Alumni Tale: Amanda Adams ’11

What did you study at UNH?

Communications, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

After graduating early from UNH, I moved to Newmarket, NH and began working as the sole manager of a recreational facility in Exeter, NH. I planned events both within the venue, and in the greater community, and supervised a staff. I loved the work that I was doing, but I missed being in an environment of constant learning and knowledge, so I moved to Worcester, Massachusetts and began my career as a Resident Director (the equivalent to a Residence Hall Director at UNH) at Assumption College. I was supervising a staff of RA’s, overseeing an area of campus, responding to various situations while on call, and overseeing housing processes and operations. I also started my graduate program at Assumption, a Master of Arts program in School Counseling.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I can’t believe it’s already been 5 years since I’ve graduated from UNH. I have since completed my Master’s program, and I have just started a position as an Academic Advisor at New England College of Business, located in Boston’s Financial District.

My supervisor is a fellow UNH alum, as is my boyfriend of nearly 6 years! We met playing broomball, and frequent UNH regularly. We’re living in Marlborough, MA now, though we eventually plan on returning to the seacoast area.

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

UNH has impacted me in nearly every facet of life. First and foremost, UNH encouraged me to come out of my shell and make the most out of the time I had there. I came to UNH not knowing a single person, being miles and miles away from home and family, and UNH pushed me out of my comfort zone and inspired me to get involved.

I had wonderful experiences with my own Academic Advisor, Sarah Spates, during my first year there. While working with her to plan my course progression, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do for my career. Once I became an RA, the passion to continue working within Higher Education, grew even more, and I loved learning even more about the resources and people at UNH. Lastly, my professors and my time as a Teacher’s Assistant working alongside the brilliant Joshua Meyrowitz, shaped my love of education and overall worldview, and that is something that I cherish every day.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because it is an institution that inspires me to do more and to be better. I believe in UNH because it shaped and enhanced my passions that I never realized had existed. I believe in UNH because it has provided me with lasting connections and friendships, with a life partner, and with a home that I always love coming back to.