Jo Golden

Jo Golden
Senior Assistant Director for Admissions and Campus Programs



(360) 650-2494


Seoul, Korea

College Major

Bachelors of Arts in English, Creative Writing Emphasis; Master’s in Adult and Higher Education

About Me

I grew up overseas in Korea and Singapore before moving to Washington to attend high school. I thought I wanted to go to college in Seattle, California, or on the East Coast, but after visiting different university campuses, I fell for Western and Bellingham – especially its proximity to two big cities and being only minutes from the water.

I was excited about the opportunities I would have as an undergraduate and found it a great value for an excellent education. Western challenges its students to think critically about the world around them and fosters individuality and independence. I was unsure what I wanted to study, but through the relationships I built with professors on campus, I was encouraged to consider writing and I quickly found the direction I wanted to take.

Western helped me step out of my comfort zone and gave me incredible experiences as a student. I traveled, was a crew coxswain, had the opportunity to be published in several magazines, and got involved in several clubs on campus. After college I worked at a community college for several years, which led to my enjoyment of working in higher education. I love working in an industry of lifelong learning and helping students with their college search processes as they pursue their educational passions and goals.