Job Feature Series: Q&A with Admission Fellow Zoe Lilak ’20

By Mary Nussbaumer

Welcome to the Job Feature Series, a weekly column highlighting student workers around campus. If you work a little-known job on campus, have horror stories from a difficult shift, or single-handedly keep the school running, contact Mary at m_nussbaumer@colo- radocollege.edu. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Photo by Daniel Sarché

MN: What are you involved in on campus aside from being an Admission Fellow? ZL: I am the co-chair of Dance Workshop (I also dance in the show), I’m involved at In- novation, and I am the new member chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

MN: Do you find it hard to balance all of these commitments?
ZL: Yes, but for all of these things I have a team supporting me at all times, which makes it a lot easier.

MN: Why and when did you start working as an Admission Fellow?
ZL: I started my junior year. I really wanted the position because I’m a psych major and I want to work with people, possibly as a therapist or counselor. It can be really hard to get undergrad experience for confidentiality reasons. I found this as a great opportunity to develop my interpersonal skills and get that exposure to help me in the future. I also really like helping people figure out where they want to go to school and what they want to do — I find these conversations very meaningful.

MN: What is the time commitment for being an Admission Fellow?
ZL: The job entails interviewing prospective students, talking to their families, leading info sessions, and student projects. This means that the time commitment fluctuates – we are busier in the fall. I would estimate 10-15 hours a week in the fall and 5-10 in the spring.

MN: What is your staff like?
ZL: I love the whole Office of Admission! The professional staff is really dedicated to making this terrible process the best it can be. I got really lucky with the Fellow team. I was already friends with many of them. We represent a lot of different areas of campus with so many different passions and majors — it shows how CC values individuality in its students.

MN: What is your favorite part?
ZL: I like getting to answer the questions of students and their families because I get to hear what they are passionate about. I enjoy that I can help guide them through the process and give them an individual introduction to CC. When I was applying, I thought of college as a black hole ahead of me, so I like getting to help others in any way I can. By doing interviews, I can make the process a bit more holistic because the paper applica- tion can leave out so many important aspects of a person.

MN: What is your least favorite part?
ZL: Definitely hearing the logistics of admission. It is becoming increasingly competitive and disproportionately affecting so many people. It can be really hard to find out a stu- dent I really connected with did not get in, but it’s all a part of the process. It can make me really pessimistic, but I’m glad I can have some influence, even if it’s small.

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