Christina Rivera Cogswell

Princeton Bridge Year Program Director

B.A. Business; Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

Christina insists that it was the moment she bought a one-way ticket abroad that her “real education” began. In Central America she started a seven-year global pilgrimage that would eventually take her through six continents and over 40 countries. While attending this prestigious “University of Life,” Christina found herself enthralled with her course work in self reliance, service learning and experiential education; all the while she recognized that the only thing she enjoyed more than experiencing the world independently was sharing that enthusiasm and inspiration with others.

Between 2001-2016, Christina led over ten student programs (mostly semesters in South Asia and Latin America) and has now accumulated over 11 years of experience in Dragons administration (working previously as the Admissions and Staff Director). Christina became the Princeton Bridge Year Director in 2008 and has since spent her admin days working remotely from the Vail Valley, collaborating with Princeton University to create and direct the 9-month, service-focused, gap year programs in India, China, Senegal, Brazil and Bolivia. Christina is a lover of language study, passionate salsa dancer, novice writer, expert book lover, and grateful wife and mother of two tiny, amazing, human beings.