Coordinator of Recruitment, College of Education
What year did you start working at NIU? 2017
Where is your hometown? and where do you live now?
My hometown is Lisle, IL. Currently, I live in Geneva, IL.
Where did you attend school? What degree(s) did you earn?
Bachelor of arts in English, Northern Illinois University; Master of science in college student personnel administration, Illinois State University.
If you attended college, were you a first-generation student?
Yes, I attended NIU as a first-generation student. My experiences at NIU led me to wanting a career in higher education, and I am so glad I ended up back at my alma mater.
Describe your typical day—what do you do while at work?
I coordinate all recruitment activity at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for the College of Education. I work closely with high schools and community colleges to promote our programs, and also conduct presentations to high school future educator groups. Additionally, I work to support the COE's participation in admissions events, and work closely with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. One of the favorite parts of my job is using data to think strategically and creatively, along with having the opportunity to try new ideas!
What do you like about working at NIU?
I love that NIU is a supportive environment, and I have enjoyed the connections I have made with colleagues across the university. Additionally, I love NIU because of our students. They are resilient, hardworking and determined — I find our students motivate me to continue working to make NIU an amazing place to work and earn their degree!
What advice would you give to students currently attending NIU?
My advice to students currently attending NIU is to get involved! Involvement looks different for everyone, but having these experiences on your resume will set you up for success!
What is your favorite campus event?
Football games are my favorite campus events! I enjoyed attending as a NIU student, and feel I enjoy games more as a staff member and NIU alumna!
In what ways do you see your colleagues help foster student success?
I see my colleagues in the College of Education foster student success on a daily basis. They genuinely care about student success, and work hard each day to accomplish this! From providing unique hands-on opportunities to students, to developing personal connections with them, I am proud to work in the College of Education.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you currently doing it? If not, what changed your path?
I was very unsure what I wanted to do growing up. When I started at NIU, I changed my major three times, and felt I kept changing my mind. Through my involvements and mentors at NIU, I decided to pursue a career in higher education.
Are you a member of or hold a position within a professional organization? If so, what organization? What is the purpose of that organization and how does being part of this organization benefit you in your role at NIU?
I am a volunteer for my sorority, Delta Gamma. I have remained involved since graduating from NIU, where I was a part of our local Delta Nu chapter. Delta Gamma is a Greek organization built on a foundation of fostering high ideals of friendship, promoting educational and cultural interests, a true sense of social responsibility and developing the best qualities of character. I serve the organization as a Regional Collegiate Specialist overseeing chapter operations for six Delta Gamma chapters across the Midwest. I believe this role keeps me attuned to the collegiate experience, and helps me relate to the prospective students I work with.
What community organizations are you involved in?
This is my second year fundraising for Team Ronald McDonald House Charites for the Chicago Marathon.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
I am a marathon runner and enjoy training for marathons in my free time. I hope to compete in my fifth Chicago Marathon this October!