I’ve decided that I have the best job on campus.
It dawned on me today at a new employee luncheon. Fortunately, I’m not so new that I don’t realize why I have the best job on campus.
On my left were admissions folks. They’re the ones who work hard to find the high school women who would thrive at Stephens. And it’s not a numbers game; they get to know these young women to make sure that they’re prepared and ready for the intensive and rewarding work they’ll do as Stephens students.
Sitting next to me on my right was Sady Mayer (Hi Sady!). She works in the Student Success Center to make sure that when those new students arrive—and as they progress through the years—they have the tools they need to thrive, be it quiet study spaces, extra help or—as she recounted today—extra batteries for a student whose scientific calendar dies during a math final. (Sady, by the way, is one of the outstanding Stephens staff members recently recognized at our employee recognition ceremony).
Just right of Sadi sat Jessie Kwatamdia from philanthropy. She’s one of our amazing directors of philanthropy who makes sure Stephens stays in touch with students once they graduate.
And also in the mix around the table were employees from our stables, health center, IT and our director of leadership and diversity—all of whom play starring roles to make Stephens the most awesome place in the world (or at least Missouri since my world travels are limited).
So why do I boast the best job on campus?
Because all I have to do is play a supporting role.
I get to write about Stephens to let potential students discover what we’re all about, then our admission team can take it from there.
I get to write about all of the student successes that Sady—and stables’ staff and professors and health center workers and the IT crew and facilities workers, etc. etc.—play a role in creating.
I get to write about all of the amazing students, and then I get to write about them when they become amazing alumnae, with the help of Jessie and her team.
So basically, my colleagues work hard to make Stephens what it is. All I have to do is write about it.