My Two Cents’ Worth
High school is free, and college is not. Are you feeling anxious about that? I know I was!
God placed the solution in my lap through an AmeriCorps presentation. My heart raced as I heard that I could serve underrepresented youth as an AmeriCorps volunteer. That fall, I began my two-year journey in the inner city of Tacoma, Washington, helping students develop academically and spiritually.
A student I mentored through the college application process recently told me that getting into college changed her life. She is the first in her family to attend college and one of the very few in her community. Through AmeriCorps, I was able to tutor, mentor, and encourage students like her in a way I never knew was possible. I was also learning skills that prepared me for my future career.
Did I mention I received nearly $10,000 in loan repayment?! Not only did I find a creative way to pay for loans, but God also directed me to my true calling. My advice: Never let the fear of college costs keep you away from your dreams. There is always a way to make it possible!
¡Dios le bendiga!
Admissions job (in your own words): I have the pleasure and honor to lead a group of fantastic professionals and students in helping us seek out the best and brightest students to be part of our community each year. This means a lot of meetings, projects, strategizing, reading applications, creating new process, and so much more. There are some long days but each year I see students walk across the stage, it’s all worth it!
Hometown: Born in New York, grew up in various parts of Washington.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Public Administration
Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Too hard to pick one! Asian cuisine is where I lean the most.
A trip I’d like to take: London and Africa
Family: Amazing parents in New York, younger sister/best friend (and SPU Alum) in Florida, love of my life husband/partner (also SPU Alum), and my fur baby, Oso.
Books reading now: I’ve started several- all related to leadership, faith, equity, and justice.
Favorite Movie: Too hard to choose one but Disney or Marvel, these days.
Favorite thing about SPU: The students!!!
Hobbies & Fun Facts: I love movies, eating, serving at church as a Deacon and worship band member, and not being outdoors (might try to change that this year). I am an enormous Disney fan (#Disneyadult). My husband proposed in front of the castle at Disney World and this is our favorite place to visit with family and friends. If you ever want to talk Disney, let me know!