Tell us about your experience/involvement in University Housing.
I was hired on in July of 2011 and selected to work in Brumby Hall (the last few years it was all women). I worked in Brumby Hall both years. As a Florida native, this was my first experience living outside of Florida and experiencing an SEC school. I wasn't a traditional Graduate Resident. I was earning my degree in Social Work, but definitely got to see my work in that program daily with my work with residents.
What is your fondest memory about your time in University Housing?
Our GR retreats to Helen, GA. We would drive up to Helen with all of the GRs and our supervisors and team build, play games all night and hike through the nature trails. It meant a lot to me because I had never seen mountains (I know, they aren't major in Georgia) but it was always a transitional experience. Our first retreat in 2011 is where I met by best friend, Michael Dale who I am still close with and see fairly often 7 years later.
How did your experience in University Housing contribute to your success?
Although, at that time, I had no idea I would be staying in Housing, my time at UGA gave me many of the tools and experiences that I use today in my work. Especially when I think about crisis response and conflict resolution while working in Brumby Hall. I got the large university experience and I believe that set me up for my first professional role at Florida International University as a Residence Life Coordinator.
What did you like most about where you lived and/or worked in University Housing?
The students. Always the students. I made lifelong bonds with so many people that I still connect with today. Although hesitate about my initial assignment to Brumby Hall, it definitely made me a better person and the great leader and professional I am today. Brumby's Rotunda is probably the most memorable. I got to empower many students and staff to throw great programs in that space.