A: Well there really is no such thing as a “typical day in the life” in this job, which is one of the best things about it. On any given day I might have a course planning meeting with a sophomore then several college planning meetings with juniors and their parents, or I might be writing a recommendation letter and filling out reports for a college application, or maybe a senior pops in and needs to talk through a decision, or maybe I am traveling to a conference or to a college for a counselor visit. It definitely keeps me on my toes. Plus, this job is a bit cyclical in nature so there are times of the year when my primary responsibilities shift, which prevents me from ever getting bored.
I really feel into this by accident. My degree is in Political Science, but I worked in undergraduate admissions at Vanderbilt for three years after college. I really enjoyed my work at Vanderbilt, but the constant travel was wearing on me a bit so I started looking for other opportunities in Nashville. A friend of mine knew Missy Wallace and told me she was looking for an assistant in admissions. I ended up interviewing with Missy for that position initially, but then interviewed with Will for a college counseling position. I never would have predicted this is where my path would lead, but I am so grateful it did. I absolutely love being part of the Ensworth community and I am so thankful that everyday I get to go to a job that I love.
There are a lot of wonderful parts of this job, but for me the best part is experiencing the college selection process with each student. I have found that each student is different in their approach to the process and it is fascinating how they grow and develop throughout the process. I get so much joy out of seeing their excitement when they have found the right college match.
A: Be open – stretch yourself. There is a world of possibilities out there, do not be afraid to explore and go out of your comfort zone.
Q: What is the last book that you read?
A: The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Q: If you could trade places with any Ensworth teacher, who would it be and why?
A: I would most like to trade places with any of the P1 teachers. Children at that age are so curious, enthusiastic, funny, and free. I think it would be so interesting and fun (as well as exhausting) to work with children that age. It would be such a joy to experience learning through their eyes.
A: People might be surprised to know that I am absolutely terrified of mice. I am seized with fear, followed by hyperventilation and tears at the sight of one.
Q: Who is the next person from Red Gables that you want to see featured on the blog?
A: Rebekah Capps