Carrie Lynn Taylor

Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services (PDSO/RO)
International Education and Services
(573) 986-6751
Office: International Village, Room 124F 

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

I serve the international students at Southeast by advising on maintaining lawful status, resolving status violations, accessing benefits, and all other issues related to legal status in the United States. I function as a contact person between the U.S. government and Southeast, serving as the Principle Designated School Official for students at Southeast on an F visa and Responsible Officer for exchange visitors on a J visa. I also work with “SACM” students to support their needs to maintain their Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission scholarship.

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

I worked in retail management for many years before moving to Cape Girardeau and eventually starting to work at Southeast. I received an Associate Degree from Lincoln Land Community College before receiving my bachelor degree from Southeast as well as my master degree in TESOL form Southeast.

What is one thing you like about working at SEMO?

I love working with international students at Southeast because they bring such a diverse cultural experience to my work life. I enjoy learning about the many countries represented by our international student population. I also enjoy helping the students and giving them the support that they need when their support system of family and friends is so far away.

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

I love to spend time with my husband, son, and friends. We enjoy the local restaurants and the movie theater. I really like to cuddle with my dogs, Leia and Domino, and watch TV and movies. I also appreciate that there are many large cities within driving distance, but I can delight in living in a smaller city with little traffic and I can get anywhere in town in less than 15 minutes!

What is one interesting fact about you?

I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer at 12 years old. After chemotherapy and surgery, I was deemed cancer-free. I have remained cancer-free for more than 25 years!

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

Everywhere! I would love to visit as many places as possible because each place is unique and special.

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

GO TO CLASS!! (I speak from experience.)


International Village

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

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