Alumni Tale: Calee Spinney ‘03

What did you study at UNH?


What were you doing one year out of college?

I was living in Perth, Australia, completing my first master’s degree at the Curtin University of Technology. I was working as an RA in the university housing, which was a fun extension of the job I held at UNH.

What were you doing five years out of college?

I had just left a Ph.D. program at Indiana University Bloomington and moved to the San Francisco Bay area. I had just gotten out of a relationship and it took me a while to get on my feet in California, but the area more than made up for it.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

2013 brought the beginning of my second master’s degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. This degree is in educational administration & leadership, with an emphasis in student affairs. So yes, I’ve come full circle back to housing and residential life — a journey I started as an RA in Christensen Hall at UNH.

What are you doing now?

I’m actually in my final semester of my student affairs degree, job searching and dreaming of the place I’ll call home within just five short months. I’m working as a residential director in a building that houses 250 first year students, supervising a staff of 11, running most mornings, and loving every minute. I also have the privilege of serving as the academic mentor for the men’s tennis team here at Pacific.

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

If I hadn’t been selected as an RA at UNH, I wouldn’t even know that student affairs and residential life were careers, so I basically owe everything I have to the ResLife department. I still look to the examples my hall directors set for me back then to inspire my work today. I’m incredibly thankful that I got to work with such fun, passionate, hard working people back then, and I can only hope that my current and future colleagues will think of me the same way.

Why do you believe in UNH?

Due to my particular religious upbringing, college wasn’t a goal most of my life. I also couldn’t afford many other schools due to the death of my father during high school. UNH was an easy choice because it allowed me to stay close to home and keep my costs down, while still providing everything that the quintessential college experience entails. As a member of the marching band, I met dozens of friends before my roommates even moved in, and I felt at home immediately. I learned to have fun while working hard, and to truly invest myself in my work. Friends, great sports teams, great events offered most weekends — what more could you ask for?