Associate Director of Admission
Lynn University (FL)
What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
Like so many of my colleagues, I began as a tour guide at Lynn University. When I graduated, I was offered the opportunity to join the admission staff, so that was an easy decision. During my third year within the profession, I noticed I was waking up each morning reading Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education which is when I realized I loved this profession. I’ve stayed because one single word can change the lives of our students for the positive. Being able to understand their story, advocate for them, and see them grow into their fullest potential is why we do what we do. Plus I get paid to travel the world and change lives—what can be better than that?
What is your favorite part of the job?
When students reach their fullest potential and they have that twinkle in their eye. It can range from so many decisions—whether it be identifying their major, being involved in a club or organization that they weren’t expecting to yield such positive results, or obtaining their perfect internship and finding their “dream” job right out of college. I love that at the end of the day, we do the small things that make a huge difference in the lives of our students.
How has NACAC played a role in your career?
In one word: mentorship. I’ve been fortunate enough to find incredible mentors in this profession that have truly challenged me to think outside the box. My VP of Enrollment Management Dr. Gareth Fowles has always challenged our team to identify challenges and find solutions, which provided us creative freedom. Starting with Amy McCoy Moffatt and Warren Quirett as my Dry Run Faculty members, I’ve had individuals, who have truly challenged my perspective and have taught me to always put our students first, such as Summer Seminar staff of 2019, Jonathan Ferrell, Jessica Sant, Jan Macko, Juan Camilo Tamayo, and so many more. Being involved in NACAC is providing us opportunities to identify global challenges and truly change higher ed.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Development of potential leaders. We can all agree that there are certain topics that must be resolved immediately: cost of higher education increasing, systematic racism, and much more. Our generation is making the proper adjustments, but we must continue to develop potential leaders who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and hopefully find resolutions to our present-day challenges. We need to develop leaders to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard in the midst of troubling social times.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
The professional in me still loves to travel outside of work and find hole-in-the-wall restaurants. I’m also an avid runner.
What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Direct. Innovative. Dedicated. Diligent. Instigator (but in a positive way).
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