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: Ruby Rua
Hometown & High School: La Grange, KY; Oldham County High School
How long have you been working for Bellarmine Admissions? Since my freshman year, so I’m coming up on my third year.
What all do you do in Admissions? As a freshman, I started as an Ambassador, working the different Admissions events. My sophomore year, I became a Hall Host (hosting prospective students overnight), and I also began giving campus tours. And now I’m spending this summer working here! I work the front desk, give tours, and help out with any other Admissions projects.
What do you like about working in Bellarmine Admissions? I helped with recruitment at my high school too, so I really like the task of bringing in prospective students. When I was deciding on a college, my tour at Bellarmine was what solidified me wanting to come here. I want to make sure I give that same great impression to other students during their own campus tours.
Why did you choose Bellarmine? As I mentioned, I had an awesome campus tour. What really stuck out to me during the tour was that as we were walking around campus (I visited while classes were in session), students would stop and say hello to our tour guide and then tell us about their Bellarmine experience. I had just come from a campus visit at a larger school, and none of the people we passed on our tour knew our tour guide. They all just stared at us. Touring Bellarmine, it immediately felt like a community instead of a place where everyone just did their own thing. I knew that the size of the school was just right for me.
Outside of Admissions, how else are you involved at Bellarmine? I was in Knights Nation (BU’s student pep club), and I also served on their Associate Board. We helped organize tailgates, design t-shirts, etc. I was a freshman, sophomore, and (will be the) junior representative on SGA (Student Government Association). I’m also a Pioneer Scholar, and I’m now a mentor to incoming Pioneer Scholars.
What has been your favorite BU memory so far? Only one?! There are too many! Ok, I’ll say Relay for Life. I had never been to any of Relay for Life’s fundraising events, but a friend and I decided to go the year’s final Relay for Life night. Walking around the Quad with all the other people there was so cool. They were also selling sparklers, and everyone was using them to draw Bellarmine symbols in the air. It’s one of my favorite memories so far.
If there could be a building on campus named after you, what would it be? The Ruby Rua Student Lounge. I’d want it to be a place where students could hang out, or study, or really have it be whatever kind of space they needed it to be. Like the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts! (So…the Ruby Rua Room of Requirement?)
Describe your BU experience so far in one word. Can I use a hyphen? (Ok, fine.) Life-changing.
Name 3 things on your Bellarmine Bucket List to do before you graduate. Find all the hidden objects on the Knight statue. Learn more about Thomas Merton. Do the annual Zombie Walk on Bardstown Road!
Tell us a campus secret, or something Bellarmine students should take more advantage of during their time here. The amphitheater and fire pit outside the Siena dorms. We don’t use those as much as we should; we should make more s’mores!