Freshman Admissions Counselor, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
What year did you start working at NIU? 2019.
Where is your hometown, and where do you live now?
My hometown in Chicago and I live in DeKalb now.
Where did you attend school? What degree(s) did you earn?
I received my Associates in English from Prairie State Community College. I received my Bachelors in Organizational Corporate Communication from NIU.
Describe your typical day—what do you do while at work?
Every day consists of guiding students through their first steps in the college process. Typically, we engage with students directly though in office meetings, presentations or traveling to off-campus events in addition to our shared administrative tasks and social media management. We are always becoming more flexible in how we help students. Our 2020 strategy for student engagement has been completely online, and we host virtual presentations, events, and counselors appointments.
What do you like about working at NIU?
I'm an alumna. What's not to like? I love my co-workers!! They are very supportive, especially on the rough days.
What advice would you give to students currently attending NIU?
Do your best to have work-life balance and make genuine friends. Practice having a social life simultaneously with practicing habits for academic success. Keep up these habits when you get a full-time job. Doing things you like to do and being around the people you love will keep you motivated and happy. There is more to life than securing the bag.
What is your favorite campus event?
In what ways do you see your colleagues help foster student success?
Our office serves as the initial point of contact for students. We provide a wide variety information about NIU, we engage in cross-departmental collaboration, we escalate unique issues and concerns to best serve students, we gain new partners and maintain relationships with local and regional high schools, we communicate with admitted and not admitted students to help provide solutions that align with their career goals. The list can go on. I am fortunate enough to have colleges that really go above and beyond for our students and I have learned a lot from them.
What is your favorite memory of NIU?
My favorite memory is going kayaking in the lagoon for the first time. I tell prospective students about our rec center every chance I get.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you currently doing it? If not, what changed your path?
I wanted to be a teacher but I ended up working in administration for years. I've decided to pursue my M.S.Ed. in Higher education and student affairs at NIU to get back to my roots.
What community organizations are you involved in?
I volunteered at Tails Humane Society on a number of occasions.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
I love to cook new things. I am trying out more vegan recipes. I also love to watch Netflix on my lazy days. I am excited to re-watch “Avatar: The last Airbender.”
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your NIU Huskie story?
As a first-generation college student, graduating from NIU with my bachelors has given me more opportunities than I could imagine. I am grateful that NIU continues to support my professional and educational goals. I am working hard and I plan on graduating once again with my Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs sometime in 2021. I am excited for what the future holds whether that be teaching, leadership, or doing something entirely new.