University of Wisconsin-La Crosse CASSH Magazine -- Capstone -- Fall 2021

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e has never worried about leaving work in a bad mood — despite his offices moving frequently throughout the world. Benjamin Levelius, ’10, is a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department and does a wide variety of diplomacy work around the world. Recently, he spent two-plus years in Hyderabad, India, where he interviewed visa applicants, performed outreach with local schools and businesses, and helped American citizens return home amid the frenzy caused by COVID-19.

His assignment in September took him to the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy. “I enjoy meeting people (and) I like to solve problems,” explains Levelius, a Stratford, Wisconsin, native. “Whether that’s assisting people traveling to the U.S. to study, assisting with family reunification, processing passports, helping destitute Americans get home or the national security aspect of rooting out fraudulent documents and preventing those with bad intentions from entering the U.S, I’m happy.”

Levelius enjoys meeting people with different stories and reasons for visiting the U.S. “It’s never gotten old for me,” he notes. Levelius’ career has led him on a long and winding path across the globe. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Spanish education, he joined the Japan Exchange Teaching Program and spent two years teaching in Japan’s northern countryside. When the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident devastated

Man of the world Spanish Ed grad finds fulfillment in U.S. State Department

Levelius’ travels have taken him to Japan, India, Belize and — soon — Italy. His bucket list includes Africa and Finland, the homeland of his paternal ancestors.

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