"When I was a young child, like four or five, my dad (my dad grew up in Needham) was really into taking us to college campuses around the area. We visited the MIT cafeteria and got lunch there, etc, and then when I was four or five, he brought us to Wellesley campus - me, my brother, and my sister. I remember being so in awe of this campus when I first got here, even as a five year old...seeing the students walking around campus and thinking it was the biggest deal ever."
"I went to Simmons, which is a women’s college in Boston, and I don’t know why I never thought to go to Wellesley...I loved that experience at a women’s college there and got involved in a lot of student leadership stuff. I was an RA, I did orientation stuff, student activities, etc. During my senior year I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew some people who worked in student affairs who opened my eyes to a career in working in student affairs. I applied to grad school and some jobs and actually ended up taking a job at another women’s college out in the Midwest. That’s my passion area; advocating for women/girls through education. I was out in Indiana for two years which is really an interesting place, especially after growing up in New England."
"After two years I decided that to continue advancing in my career, I would have to go back to school. I got my Masters in Higher Education in Chicago and worked in residence life there. That was an interesting experience too - working in a bigger school, a bigger city. I met some amazing people out there but I think for me it was a little bit hard to be away from home. So every time I was job searching, I would look at Wellesley’s website to see if they had anything. There was nothing, nothing, nothing... when finally, when I was job searching at Grunnell, I just happened to go on the Wellesley website and I saw that there was a Resident Director position posted. I applied, then got the job, and now I’m here. It was really weird because when I interviewed here, it was the first time I was back on campus since I was really young. It was very cool to come back onto campus. And I absolutely love it here."
"I got her after I moved to Iowa. Growing up, my grandmother had a golden retriever that looked similar to Ginger actually but that dog passed away when I was really young. My family has this thing for golden retrievers, so I knew I wanted to get a golden retriever when I was an adult... I road tripped from Iowa to Missouri to get her. She was just a little puppy, like eight weeks old, and my sister helped name her. It was between Ginger and Princess Noodle so we went with Ginger. [laughs]"