Washington People: Amy Suelzer

Amy Suelzer with students
9.30.2015--Amy Suelzer, Director of Overseas Programs.Students from left:Jeff Schwartz, senior, International & Area Studies & Spanish from Scarsdale, NY;Caroline Buhse,senior, Latin American Studies & Spanish from Boulder, CO.Photo by Joe Angeles/WUS

If Amy Suelzer, PhD, director of Overseas Programs in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, wrote a memoir, a likely title might be “My Serendipitous Life.” Many of her life-changing decisions seem to have been guided by moments when an opportunity presented itself, and Suelzer seized it.

She seized it even as a child. “I was about 10 or 11 years old, and we went to a Mexican restaurant,” Suelzer recalled. “I ordered something, and the waitress said, ‘You pronounced that really well!’ So when I had to choose a language in middle school, I remembered that incident, and so I chose Spanish.”

Read the full story in The Source: Washington People: Amy Suelzer