Bronco Spotlight: Kailynn Cummings

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Bachelor of Science in family studies, 2016

Current Job Title:

Assistant Director of Admissions; Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment 

Current Employer:

Alma College

Describe your current job:

I develop and implement diversity recruitment initiatives that help to meet the strategic recruitment goals of the college. I also assist with campus-wide recruitment efforts related to multicultural student scholarships, area specific scholarship programs, community based organization partnerships, and on and off campus events. I collaborate with campus partners on diversity and inclusion programming, interview and counsel future students and their parents on college admission requirements and the overall college choice process. I also represent and promote the college to external constituencies and participate in on and off campus admissions activities including a specific recruitment territory. I perform targeted communication and telecounseling with prospective students and their families, and take an active role in facilitating admissions events. 

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

Assisting students in their college decision (Which is one of the biggest decisions any 17 yr old is making nowadays). 

What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career? 

My high campus involvement during my tenure at WMU gave me the tools and skill set needed to be successful in the field. As a Bronco Bash Coordinator, First-Year Experience Co Instructor, Americorps Vista, member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and student employee for the Office of Student Affairs; I met every qualification needed to fill my current position. People I will forever thank include: Vernon Payne, Kris Kenz-Locke, M'Myia Hughes, Hailey Mangrum, Shashanta James, Brenda Case-Parris and finally Robin Miller. 

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college? 

Don't take the 'no's' personally. Additionally, do not allow the 'no's' to deter you from the goal. Apply, interview, apply, and interview again. Never lose sight of the goal and in every opportunity; network. It’s not always about who you know, sometimes it is really about who knows you. 

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