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Samantha Thompson worked as a research assistant on a variety of tasks for CCWT. Also an undergraduate alumna of UW–Madison, while working with CCWT, she was pursuing her graduate studies at the university in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, specializing in Global Higher Education. She is particularly interested in using a comparative lens to examine international education systems and policy. Her research interests lie in exploring how higher education systems around the world prepare their students to thrive in their careers and lives. She also focuses domestically on the international student experience at American universities in the college to workforce transition.