Originally from the NYC area, I came to Illinois out of graduate school at Indiana University thinking I could do another few years at a Big Ten institution then head back east. After 3 years as a residence hall director, 4 years as an area coordinator, 17 years in various assistant director of residential life roles, I'm now in my 25th year at UI, and first as the Associate Director of Housing, director of the undergraduate residence halls. I met my husband at UI (class of December 1994), and now our oldest is a freshman here, also living in the halls. Why did I stay? Family. University Housing is not only students' "home away from home" but the staff become family of choice. There's no other place I'd want to spend my career!
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