- Languages: English and Japanese
- Led Husky Adventure, "No Car Needed: Exploring Alki Beach," fall 2011
- Taught English in Kan'onji, Kagawa, Japan, 2003-2005
- Traveled throughout Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, 2006-2007
How did you get started working in Admissions?
I started as a seasonal (temp) employee in 2007 and was hired as a specialist in 2008.
Do you see any relationship between your major and your job?
Studying communications helped me to develop strong writing and analytical skills.
Right now, the entire Admissions staff is dedicated to processing and reading freshman applications so we can notify every applicant between March 15 and 31. What specifically do you contribute to this effort?
I’m doing initial reviews of applications. That includes reviewing coursework (CADRs), making sure that all required portions of the application have been submitted, and contacting applicants for clarification if necessary.
Every day you see dozens, maybe hundreds of applications. Any suggestions for applicants -- or their counselors -- to make their applications stronger?
- Start your application early!
- Some applicants find it helpful to print out the PDF version of our application so they know exactly what information will be needed for the online application.
- Make sure you read the directions carefully, and if you have questions, please contact our office.
How did you get started running?
It all started because of a PE class I took my sophomore year of high school. What was the most dreaded activity I could think of at 15 has become an extremely fulfilling hobby.
Do you see any similarities between the work you do in Admissions and your passion for running? Does marathoning describe both experiences?
There are a lot of similarities between running a marathon and getting through the freshman admissions process. Both require a lot of preparation: A typical marathon training program is about 16 weeks, while an admissions cycle begins in October, when our application goes live, and ends in September when the new freshman class begins autumn quarter. They also share planning, pacing, and guidance: in our office we get these from our directors and in running from a coach. I definitely think that, as cliché as it sounds, a marathon is a very good metaphor for just about anything!
Interview conducted via GoogleDocs
by Paula Shields | Communications Manager
January 16-17, 2012
Want more? Read about Annabelle's preparation for the New York City Marathon in 2009.