As a teenager, I had very little concept of college admission. I stumbled through the process with none of the grace of my peers, who were applying to their top schools as soon as applications were available. Fortunately, I ended up at a college that was able to set my career in motion. I studied Political Science and International Affairs at Gettysburg College and gave tours for their Admission Office while playing volleyball, fencing, competing in Model UN, and doing community service.
After graduation from college, I got a job as an admission counselor at Albright College, where I read applications, recruited in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania while coordinating their web communications, and conducted admissions interviews with students, my favorite part of the job. I learned in my time at Albright how important it is to help students find the right college. My colleagues and I took pride in our ability to guide students through the admission process just as much as we recruited. We were, after all, counselors, and it was rewarding to be the entryway for students who would go on to succeed academically (and sometimes become our tour guides!).
I transitioned into graduate admissions at Georgetown University to expand my knowledge of higher education and admission. At Georgetown, I assisted with the admission process for about 20 master and doctoral programs, including some of the University’s most popular and competitive programs. Again, providing authentic advice was critical and a point of pride – if I could help a student understand how Georgetown could serve her research or career goals, it was a good day. I earned my MA in Communication, Culture & Technology while working at Georgetown, where I focused on knowledge management. I am still interested in organizations and technologies and they apply to universities and their influence on learning, lifestyle, community, and career outcomes.
Outside of my professional interests, I play volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee, daydream about traveling, and cook for others.