Gaby OlaguibelOff Campus Study Coordinator
After graduating from Hope in 2013, Gaby later began working in her current position as off-campus study coordinator for the Fried Center for Global Engagement in spring 2017.
She greatly enjoys working with Hope students who study off campus and witnessing the growth that comes from the experience for each student.
After studying abroad in Berlin, Germany, during her third year as a Hope student, and having lived in Mexico City, Mexico, until the age of 19, she has witnessed first-hand the gift of living in different places and knowing different cultures. She now has the privilege of helping Hope students figure out what an off campus study experience could look like for them. Her favorite part of the process is getting to see the growth in students' perspective, maturity and academics that studying off campus can bring.
On a day-to-day basis she shares with various constituents and student groups across campus about off-campus study opportunities, advises individual students and works with the global ambassadors — a volunteer group comprised of returning off campus study students who participate in various outreach endeavors.
- M.S., higher education and student affairs, Baylor University, 2015
- B.A., sociology and German, Hope College, 2013
After earning her master's degree, Gaby had the pleasure of working with first-generation college students at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
Why I Love Hope
Gaby remembers arriving at Hope to begin her college career with mixed emotions as her original college plans did not involve moving to the U.S. However, by the end of her first semester, she was convinced she was in the right place. The main reason for this is also the reason she loves Hope: the community she found on this campus.
Throughout her college career, beginning with international student orientation, she met people that still speak into her life today, some of whom she now gets to work with as colleagues. It is a joy to see Hope students find their community here, where they can be supported, challenged and transformed — and to be a part of that process.
Outside the College
During her personal time, Gaby enjoys talking to friends and loved ones, traveling, being out in nature and salsa dancing. She and her husband David also enjoy serving at their church through worship and teaching.