Where Are They Now? API Alumni Profile of Makena Sage

We at API feel very fortunate to be able to touch so many lives through our international programs, but often we find ourselves wondering – where are they now? In this edition of the API alumni profile series, we’ll be speaking with former API Buenos Aires student and current marketing strategist, Makena Sage, about her life after studying abroad.

How did your study abroad experience influence your career path and contribute to your current success?

I had several experiences while studying abroad that likely influenced my career path (though I wasn’t aware of it at the time)…

First of all, I did a marketing internship in Buenos Aires that mainly involved working on blog and social media strategy for a small start-up company. This gave me a taste of what it was like to work in online marketing for a small business.

I also worked throughout college doing various writing and virtual assisting projects for a small business based in California, and it was really cool to be able to continue that work virtually while I was studying abroad in Argentina.

Finally, I blogged about my study abroad experience and ended up getting a fair amount of traffic to my site, which resulted in writing for other blogging sites (some paid, some unpaid) during my 5 months abroad.

Looking back, I can see how these experiences really solidified my interest in working in online marketing for small businesses (including some international clients), which is essentially what I do now!

Why did you want to become an API Peer Mentor? What did you take from that experience? 

I think traveling and studying abroad are some of the most enriching experiences you can have at any age, and I became a Peer Mentor to share that passion with others.

I loved working with API and other college students from around the country to encourage young people to expand their horizons, travel, and (hopefully) realize that they could do whatever they set their mind to.

Do you still travel? Where have you gone most recently?

Yes! As an entrepreneur, I set my business up from the beginning so that it would allow me to work from anywhere — and I typically travel a total of 2-4 months out of the year.

This year it will be more like 4-5 months though, as I recently put my stuff in storage and decided to be nomadic again for a few months (before I look for a new place to settle in my home base of San Diego this fall).

I’ve been to Nashville, New Orleans, NYC and Amsterdam so far and I’ll be spending time in Berlin, Italy, Croatia and London before I return to the U.S. in July.

What’s next for you?

Besides my crazy travel schedule, I’m looking forward to living near the ocean when I return to San Diego, catching up with friends I haven’t seen in many months, and continuing to grow my business!

A personal note to anyone with BIG dreams…

For anyone reading this, I just want you to know that you CAN create the life you want, on your terms (so don’t believe anyone who says otherwise!). This may sound a little cliché or unbelievable, but I promise you it’s true.

Whether that means studying abroad… getting that dream job… starting your own business… traveling the world for work and fun… or [insert your dreams and goals here] — with determination and a positive attitude anything is possible. 🙂

Makena Sage is a direct response copywriter and marketing strategist who helps mission-driven entrepreneurs attract more clients & earn more money online. She specializes in supporting experts, authors, speakers and coaches with 6-7 figure businesses to create irresistible marketing that turns prospects into clients… and clients into raving fans. Makena is an avid traveler, book lover, and foodie. She is based in San Diego, CA and travels frequently for work and fun. To learn more visit www.OnlineMarketingWithHeart.com.

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