There’s no way we could run our office without the help of our fabulous student workers. There’s also no way we’d enjoy coming to work as much as we do if we didn’t get to hang out with them all day long. We love our student workers, and so will you. So get to know them!
Name: Stephanie Roa
Major: Elementary Education (Grades P-5) and Learning and Behavior Disorders (Special Education: Grades P-12)
Hometown: Chicago, IL — Plainfield Central High School
How long have you been working for Bellarmine Admissions? This is my second year as an Ambassador and my first semester as a Hall Host!
What all do you do in Admissions? My sophomore year I decided to become an Ambassador, working with the different Admissions events. This second semester of my junior year, I was chosen to become a Hall Host, where we host prospective students overnight, work a few desk hours each week, and give weekly campus tours, on top of making great friends and memories!
What do you like about working in Bellarmine Admissions? I love the friendly atmosphere the counselors and students provide. I also love being able to work with the prospective students that are interested in coming to Bellarmine. I was nervous becoming a Hall Host in the middle of the academic school year because the other Hall Hosts have been together for the entire fall semester and had gotten to know each other well. Another student and I were given the opportunity to join the group of the students who had already spent an entire semester, if not more, getting to know each other and the Admissions Office in between first and second semester. But so far everyone has welcomed me with open arms and has been awesome in helping me with learning the office work and to give tours.
Why did you choose Bellarmine? Honestly, I could not even tell you. I applied and got accepted to 5 schools: 2 in Michigan, 1 in Wisconsin, 1 in Iowa, and Bellarmine. I did not apply to any school in Illinois, which is where I am from, because I told myself that I needed to see the world after high school, get new perspectives, and going to college out-of-state where I knew absolutely no one would be the boldest move I think I could ever make being 18. When I was playing competitive travel softball, we had a tournament in Newport, Kentucky, very close to Cincinnati, Ohio. I fell in love with the state of Kentucky and told myself when I was 15 that no matter what school accepted me in Kentucky, the first one that did would be my first choice. I received a postcard in the mail from Bellarmine and asked the staff around my high school if they had heard of it. Literally no one had, but there was a hall monitor at my high school named Doug O’Brien who asked me one day where I had gotten my shirt from (it was a Bellarmine shirt). I told him that Bellarmine had sent me some t-shirts in the mail and he asked me if it was Bellarmine in Louisville. I told him yes and asked, “You know of it?” He laughed and said, “Yes, my wife went there when she was young and she was in one of the first few classes to graduate from Bellarmine when it had merged to include women.” When he said this I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He introduced me to his wife and she talked to me all about it! I fell in love with the school and decided it was time for me to head to Bellarmine!
Outside of Admissions, how else are you involved at Bellarmine? I was on the SGA (Student Government Association) Public Relations Committee, was a member of WinC (Women in College) and a mentor for a year, I am a member of Black Student Union, I have been a CREW (Orientation) leader for 2 years now, this is my second year as an Ambassador, and I volunteer at some events when I can. I love being a part of campus.
What has been your favorite BU memory so far? There are so many to choose from! Well, my absolute favorite would have to be the moment I found the frog on the knight statue at the beginning of my sophomore year. It was the greatest feeling ever. My professor of my IDC class gave us a scavenger hunt around campus to do and get exercise in at the same time. Finding the frog was one of the tasks. Everyone was there for a good 10-15 minutes looking for it, and when my partner and I came up to the statue I looked around then looked up and there it was! I was so excited!
Name 3 things on your Bellarmine Bucket List to do before you graduate. 1) Go to Oaks and Derby, 2) Climb the knight statue and take a picture, and 3) Be in some kind of Bellarmine advertisement, poster, magazine, etc.
Describe your BU experience so far in one word. Transforming. I am growing into a person that I never thought I could be, and BU has aided in that so much.
Tell us a campus secret, or something Bellarmine students should take more advantage of during their time here. Going to events and getting involved. You’re not going to get these undergraduate years back, so get involved, go to events, and make memories! You’ll have those for a lifetime and great friends to share them with after college. I didn’t do much my first semester freshman year and I kind of regret it. Being involved was a great decision; now I have many more friends, memories, opportunities, and references that keep adding to the existing list.