My name is Jenika Heim. I joined the Fulbright Canada team as the Education USA Advisor at the beginning of September, just in time to attend the 2014 Fall Orientation for Fulbright Canada’s Fulbright scholars and Killam students. My predecessor, Michael O’Shea, has returned to graduate school and is pursuing a M.S.Ed in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. I will be working with both Fulbright Canada and the US Embassy in Canada to provide advising services to prospective US bound students and to identify and promote educational opportunities for Canadians in the United States. I look forward to connecting in person, at fairs, and through the various social media tools.
I was born and raised in beautiful northern California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. I completed my B.A. in History and Communications with a Minor in Social and Ethnic Relations at the University of California, Davis (go Ags!). At UC Davis, I made the Dean’s List, volunteered as a campus disc jockey, worked as a double-decker bus driver, and competed on both the rowing and rugby teams. I went on to earn a M.A. in Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. There, I was honoured with a Graduate Teaching Associate award for my role in teaching introductory level Women’s Studies courses, something that I truly enjoy. Fully embracing my Southern Californian environment, I took a surfing course which gave me one unit towards my degree and entrenched my love for the ocean.
I have always gravitated towards the academic world, both as a student and as a manager. I embrace putting students first and helping them reach their academic goals. Between 2006 and 2014, I worked for Kaplan Test Prep, specializing in pre-college exams (SAT, ACT, PSAT) and instructor management.Through my work with Kaplan, I bring a unique knowledge set to Fulbright and the US Embassy, especially in the area of standardized testing and US college admissions. I look forward to advising students and helping them find their best academic fit, and I also look forward to working with all of you!