HPU Alumna Puts Her Education To Work In Mexico

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 10, 2009 – Gena Smith Thomas, a 2006 graduate of High Point University, is putting her education to work internationally.
Thomas, who majored in English and minored in political science and Spanish, will be moving to Mexico near the end of July to teach English as a second language to 6th-10th graders.
Thomas says she became involved in similar activities during her time at HPU. In fact, she took a semester off during her junior year to visit Nicaragua for three months.
“I worked with preschoolers at that point, teaching them English,” Thomas says. “I then worked as a teacher’s assistant the rest of the time. The same missionaries I worked with in Nicaragua are now in Mexico, and we’ll be living near them.”
Thomas adds that the skills she learned during her time at HPU are certainly helpful in her line of work.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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