When I introduced myself on summer tours, I was always quick to add that I had been working in the Admission Office since 2011. When a father asked me how many tours I had given, it took me a moment to realize I had no good idea. For me, working in Admissions had become a way of life. Something I did and something I enjoyed. There's nothing better than getting back from a tour knowing that you showed a prospective student your Coe and that they found that Coe exciting and a place they could also see themselves at.
The people I worked with in Admissions also became another Coe family. They were there to hear all my news, good and bad. And they were the people who celebrated my triumphs and went along with my crazy brainstorming or wild ideas. I grew so much in that office that I hadn't quite realized how hard it would be to leave.
Last Wednesday, I had my final day at the Nassif House. I walked confidently in the front door, thinking back to my first day in August 2011. On my first day, I was wearing a skirt and it happened to be the day when our year supply of bottled water came in. I remember carry cases of water in my slight heels and skirt, thinking it was a horrible idea to be business casual on my first day.
However, that didn't stop me from wearing almost exclusively business casual for the rest of my time in the office.
The office had made some treats and I was welcomed to a pretty nice spread of snacks!
The day was a normal day. It was a busy day and I didn't stop moving until around 4 PM. I had two tours, both for potential transfer students. While the tours went really well, they were also sort of anti-climatic, just because they weren't the bread and butter tours I had been use to giving. On top of tours, I was still helping to clean up after a successful IPCW and finish up a few projects to help prep the office for the beginning of the school year.
It was at the end of the day where I got emotional. It was tough to leave the office and all my wonderful co-workers. We all kept saying the same thing: this isn't the final goodbye. Only a brief goodbye before I come back for a visit! I can't brag enough about the lessons, skills, and experiences the Nassif House has given me. I am so thankful for working there and thankful for the second family I was able to be a part of. I may not be giving regulars tours, but the Nassif House will always play a special part in the all the cool things I did while at Coe.