Assistant Director of Admission
Biography in Brief
Originally from Adams, MA Marie graduated with a degree in Interior Design (2011) and a Master’s in Business Management (2015) from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Throughout college, Marie worked part-time in the admissions office as a student ambassador and admissions assistant while also spending much time in community service groups. Soon after graduation in 2011, Marie was offered an Admissions Counselor position primarily traveling to VT, NH, ME, NY, and CA. Having traded the East Coast for a new adventure on the West Coast, Marie joins the Chapman community for her first year. Marie is now enjoying all of the new professional and personal opportunities that the West Coast has to give.
Advice from Marie
As a new student, you have a lot happening, new classes, new professors, new friends, and a new place to call home. With so much going on around you, don’t be afraid to meet new people—remember, this is all new to everyone around you too. Step out of your comfort zone, join a club that you never thought you would, take interesting elective courses, and study abroad in a country you’ve never been to. It’s true what they say—the best opportunities lie outside of your comfort zone.
Favorite spot on campus
There are so many beautiful spaces on campus to choose from, but I think the Attallah Piazza is my favorite. The fountain is a beautiful space in the center of campus which serves as a constant reminder of Chapman’s mission and foundation.
Best admission memory
As an undergraduate student, I was offered the opportunity to work part-time in the admissions office as a tour guide and part of our operations team. After accepting the offer I realized how much of a passion I had for higher education and working with students in a variety of capacities. Then, during my senior year, I asked our Dean of Admissions if I could assist with our table at a national college fair in Boston, where my love for admissions continued to grow. A few short weeks after the college fair, I was offered my first job as an Admissions Counselor at my Alma Mater, where I got to learn and train with the counselor who had read my application four years earlier. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor to learn from. I’m now so thankful for the opportunities I was given as a student which opened the doors to an exciting career in higher education.
Three Words to describe myself: Engaging, Balanced, and Ambitious.
Favorite Subject: Architectural History.
Role Model: I would have to say, my mom, she works incredibly hard for everything she has while always putting our family first.
Favorite Musical Performer/Band/Composer: Although I’m a lover of all things country music, the band Sister Hazel has always been an absolute favorite. A more recent favorite and staple on my iPod is, City and Colour.
Most Prized Possessions: I have a ring that was once my Babci’s (Polish for grandmother) that I wear almost every day and is a constant reminder of her and the relationship we had. Another prized possession would be the photographs I have, new and old, family and friends, I would be devastated if they were gone as they all represent a time and memory of my life and my family’s history.
Favorite Summer Activities: I love going for a long hike and being outside enjoying the sunshine. Reading a good book on the beach is a close second.
Book You Would Read Again: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
Favorite Quote (and by whom): “You have no choice” –late, Professor Tamostu “Tommy” Yamamoto Tommy was a professor of mine during my undergraduate education. As a professor of architectural drawing and rendering, a lot of our projects had very cut and dry answers, you have no choice to pull this line here and that line there; reflection happens here, there was no different choice. So we often joked outside of the context of class, saying you have no choice to many other things; we related it to everything - and it worked."
His words always had an element of encouragement, silliness, and understanding. It’s always nice to step back before a big presentation or a new opportunity to remind myself of Tommy’s quote—I have no choice, I need to experience something new to grow and expand my horizons, much like his encouragement in the classroom.
Dream Job: Traveling the world while being able to try new foods for a living. That sounds like perfection to me!