As a seasoned veteran within the financial aid industry, what has impacted you the most about this profession and what has changed the most within the profession?
The biggest impact, on an internal scale, would be system changes. We had a major interface transition last year. It always seems like a big hurdle and it can take months to accomplish. However, patience is key! I have to remind myself that it will all be “OK” in the end, even if it seems like the world is crashing today.
How would you tell new people within this profession to approach their tasks, jobs and career?
Be open and ready for change! Keeping an open mind and being adaptable are two qualities that will keep you successful. Also, don’t forget to give yourself credit for what you know. The amount of information you learn and retain can be overwhelming! You will be surprised sometimes by how much you actually know and how much you can truly help your students. Take advantage of opportunities to increase that knowledge, either by attending a conference or by being involved and expanding your network.
Within this industry have you had any mentors, who were they if you’d like to say, and what did they tell you as you were beginning your career path in Financial Aid?
I have not really had a single mentor, but I was blessed to come into an office with many great people full of years of financial aid experience!
How do you see this profession in 5 years? 10 years?
I see things moving more electronic. The Federal Government has made many recent strides to “advance” the FAFSA process and incorporate mobile technology. Financial aid should be no different than what you see when you access your bank or mortgage information. I see financial aid becoming more of a forethought rather than an afterthought when students prepare for college. Things will happen faster and be visible instantly… at your fingertips.
How do you pass the time, when/if there is a lull?
There is always something to do in our world. But, if there is downtime, I like having that opportunity to take a closer look at process improvement and to be creative. This can also be a great time to refresh, schedule a webinar, or take a walk!
Who do you admire most? Personally, professionally, and/or globally? Choose one or answer all three…
Personally, my Grandma… she is 94 and is probably outside gardening as I write this! She is an amazing, beautiful person inside and out. She is such a motivated, positive and strong woman. Seeing her in action inspires me to live life to the fullest and to treat every day as a gift!
What do you dislike doing? Professionally or personally or both?
Having to remind my kids to take their shoes to their room every night. 😊
What do you like to do in your free time, either Indoors or Outdoors?
I love to cook and entertain! If I have a chance, I am outside!!! I really enjoy taking family vacations too!
What gets you excited about life?
I get excited about home projects and upcoming vacations! It is always good to have something to look forward to in life!
What’s your favorite time of day?
Early mornings and late nights! Maybe not on the same day.
Any thing exciting you’d like to share….
Excited to serve as co-Chair of Conference Planning! We are going to have an amazing conference in Topeka next April… You do not want to miss it!