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Meet Our Team: Ronit Berger


This week, we sat down with one of our newest consultants Ronit Berger to learn a little bit more about her and her first month as part of Team Options. Check out our interview with her below.

Tell me a bit about your background.

Growing up, my family moved a lot. I went to elementary school here in Vancouver but high school in Minneapolis, MN. No matter where I was, though, I always loved school. I remember being excited at getting my first homework assignment in Grade 3 and later being able to choose my own courses in high school and college. My own love of learning led me to Barnard College, a liberal arts women’s college in New York City, where I got excited about English and Shakespeare. A few years after graduation, I was fortunate to be able to follow my passion to Rice University with a graduate stipend to complete my master’s and PhD in English. While immersing myself in the world of early modern Britain, I found I could make a greater impact in students’ lives (and my own) not through Shakespeare but through writing and communication. I’ve taught university courses in English and writing, worked in writing centers, and connected with students around the globe on their writing and academic projects through Pearson Education. I most enjoy the one-on-one connection with learners of all ages and helping each one find their voice and their unique path.

What makes you most excited about working at Options?

I’m most excited to get to know the Options clients and to put my well-honed research skills to work for them.

What’s surprised you in the first month?

I wouldn’t say it has “surprised” me, but I’ve been thrilled to learn right away how much of a team the Options staff are. All my questions are immediately answered, and I’ve seen first-hand how everyone from the office staff to the consultants and writing coaches go out of their way for every person they encounter.

Who is your role model?

I’m blown away by people who don’t back down, are true to themselves, and lead by example. Currently, Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, is my biggest role model.

What do you spend too much time doing?

Overthinking and sometimes overplanning!

If you could teach a university course that describes you, what would it be?

I taught a university course once titled “Monsters in Literature.” It was a super popular English course with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at its center. We asked questions about what makes someone a “monster” and how looking at what is deemed monstrous shines a light on our own values and problems. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with monsters and the more gruesome aspects of humanity.

What is your favourite snack?

Something salty like potato chips or French fries.

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