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. 🙂

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. In 2012, I started as an Admissions Representative at Bay State College, a small private career-focused institution in Boston. I was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions there before moving on to the same role at Boston Architectural College.

What are you doing now?

After receiving my M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University, I left Boston Architectural College to become the Senior Assistant Director of Enrollment Services at Northeastern. As both an alumna and employee, it is truly an exciting place to be! I work with the Bachelor’s Completion programs as well as the Communications and Healthcare graduate degrees within the College of Professional Studies. My days are never the same – I could be running an event for prospective students, analyzing enrollment data, determining next step actions for pipeline initiatives, collaborating with faculty, or rendering admissions decisions (or something else!). I feel very lucky to be part of such a dynamic, innovative, and globally connected team and university at-large. I am also a member of the UNH Boston Alumni Committee where I help plan events and engaging initiatives. In my free time, you can usually find me with friends, family, or planning my next European trip with my husband – the travel bug never left me!

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 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 participated in were fun, engaging, and taught me to be a leader. 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. Not least of all, I met my husband during our senior year (both ’08 grads), and we were married in 2015 with many UNH alums in attendance.

Why do you believe in UNH?

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