Swapping my Slingbacks for Sneakers

By: Ashley Pinney, 2011-2012 Career Counseling Fellow

I chose to work in the field of higher education to make a lot of money. False.

I chose to work in the field of higher education because I love working with young adults. I love their energy and enthusiasm. They are curious and intellectual and working with them is a real pleasure. When Elon Outdoors asked me to be the staff advisor for their day hike to Pilot Mountain, I jumped on the opportunity. I like working in higher education (especially at a small institution like Elon) because I am able to interact with students in a variety of contexts. Spending the day with 18 students, hiking up a beautiful mountain, inserting career advice here and there in our conversations was a lot of fun and a really enjoyable experience. Talking with students outside of the office and getting to know them in an informal setting is a great way to build relationships. They asked me a lot of questions about what I do at Elon and I encouraged them to come see me in my office. Going on these types of trips with students is a good form of outreach and it is something I want to continue to do this year.

Me with Elon Outdoors!

What a lovely view

Elon University…It’s about Community

By: Ashley Pinney, 2011-2012 Career Counseling Fellow, Video by: Katherine Thomas

This past weekend Marianne and I attended our first Elon football game. It was a beautiful Autumn day and the stadium was flooded with maroon and gold. Students and spectators cheered loudly for our team and there was a real energy in the air. Despite being behind by a few touchdowns, students continued cheering for our players and didn’t give up on them. It was great to see so many familiar faces attend the game. Elon is a special place because it fosters a real sense of community.

Pamphlets, Posters, and Popcorn

Created by: Ashley Pinney, 2011-2012 Career Counseling Fellow

2011 Elon Organization Fair

It’s 3pm. We enter the courtyard beyond Mosley and the whirlwind begins. Tables, tents, posters, flyers, people, and an intoxicating smell of….popcorn. Set-up for the 2011 Elon Organization Fair has begun! Each year Elon hosts the “Org Fair” where Elon clubs and groups of all shapes and sizes set-up tables to inform (and perhaps entice) first-years to join their organization. It is overwhelming to say the least!

Marianne and I thought it would be a great idea to represent Career Services at the fair. We had two objectives. Firstly, we wanted to show students why joining activities and clubs is important. We did this by having two resumes.  One resume had no activities on it and the other one did. We talked to students about how the resume with activities was a lot stronger than the one without activities. It was a great visual tool. Our colleague, Rene Jackson, came up with the idea and it was a brilliant one! It grabbed a lot of people’s attention.

Me and Marianne at our table

Our second objective was to inform first-years about our services. We actually received an email from a first-year already asking to schedule an appointment to talk about her four-year plan. We talked to a lot of first-years and they seem interested in what we offered and how we could help them. Overall, I think our table at the Org Fair was a success and I encourage the 2012-2013 Fellows to do it next year!

A Hot, Steaming Cup of Joy

Created by: Ashley Pinney, Career Counseling Fellow 2011-2012

Coffee, coffee, coffee

One of my favorite events put on by Elon is College Coffee. The entire campus is invited to enjoy delicious Starbucks coffee, fresh juice, donuts, bagels, and great conversation every Tuesday morning from 9:40-10:20am. Not only is this a great time to recharge, it is a great time to meet other people who you normally don’t interact with. While Elon is a small institution, it is also a busy one. I have met a lot of people at College Coffee that I would not have met otherwise. It is really interesting meeting other people and learning about their roles at Elon. As someone who is responsible for outreach, opportunities like College Coffee is a great informal way to make contacts and learn how my office and their office can work together.

Me with Athletic Employees, Garrett & Mike