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Priya Cramer

Assistant Director, International Admissions
International Education and Services
Office: International Village, Room 124B 

Describe your job in the Office of International Education and Services/Intensive English Program.

As the assistant director for international admissions, my primary role is to assist all international students; including IEP, freshman, transfer, returning, visiting and graduate applicants, seeking admission at Southeast Missouri State University. I constantly review all aspects of the admission process to ensure a consistent, systematic and feasible approach for all prospective students.

Besides SEMO, where else have you worked and/or studied?

At 18, I came to U.S. in 2006 from Mumbai, India to pursue my undergraduate studies in Music Industry and Audio Production at State University of New York, College at Oneonta. At the end of my program in 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern and work at MTV Networks in New York City, first as music and talent intern and then as production assistant with MTV Iggy. After this glorious experience, in 2011, I moved to Cape Girardeau, MO in pursuits of continuing my higher education in the Master of Business Administration degree specializing in General management.

During the course of my study, I was fortunate to participate in two study abroad programs with the International Business Program, one to London and Paris during Spring break 2012 and the other a semester long trip for a dual degree exchange program to Schmalkalden, Germany where I earned another graduate degree- Master of Arts in International Business and Economics. I am extremely thankful to Southeast which gave me these incredible opportunities. But my connection with Southeast did not end upon graduating in 2013. I was very excited to apply for and secure the position of International Student Counselor at the Office of International Education and Services, within three months of graduating. A year later, I changed roles and assumed the position of the Assistant Director for International Admissions, the capacity in which I serve presently.

What is one thing you like about working at SEMO?

Passion! Each day I interact with and learn from very motivated individuals. These include my coworkers within my department and colleagues across campus. I also admire the eagerness and anticipation each prospective students brings, as they embark on a leap of faith in their quest for knowledge. And last but not the least, working for an institution that truly represents the ‘Will to do’. These daily experiences sparks my momentum and motivates me in turn to positively impact others experiences.

What are your favorite things to do in and around Cape Girardeau?

Shop, visit with friends, participate in the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) events at the Newman center on campus and play the piano and sing.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I was born without my right leg below the knee and so I wear a prosthetic leg which makes me VERY COOL!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Antarctica! This is not a destination that is on top of the list for most people which makes it very attractive to me and the mysterious nature of this virtually uninhabited land/ice mass truly intrigues my curiosity. Madagascar is a close second.

What is one piece of advice you would give to SEMO students (international or domestic)?

Travel during breaks, go on a mission trip and Study Abroad at least once! Trust me, you will NEVER regret it!


International Village

International Education and Services
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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