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Unsung Hero

October 2, 2015

The Monmouth College student body is overflowing with great characters, but have you ever sat down and thought about where these great students and kids come from? It all starts in the Office of Admissions here on campus, where admissions counselors like Sarah Houston work day in and day out to bring good kids here to Monmouth to receive their higher education.

Sarah grew up in Winfield, Illinois, one of the smallest suburbs of Chicago, located near Naperville. When it came time for Sarah to decide on a college for herself, she looked no further than Monmouth College. She spent four years here, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and minors in Human Services and Spanish.

Sarah planned on being a school counselor when she graduated, but when asked about what made her decide to work in admissions, Sarah said, “My freshman year here, I started giving tours to prospective students and really liked it. I did that all four years but decided around my junior year that I would love a job in the admissions office.” This may have something to do with her love for interacting with prospective students. When asked about her favorite part of the job, she said, “Contacting and meeting with kids and their families to sell the school.”

When Sarah was asked about a typical day in the office, she kind of laughed in a unique way. “No two days are the same in this office, ‘typical’ does not exist,” she said with a wry smile on her face. She went on to describe what a day in the life of an admission counselor may be like. Two of the biggest parts of the job are traveling to high school and attending college fairs. According to Sarah, those two events occupy most of an admission counselor’s time. Each counselor has their own territory, so they kind of work like members of a team, taking care of their own tasks to bring kids to campus. Whenever Sarah or any other counselor starts seeing progress with a prospective student, a lot of time is spent following up and contacting the kids themselves and their parents.

Sarah really emphasized how much she enjoyed working with current students who are like “co-workers” to the admissions counselors. “Our Scot Ambassador program is a lot of fun, and the workers are kind of a part of our team because they do a lot of things to help us out in the recruiting process. They work in the office every day and it’s a lot of fun being around kids who have stories to tell about their days on campus,” she said. When asked about what office life was like, she said that even though it is a calm environment, everyone has a lot of his or her own work to do. Looking across the hallway to a co-workers office, she said with a sarcastic smile on her face, “But I’m never too busy to give Jess a hard time.”

Given Sarah’s laid-back attitude and how easy she is to get along with, it’s not hard to tell that she does a great job in the admissions office. So next time you come in contact with a friendly student walking across campus, give a little nod to our admissions counselors; they are the ones responsible for filling this campus with all of its great people.

Nate Jacobs
Contributing Writer

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