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Allison Hayes

Allison Hayes

Job title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

What is your favorite band/music?: I am from Oklahoma so I love Country Music! I also really enjoy pop sprinkled with some rap and hip hop. Some of my favorite artists are Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes (no relation), and Carrie Underwood.

What is your favorite part of your job?: I love seeing the light bulb click on for students; that moment when they finally get it. I also really enjoy working with students through the Residence Halls Association because it gives students a chance to take the leadership skills they have learned in other parts of their lives and use them to make an impact on their peers living on – campus.

What was your experience in your field before this position?: I was a Graduate Hall Director at Arkansas Tech University while I earned my Master of Science in College Student Personnel. Next I spent three years at New Mexico State University as a Resident Director supervising 8 – 12 Community Assistants and 500 – 900 resident spaces.

What advice would you have for students who have future aspirations of attaining your job title?: You don’t have to be perfect, you just need to work really hard. If you had told me when I was a junior in college that I would be working in student affairs I would not have believed you. However because I made connections with professors and graduate students in my department I was able to apply for the graduate assistantship and begin my career in student affairs.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew-up and why?: I always thought that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I grew up on a farm and loved animals.

 

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