Jacki Vandergon

Jacki Vandergon
Hall Director

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A., Youth Ministry with a Minor in Intercultural Studies from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN

Graduate Degree: 

M.A., College Student Development from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC

Why did you become a hall director? 

After college, I worked for a non-profit that coordinated service trips for middle school and high school youth. Each summer I would get to go out with a few teams comprised of college-aged staff to facilitate these trips. During those summer months, I came to realize how much I loved working with college-age students and I wanted to be able to spend more than 3 months with them each year. Thanks to a quick Google search and a move 20 hours from home, I then became a Residence Director at Appalachian State University and loved every minute of it.

Why did you choose UNH? 

I chose to work at UNH for a couple different reasons. First, I became immediately captivated by how authentic and real everyone was at UNH. The Res. Life department at UNH values getting to know each individual student as well as laughter, which are two values I greatly appreciate and believe in. The second reason I chose UNH was for a new experience. I have lived in the Midwest and Southeast previously, so the thought of living in the Northeast was really exciting.

Advice for students… 

Try things outside your comfort zone! Yes, it may be a bit scary and intimidating at first. However, these new experiences will allow you to learn so much about yourself and others in ways you never thought possible. It will be those experiences you remember most once you leave your college career. So get involved and don’t be afraid to try something new.