for a year, which helped me realize I love building relationships with young people and pushed me to pursue a career in higher education. My master's in higher education showed me the possibilities of working with international students, which finally placed me in the world of international admissions. I love working in admissions because I understand the potential that beginning a new program holds. I am proof that it takes just one class or one subject to change your life.
I am so grateful to do what I do and to do it in Philadelphia. When I'm not working or traveling, you can probably find me at any of the free yoga in the city or sitting in a park with my dog and a good book. I love being outside, so I probably haven't seen anyone's favorite movie or TV show, but I think I'm getting close to running or biking every street in the city.
Patricia Beavan is an Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Drexel and focuses on recruiting and supporting international applicants.