Hey there! My name is Jillian and I’m from Orlean, Virginia. My husband and I just moved to Oregon in January 2016, so we’re transplants, but so far we’re loving Oregon! We moved to Wilsonville so that I could work with the awesome Student Services team here, helping out students and prospective students by coordinating visits, answering questions, and sorting out financial aid tangles. Before coming to Oregon Tech, I lived in England for a year while I was working on my Master’s degree (and traveling). And before that, I worked with undergraduate students at Virginia Tech. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how friendly and genuine Oregonians are and how beautiful a day can be when the sun finally pushes its way through the clouds. My favorite things to do when I’m not at work are cooking for a crowd, writing, exploring, and painting.
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, George Mason University
Master of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and School Improvement, The University of Cambridge
What's Great About Oregon Tech
My two favorite things about Oregon Tech are the faculty and the focus. The faculty here are 100% committed to students learning. Having come from schools (working and attending) where faculty are dedicated to research rather than teaching, I know that having professors who are invested in their students doing well and really learning the material matters. The focus of Oregon Tech is to help students succeed not only in school, but in life. When I heard that about 90% of our graduates are employed or accepted for graduate study within 6 months of graduation, I was floored. I’m proud to be part of a team that is dedicated to student success.
Why I Enjoy Working in Admissions and Financial Aid
I love playing detective. Often when students bring me a problem with their application or their financial aid, they don’t describe it in textbook terms, so really listening to students to understand the problem and then being committed to looking for answers is key. There’s nothing quite as gratifying as solving a problem and making a student’s day better.
“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for the want of wonder.” - GK Chesterton