Program Specialist - Advisor
- Hickory High School
Describe yourself in three words: Funny, loyal, hardworking
How did you first get involved with ACCESS? I was working at Virginia Wesleyan College and had done some of the ACCESS junior nights that they host around the area. One of my friends, Jenny Hechtkopf, who used to work at VWC had just been hired by them and loved the job. After the first year she was there, openings came up, I applied and the rest is history.
What is your most memorable/rewarding moment working with ACCESS? My first year at Oscar Smith 5 days a week, I was working with this student. He was taking all AP classes, making straight A’s, but he didn’t think college was possible because his family made less than $20,000 per year. I worked with the student all year long helping with SAT’s, college applications, his FAFSA form, and the CSS profile. After we did all that he came to my office to open his acceptance letter and he had been offered a full ride to the University of Richmond.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to a college-bound student? I heard an interesting tweak to a classic line that we have all heard growing up. The classic line was that you can be whatever you want to be. While that is nice, it is not very realistic. The tweak on that classic was “you can be whatever you earn”. I think that is what I would tell the students. Whatever they earn and work to achieve is what they can be. The harder they work the more options will be waiting for them when the graduate.