As I sit down to write this blog, I’m overcome with a mixture of emotions. 9 ½ years ago I arrived in Denver and at DU as a wide-eyed and excited first-year student, unsure yet expectant about the four years I was about to embark on. I jumped right into the DU experience, getting involved in more clubs and organizations than I really had time for, making friendships that will truly last a lifetime, and exploring the new region that I’ve now come to call “home.” Junior year rolled around and I studied abroad in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, which was more transformative than I could have ever dreamed. I delved into the study of sociology and did three internships – one at a children’s home while studying abroad, another as an investigator for the Public Defender, and lastly as a Fellow in Undergraduate Admission. If the University offered an opportunity, I reached out and grasped it with both hands and an open heart.
And the University itself wiggled its way into my heart. I fell in love with the field of higher education, and ended up staying to work first in Internationalization, and then came back to my first love – Undergraduate Admission. My experience as a staff member has been just as impactful as my time as a student. I’ve learned, grown, and been challenged to think differently – to meet students, parents, and counselors where they are, to expand my understanding of the issues facing the field of higher education, and to be creative and innovative in approaching the challenges and opportunities faced in the field. Somehow in the process I managed to complete an MBA at the Daniels College of Business – a degree I couldn’t have imagined completing when I first stepped foot on the DU campus, but couldn’t be more thrilled that I did.
Here’s the thing… DU is an incredible place. It’s full of incredible people, and the opportunities available here are second to none. But the truth is, my experience far outweighed my expectations. I didn’t know what to expect, but what I got was more challenging, more stretching, and more positive than I could have imagined.
And with that, I’m off. It’s time to apply all that life-changing, mind-stretching, heart-opening, challenge-accepting, world-shaking goodness that I’ve experienced here to my next adventure. Next week I am moving out of state to work for a company that specializes specifically in IT services for university admissions – the perfect application for both my business interests and love for enrollment management. While I couldn’t be more excited, the change is bittersweet. Thanks, DU, for all the memories. I couldn’t be more blessed to have spent the last 9 ½ years here. : )
For old times’ sake, a few pictures and a trip down memory lane…
Day 1 at DU as a first-year student… how time flies!
The Undergraduate Admission team during our annual “debate” – making admission decisions.
Graduating with my MBA in June.
And that beautiful campus… I will certainly be back to visit. : )
Christina Hunter - Assistant Director of Admission & Communication