When did you begin volunteering for Dickinson?
After graduation, I worked as an admissions counselor in the Waidner Admissions House. And for six years, I shared the Dickinson experience with prospective students and their family members. I’ve served as a DAVS volunteer in North Carolina and DC since 2001. While working in independent schools, I have been happy to recommend Dickinson to my advisees and other students. Recently, I volunteered to be a Class Agent, and I’m glad to reconnect with Dickinson classmates by sharing college news and updates and encouraging them to visit and support the college when possible.
What prompted you to want to get more involved with Dickinson?
Dickinson offered me a great college experience and really set the foundation for a rewarding professional experience as well. My ten years at the college rooted me in the community, and I feel like I’m coming home when I step onto the campus. It may be my work in education that has kept me more connected and viewing the college as a professional as well as an alumna. I have been proud to introduce a new generation of students to the college, and I’m glad today to see them as fellow alumni.
List the volunteer opportunities you participate in:
I am a DAVS volunteer in the DC area and also a ’95 Class Agent.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
I believe Dickinson offers wonderful opportunities to students, and I wanted the chance to make connections with current and future members of the Dickinson community. And now that I’m spending more time “looking back” on my own experience, it’s fascinating to learn what classmates are doing now and how full their lives have become. Being involved with the college today is a great way for me to give back, and I’m enjoying being reconnected to the community.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about volunteering?
If you’re thinking about volunteering for Dickinson, there are many ways to reconnect with classmates, meet current students, and generally pay it forward. Whether you’re meeting prospective students at a college fair, joining conversations with current students at the Career Center events, or welcoming new or relocated alumni to your Dickinson Club region or hometown, the goodwill is completely positive. There’s such a strong affinity at Dickinson events, I always feel a connection to fellow alums and I walk away with new friends.
Why do you choose to give to Dickinson?
I choose to give to Dickinson because I believe it to be a community of wonderful faculty, resources, and innovation. I’ve met extraordinary young people who are bright, engaging, and deserving, and I want them to have the opportunity to join the Dickinson community. I’m thrilled by the successes the college has enjoyed in recent years, and I’m proud to be an alumna. Support from alumni strengthens and enriches the college community of today, and I’m glad to add my name to the list of alumni who have long supported the college.
Published July 25, 2014