Adelaide Columnas

Chicago, Ho Chi Minh City, Rome

Adelaide Columnas's Story

Adelaide Columnas recently began an exclusive two-year master's degree program for international higher education at Loyola University in Chicago. With 20 other students from around the world, she is researching how globalizing forces affect higher education and its systems internationally.

While the students are always in contact to work, learn and share their ideas, they will not meet in-person regularly throughout the program. In January 2016, they met for the first time at one of Loyola's overseas centers in Vietnam, where they toured universities and participated in discussion panels with professors. Her team will meet again on Loyola's Rome campus.

“I love how the program is so versatile,” she said. “I'm able to explore aspects of higher education and really learn what's involved in the process.”

Columnas developed connections with her Monmouth professors, who encouraged her to explore her passions and pushed her to succeed. Biology professor James Godde matched her with a three-week research project in Southeast Asia. Another connection led her to Bren Tooley, Monmouth's director of international recruitment, who gave her insight into the field she's currently studying and pushed her to study abroad in Spain her senior year.

“If it weren't for the experiences and wonderful mentors and advisers at Monmouth, I may not have found what I really wanted to get into,” she said.

“Ade is brilliantly launched into a rewarding profession, and I am absolutely delighted that she has chosen this career path,” said Tooley, who noted that Columnas joins a Monmouth tradition of accomplished alumni in the field of international education and counseling.

  • Future plans
    After Columnas completes the master's program, she plans to work for a foundation that supports non-profit, grassroots organizations that want to make differences in their communities.
  • Continent countdown
    Columnas's passport already has many stamps, and she has just two continents left to visit—Australia and Antarctica.
If it weren't for the experiences and wonderful mentors and advisers at Monmouth, I may not have found what I really wanted to get into.


Adelaide Columnas ’14
Major: Biopsychology & Spanish