"My faith is one of the main factors that drives me to succeed in my career and to love the people with whom I work. As I meet with students throughout the year, I am reminded to treat them with love, to make them feel special, and to act a reflection of Jesus in their life. If I am able to positively impact the life of a student and show them Christ-like love, then I feel I have succeeded."
Rachel's position at Messiah College as an Admissions Counselor is the first job she took after college, but believes that her career journey began while she was a student. Interested in working with people and understanding relationships, Rachel found Human Development and Family Science to be a good fit for her education. Although Rachel's interests and goals changed during her years as a student, she found in helpful to explore her interests through internships and volunteer experience. The HDFS curriculum has been invaluable to Rachel in preparing her for her work as an Admissions Counselor.
A large part of Rachel's job is recruiting students to Messiah and building relationships with them and their families. Rachel interacts with families every single day, so being able to understand family dynamics at work helps her to communicate more effectively with them. Rachel is responsible for managing her recruitment territory by following up with students via email or phone, meeting with students and their families during campus visits, reviewing applications and guiding them through the enrollment process.
Rachel's duties change with the seasons. During the Fall, Rachel travels to high schools and college fairs within her recruitment territory. After this season, Rachel assists in hosting events on campus including Scholarship Days, Open Houses, and Accepted Student Preview Days. As the year progresses, she follows up with students and makes sure they are taking the next steps towards enrollment. During the summer months, Rachel maintains relationships with the students who she has been in contact with looks forward to move-in day when she welcomes recruited students to campus!
"I encourage current students to take advantage of the many opportunities and valuable resources available at Messiah! Messiah is the perfect place wherein a student can develop academically, spiritually, emotionally, and professionally. This development will only take place if students are willing to participate and take initiative during their 4 years as a student. Students should find internships, communicate with professors, study abroad/do cross-culturals, join clubs, go to the Career Center, have a few counseling sessions at the Engle Center - do all that they can to make the most of their time at Messiah. If you need help, ask for it! There is someone on this campus that will help you and invest in your life in order to see you succeed."