B.A in Music, Lebanon Valley College
M. Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs, University of South Carolina
Why did you become a hall director?
One word… students! I was an RA for three years at my undergrad and I caught the Res. Life bug. I truly enjoy getting to help others and I feel that working in Res. Life is the best job in student affairs. We get to see students when they come “home” and I think that it provides for a vulnerability of conversation that might not be the same if you are in an office or classroom setting. The conversations and relationships that I have been able to have with students by living where I work has been the most rewarding part of my job, because I learn just as much from my students. I love that being a hall director is never the same every day and that we truly get to impact students on so many different levels. College is really all about exploration and finding yourself, and I feel that our job allows us to challenge, support, and maybe ease some of those transitions. From an outsiders perspective some people might think that our job seems crazy, but if you talk to true Res.Lifers…. the chaos of the job is fulfilling!
Why did you choose UNH?
The people!.. I had heard amazing things about UNH and when I stepped on campus I knew that it was the place for me. I loved that the dept. was so student centered and that they really used that as a springboard to make sure that students were at the center for all decisions made. I truly believe in the mission of the dept. and love that they not only look at the basics of student development, but that they wanted to develop students as a whole and challenge them in the process. Being a Hall Director here also provides great development as a young professional. The large staff in Res. Life of 22 Hall Directors and 5 professional staff will help me to continue to grow personally and professionally. I also loved the location of UNH because I have never lived in the New England area and I knew that it would be a great opportunity to explore such a beautiful part of the country.
Advice for students…
Always follow your heart in what you feel that you want to do. Don’t be discouraged if the first major that you pick is not the right fit for you. Make sure that whatever you pick is something that you are passionate about and that you get excited about doing everyday. Same goes for what you get involved in. If you really enjoy something and you don’t see a club for it or a group to join.. start one! Get involved in things that will take you out of your comfort zone because who knows it might be something that you really enjoy. Also make friends in and outside of your major it leads to great conversations and opportunities to experience different things on campus. Also, if you have the chance to do a class lead mission trip, study abroad, exchange etc… do it.! They can be some of the best ways to meet people and it provides amazing memories that only that group will share.