Kriti Gopal was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She came to the United States in 2009 to pursue her undergraduate degree in corporate communication with a minor in public relations at the University of Central Missouri (UCM). She holds master’s degrees in mass communication and student affairs administration from UCM as well and has had work experiences across various institutions of higher education. Kriti’s passion and interest in higher education stems from her intentional connections through campus involvement and professional organizations. Currently, she is a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to becoming a doctoral student, Kriti worked as a program assistant in the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education at Dartmouth College. Her research interests include understanding international student identities and experiences through persistence and retention, adjustment issues, and policy reforms. Kriti is multilingual and can fluently speak three South Asian languages – Tamil, Hindi and Marathi.