Esther Ra

Associate Director, Nursing/Education/Social Work

Esther Ra

Dr. Esther Ra is an advisor for students and alums in the schools of Nursing, Education, and Social Policy and Practice. She has worked in the field of education in a myriad of roles, including administration, research, supervision, professional development, and teaching. She has also enjoyed teaching internationally in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to advising at Penn, Dr. Ra is also an Adjunct Professor, teaching graduate students at Cabrini University. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology, from Barnard College, Columbia University. She also holds a Certificate in TESOL from Biola University. She enjoys interacting and advising students, guiding and mentoring them towards a steered interest or passion.

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3 Essential Job-Search Strategies for International Students in 2021

By: Derek Loosvelt on firsthand.co

Published: Jan 27, 2021

To say the least, the Trump administration didn’t extend a warm welcome to international students at U.S. …

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How To Study or Work Abroad No Matter Who You Are or What you Do

by Natalie Jesionka on the themuse.com

Have you ever thought about studying or working abroad but shrugged it off because you didn’t think it would be doable or relevant for your career?

If so, you’re not alone. Recently, the White …

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Taking the Imposter out of Imposter Syndrome

What is imposter syndrome? If you’ve never heard this term or experienced it, consider yourself lucky, but you may have experienced it without even realizing it. Imposter syndrome, perhaps at universities such as Penn, are not entirely uncommon. Anecdotally, it’s …

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Preparing for the Dreaded Panel Interview

*Recently, the topic of panel interviewing has come up frequently in my advising sessions. Below are some thoughts and resources I have compiled. 

Preparing for the Dreaded Panel Interview

After you’ve landed the coveted interview, and passed the initial screening, …

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Interviewing: Answers for “Do You Have Any Questions for Us?”  During Covid-19

by Dr. Esther H. Ra

Often interviewees will forget that an interview is ultimately a two-way street.  As much as an employer is taking a deeper look at your skill sets and experience during an interview, as the interviewee, it …

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Tips for International Students: Revamping Your Resume

For international students that have newly arrived here from overseas, congratulations on finishing up your first semester here at Penn. I’m sure it was no small feat to prepare to leave your home for a long duration on your own, …

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Penn Resources for Graduate Students with Families

Last semester, a graduate student who I had advised asked as she was leaving, if I knew any information about parenting resources for graduate students on Penn campus. As I spoke to the student, it occurred to me that in …

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