Cortney Graves developed a passion for intercultural learning and education while a student at Southwestern University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/ Political Science with a concentration in East Asia from Southwestern. She also received a minor in Chinese. She studied abroad at the Beijing Language and Cultural University in Beijing, China. While there, her capstone looked at the effect culture and history have on the image of women. After graduation, Cortney went to Mandalay, Myanmar to teach at Horizon International School. There, she helped prepare the students to attend and compete at international universities after graduation. Cortney strongly believes in study abroad and cultural exchange. She loves to help students navigate the cultural landscape of another country and help prepare them for such an adventure.