Alumni Tale: Vanessa (Williams) Bush ’08

What did you study at UNH?

Communication and Spanish

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I studied abroad in Seville, Spain my junior spring semester and loved it! Worth every dollar for those life-changing experiences. Vanessa (Williams) Bush 08

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Right after graduation, I started working at a small educational travel company selling enriching educational trips to teachers and their students around the country. I stayed there for four years, received promotions, and got to travel to interesting, vibrant places!

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Five years after graduation, I moved on from educational travel sales to the world of higher education. I started in 2012 as an Admissions Representative at Bay State College, a small private for-profit career college in Boston. I moved up to Assistant Director of Admissions there before moving on to Boston Architectural College.

What are you doing now?

Currently I am the Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston Architectural College. Our small private non-profit college has great architecture and design program as well as fabulous faculty, staff, and students! I truly love coming to work every day and am almost done with my Master’s of Education degree in Higher Education Administration. I hope to move up to Dean of Admissions eventually.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH positively affected me in many ways. My classes and majors taught me to question authority and critically analyze situations from multiple perspectives. My study abroad semester offered me life-altering experiences, travel opportunities, and advanced language skills. The clubs and activities I was a part of were fun and engaging. The URC presentation was a valuable learning moment and honestly fun to research! The friends I made at UNH turned into family and we always find time to see each other and reconnect, no matter where in the world we are. Finally, I met my husband during my senior year, and we were married last year, with many UNH alums in attendance Vanessa (Williams) Bush 08

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH offers so much more than just an education – opportunity, connections, perspectives, and lifelong memories.

Vanessa is on the steering committee for the Boston alumni network.