From Being to Becoming: An International Student’s Journey at Becoming an International Education Scholar




autoethnography, international students, international higher education, student development, identity development


Framed as a critical autoethnography (Boylorn & Orbe, 2020), this study is a reflection on my personal and academic journey from ‘being’ an international student in the United States, to ‘becoming’ a scholar who studies issues of international student mobility. Through a comprehensive dataset comprised of self-reflection, personal communications, published and unpublished scholarly works, and presentations, I show how by being the Other and observing or experiencing issues of discrimination against international students, I transformed my scholarly identity and used my agency to bring attention to these issues.

Author Biography

Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, Seton Hall

Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, Ph.D. is an independent researcher and also serves as a coordinator for CONAHEC’s mobility programs. His research interests are in the internationalization of higher education, intercultural competence development and organization and administration of higher education institutions.


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How to Cite

Castiello-Gutiérrez, S. (2022). From Being to Becoming: An International Student’s Journey at Becoming an International Education Scholar. Journal of International Students, 12(S2), 13–31.

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