On the Job with Elizabeth Hammond

Describe a memorable day on the job.

The most memorable day on the job for me, in the Barnes Center, was when I realized that we had students who kept coming back for our programs. It made me realize that our programs do matter on our campus, and that the work of student affairs matters to our students.

Elizabeth HammondWhat advice would you have for undergraduates considering a degree in student affairs/higher education leadership?

I would tell undergraduate students considering a student affairs/higher education leadership degree that this profession looks different on the other side of being a professional. There are things that we have to think about as professionals that I never considered as an undergraduate student. The further you get from being an undergraduate student, the more you are exposed to in the university setting. 

What is the biggest lesson you've learned working in the profession?

I have learned that each person has their own organizational style in this profession. With these organizational styles, each person gets to their goal in a different way. It is best not to compare ourselves in how we organize and get the job done.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am looking at two routes after graduation. I will be looking at positions that oversee student programming boards, and I will also be looking at multicultural programming positions. I came into my graduate program wanting to work with student programming boards. Since I have been in this program, my interests also fall in the field of multicultural affairs.

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