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Territory: Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Indiana Community Colleges
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Management, 2009.
Hobbies: Yoga, zumba, reading, listening to music and hiking.
Best of SIU: The opportunities to study abroad and the campus lake. You always have the chance to go on an adventure or relax.
Advice for choosing a college: Visit the campus and meet the staff and students. This will give you insight into the college's atmosphere and if it is a good fit for you.
Territory: Indiana High Schools
Education: Chicago State University, Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, 1998.
Hobbies: Writing, youth mentorship, sewing, social media marketing, sports mom.
Best of SIU: The welcoming community of students, faculty and staff. You are quickly made to feel that you are a vital part of the Saluki family.
Advice for choosing a college: As early as your Freshman year, start thinking about colleges you may be interested in attending. Look at the admissions requirements and be sure to take courses that meet or exceed those requirements. Also, take an active role in sports, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. A well rounded student stands out in today’s competitive college admissions climate.
Territory: Northern Illinois & Wisconsin High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management, 2014
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the Carbondale community with my sorority sisters, shopping and reading.
Best of SIU: SIU provides an amazing opportunity for you to meet and connect with students from all walks of life. Our faculty and staff welcomes all students with open arms. Also, SIU has an abundance of registered student organizations (RSOs) that allow students to get involved on campus and in the community.
Advice for choosing a college: Campus visits are a must! With google, virtual college tours, and electronic guidebooks, there is still no match for the gut feeling one gets when stepping on a college campus and talking face-to-face with the people who make the community what it is. Ask questions! Inquire about academic programs, available scholarships, campus life, research opportunities and student employment. Choose a college that best fits YOU.
Territory: Northern Illinois Community Colleges
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication, 1992.
Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, biking, and hunting.
Best of SIU: The people, the school spirit and the weather.
Advice for choosing a college: A campus visit is so important in the process of selecting the right college or university for yourself; please be sure to visit your top schools.
Territory: Shawnee Community College, Southeastern Illinois College, Tennessee and Kentucky Community Colleges
Education: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, 2010.
Hobbies: Laughing, creating jewelry, bicycling, hiking, singing, praising, reading, writing, adventuring and loving the wonderful people in my life.
Best of SIU: SIU affords each of its students an opportunity to pursue unique and individualized learning. It is possible to obtain your goals, no matter how specialized, at SIU. The campus is home to students from many countries and all walks of life, creating an exciting, welcoming atmosphere. Finally, the campus and surrounding Southern Illinois area is naturally beautiful!
Advice for choosing a college: Seek wisdom. Visit campuses and explore how each college you're interested in could assist you in walking out your wildest dreams. Acquaint yourself with your skills and pursue the college that will best challenge you personally and academically. Don't forget that the people at your college will largely influence your experience; inquire about faculty, student clubs and organizations and be intentional about finding great community!
Territory: East Central Illinois High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Business Management, 2012
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, watching funny movies, and eating great food.
Best of SIU: I love the sense of community that Southern Illinois University offers. It still amazes me that so many individuals can come from different walks of life to create the friendly and welcoming environment of Southern Illinois University’s campus.
Advice for choosing a college: Speak with current students to learn of the transition, support, and success experienced on campus. Choose the college that makes you feel the most comfortable and allows you to excel personally and academically. Southern Illinois University has unlimited resources to allow you to do just that.
Territory: John A. Logan College, Lewis and Clark Community College, St. Louis and Missouri Community Colleges
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, 1999.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, shopping, baking and decorating.
Best of SIU: As a community college transfer student, I was initially intimidated by the size of SIU and worried that I would get lost in the crowd. Once I became acclimated, I never found the size of the campus to prohibit me from obtaining my academic goals. My experience at SIU gave me the skills and tools to improve my life academically, professionally and personally.
Advice for choosing a college: Choosing the right college is one of the most important decisions you will make. Create a list of objectives that you believe a college must have. Make sure you reflect on your personal, financial and academic needs when preparing your list of potential colleges. Narrow your list and begin scheduling campus visits. Remember to start the process early.
Territory: Missouri and Metro East IL High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelors of Science, Political Science Minor Criminal Justice, 2013; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Masters of Public Administration, 2015.
Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading books, shopping, traveling and helping others.
Best of SIU: There are many great things about Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Some of these great things include SIU’s student service programs such as Student Support Services, Saluki Summer Bridge and our dedicated faculty. I have gained invaluable experiences at SIU that I am not sure I would have been able to acquire at another institution. If you are looking for a home away from home, SIU will be a great fit for you.
Advice for choosing a college: Choosing a college is a major life changing experience. In deciding on what college to attend, visit campuses and meet staff to get an idea if you could envision yourself being a student there. Make sure the college of your choice has your major and any specialization you may be interested in. Choose an institution that challenges you personally, academically and professionally. In addition, choose a university that promotes diversity, success, leadership development and networking opportunities. Remember you can do whatever you put your mind to with determination, dedication and hard work.
Territory: Northern Illinois and Iowa High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Music, Music Education, 2014
Hobbies: Singing (choir/opera), instructing colorguard and drum majors for the Marching Salukis, spending time with my family and friends, and staying involved with my campus and community.
Best of SIU: This is a university where you really feel at home. Whether it’s in a lab, field, concert hall—anywhere; you name it!—you’ll have incredible resources and opportunities available to you along with a top-tier, passionate faculty that is truly invested in their students.
Advice for choosing a college: Do your research! Visit campuses. Talk to faculty. Talk to students. Find the place where you’ll not only get your degree but where you’ll also make memories. That university will be your home for 4+ years, so make sure it’s somewhere that you’ll grow not only as a professional but as a person as well.
Territory: Chicagoland High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1999; McKendree University, Master of Education, Higher Education & Administration, May 2015.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, exercising/running, reading, fashion, cooking, planning and implementing community activities especially for our youth.
Advice for choosing a college: There are so many great attributes about SIU, that it is hard to narrow it down to one thing! Southern Illinois University is located in a small city with a beautiful rural scenery and outdoor activities that range from hiking and horseback riding to relaxing on the beach. There are also over 200 majors and minors, courses taught by world renowned professors, and over 400 Registered Student Organizations so there is a place for everyone at SIU!
Territory: Group Visit Program Coordinator and Saluki Ambassador Advisor
Education: Ripon College, Bachelor of Science, Theater, 2000, music minor; Centenary College (New Jersey), Master of Business Administration (Management), 2014.
Hobbies: Hiking, performing, gardening, reading, spending time with friends around a fire
Best of SIU: As someone that came from small campus environments, I don’t feel overwhelmed here. I’m constantly amazed with the resources and opportunities available to students here.
Advice for choosing a college: Go outside your comfort zone when looking at colleges. I never even looked at state universities when researching schools thinking I’d just be another number and get lost in the mix, but I know that’s not the case at SIU. It’s good to look at a variety of schools and programs and visit, if you can, to see where you feel most at home.
Territory: Out-of-Region Recruitment
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications, 2010; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Science, Professional Media & Media Management Studies, 2012.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, trying new foods, traveling, and taking walks.
Best of SIU: The people in Carbondale are so friendly and helpful. In Carbondale, you will feel like you are at home.
Advice for choosing a college: Discover what you love, and choose a college that will help you work toward your ultimate goal.
Territory: Campus Visit Program and Special Events Coordinator
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Business Marketing, 2004;
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Business Administration, 2006.
Hobbies: Traveling, running and vintage motoring.
Best of SIU: I appreciated my professors' passion and dedication to teaching and their students, the natural beauty of the campus and surrounding area as well as having access to an active international student body.
Advice for choosing a college: Visit the colleges you are interested in as well as the areas surrounding the campuses. Every campus and town has a personality. Start your search early and find the one that fits.
Senior Admissions CoordinatorTerritory: Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication/Public Relations, 2008; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Master of Science, Educational Psychology/School Counseling, 2014.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, exercising/running, organizing and planning community events, photography, attending motorsport events.
Best of SIU: Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides the opportunity to experience diverse culture while maintaining the warmth and friendliness of small town Southern Illinois. The campus, being located in a rural setting, offers a beautiful physical environment with wide-open spaces for relaxation and recreation. The aesthetics even include a 40 acre campus lake. You must see it to believe it!
Advice for choosing a college: Choosing a college can be a life-changing decision and requires a great deal of careful thought. Many academic, personal, and financial considerations go into finding a comfortable fit, which allows students to expand their comfort zones without feeling overwhelmed. It is essential to explore all options and thoroughly research each potential institution. Talk with respected others who have attended various colleges to gain different perspectives while realizing the final decision is yours.
Territory: West Central Illinois High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (International Affairs), 2016.
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, Saluki Athletic events.
Best of SIU: Being a Saluki means that you are part of a family that will always challenge you to grow, while continuously supporting you along the way.
Advice for choosing a college: One word: visit. Visit every university that you like or you think you might like. I suggest to visit both public and private, large and small universities no matter what you think you will like. You don’t really know what you will like until you get on campus and get a feel of the university.
Territory: On-Campus Admissions Coordinator, Tennessee and Kentucky High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Radio-Television Major.
Hobbies: Working out, family, Saluki sports.
Best of SIU: Having worked at the University for 21 years, there are too many things to say any one thing is the best.
Advice for choosing a college: The place that makes you feel the most comfortable for what you want to do with your studies is where you should go. I hope that place is SIU.
Territory: Chicagoland High Schools
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, 2015
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, visiting new places, playing sports, learning about new cultures
Best of SIU: I appreciated the passion and dedication that the faculty possessed throughout my undergraduate experience
Advice for choosing a college: If possible, visit a handful of different universities in search of that good fit. It is always wise to exercise all of your options before making a decision. I hope that during your search, you find SIU to be the right fit for you.
Territory: Northern Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Community Colleges
Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Management, 1989.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, working on my house, reading, and creative writing.
Best of SIU: I've been around SIU since the 70's and absolutely love our accessibility, diversity of students and majors, the great climate, as well as our beautiful setting.
Advice for choosing a college: Don't choose your college home until you've gone for a campus visit. If you get that special feeling of inclusion and excitement and can picture yourself living there for four years, then that is the place to go. I strongly encourage you to visit SIU and see if we are the right fit for you!