Jordan DeSousa

Hall Director

 

Undergraduate Degree:
Bachelor’s in Marine Biology at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine

Master’s Degree:
Master’s in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego in California

Pronouns:
She/Her/Hers

 

Why did you choose to become a Hall Director?
My journey to here is kind of multi-faceted. I was involved in all kinds of things in college and in grad school, but Orientation was really my favorite because it was all about building communities and making people feel like their school could be another home for them; I decided to hone in on that, and my love for event programming, and combine them into my dream job of being a Hall Director! My college experience made me who I am today, and I love the privilege of joining students in what could be their biggest developmental stage and seeing who they become!

 

Why did you choose to work at Res Life at UNH?
Honestly, since the first time I looked at the website, I knew I could see myself here because the values of the school and my personal values aligned really well. UNH is SO student-centered and that is exactly my professional philosophy; students are our work and their development and growth is one of my biggest passions. Throughout the interview process, everyone I met was just so incredibly kind- and the 15 welcome emails as soon as I accepted the job offer really sealed the deal! I feel as though UNH is exactly the kind of place that I can totally be my genuine self at. I am so excited to be working with a school that is so focused on the success of those who come through it; both as students, and as budding professionals.

 

What advice would you give to students?
It might sound totally cliché, but college is what you make it. Joining an event with all of your floormates, even if it sounds silly, is probably going to be way more fun than being “too cool” by yourself. Jump out of your comfort zone. College gives you so many opportunities to try things you maybe never have before- try to do one each semester! Make friends, make traditions, and make memories because these will honestly be the best years of your life, if you let them be.