Meet Wintress Ross

Wintress Ross
Senior Assistant Director- Texas Regional
Indiana University Bloomington

How did you get your start in the counseling field?  
I began my time as many in admission and college counseling have, as a student ambassador. I worked in the office of admission at my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin for three years as a student and I absolutely loved it! In 2011, upon beginning my spring semester of my senior year in college, I found out that there was an opening in the Dallas regional office for UT Austin and I applied. I got the job and started 10 days after graduation. The rest is history. I made the transition to my current position in the summer of 2014. The ride has been great so far!

What is your favorite part of the job?
I really enjoy my job; it is hard to pinpoint one thing! However, in my current role, I have enjoyed the relationships that I have built with students and their families, especially for those who have enrolled at my institution. Being a regional allows me to be a constant presence in my territory. I have the ability to establish a positive rapport with students and their families. Many of the parents love to send me updates on their students. When I visit campus, I usually grab a cup of coffee with at least one of student from my territory. It is always great for them to see a familiar face from Texas.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
I received my first taste of NACAC via my affiliate, Texas ACAC, and my involvement on the Dallas NACAC National College Fair Committee. Without the resources of NACAC and TACAC, I would not be the professional that I am today. I have grown so much from my experiences within NACAC, from networking with seasoned veterans, attending conferences, and even presenting at NACAC, the opportunities that NACAC provides has allowed me to add to my professional toolkit. I highly recommend newbies in the field to get involved.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today? Access and inclusion. Although many within the field are working hard to break down barriers for students to enter higher education, in my opinion, there is still a major gap between the haves and have nots. As a first-generation college student, I can remember all of the things I did not have in my college search process, and sadly, I still see many of the same issues persisting. Not only access for students, but access for the public school and rural counselors as well. Serving these counselors and making sure that they are included in the process is key to helping solve many of the access issues for our students.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
Honestly, my life revolves around college admission. I am married to a college counselor and we actually met at the TACAC Annual Conference #TACACChangesLives! Jokes aside, I enjoy traveling with my husband (Langston), posting pictures to my dog’s (Crown) Instagram account, and watching college football. I also give back to my local community through my involvement in the Junior League of Dallas.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Princess Shuri. I wish I was actually good at math and science like her. Also, she’s amazing!

Describe yourself in five words.
Achiever, loyal, authentic, outgoing, feminist.

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