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Meet Chris Turton

Chris Turton
University of Pittsburgh Bradford (PA)

How did you get started in the admissions field?
I got started in admissions by luckily having the job introduced to me by Pitt-Bradford's own dean of students. I felt it would be a great stepping stone into my professional career, and hey, what's bad about giving back to your alma mater?

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite parts of the job would definitely be the connections that you form with students and the bond between counselors. There is no more satisfying feeling than seeing a prospective student who you spent a good amount of time with on your campus the next year. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment.

How does NACAC play a role in your career?
For me, NACAC has served as an excellent plug to be able to connect with students outside of Pennsylvania. As a counselor, there are so many different states, cities, areas that one could find themselves in meeting new students. NACAC’s national conferences help me network myself and NACAC’s college fairs help me network with students.

Do you have any advice for any professionals who are new to the field?Take every step of your recruiting process one at a time. It starts with yourself. Whether you have a specific territory or not, try to establish as many connections as you can with high school counselors along the way. They will help you in more ways than you can imagine. Secondly, take it week by week. The last thing you want to do is create anxiety or stress over something in your schedule that's happening a month from now.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I love exercising and working out and playing on or with computers. Whether it's lifting, sports, playing games, or building new computers, I love it all. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Wolverine. For one, he can regenerate body parts. Two, he has razors for claws and he fights evil. Not a bad gig.

Describe yourself in five words.
Happy, Charismatic, Energetic, Warm, Sharp

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