Kit felt inspired by his family’s academic journey. A desire to pay it forward evoked an interest in elementary education. He subsequently worked with advisors to complete a trio of teaching practicums with local schools and learning institutions in his junior and senior years.
The experiences taught Kit much about himself — and led to a total change of plans.
“I came to understand that I didn’t necessarily want to teach, so much as talk to people and find ways to help them,” he said. The realization was welcome, but it threw a monkey wrench in his career trajectory. Luckily, the interdisciplinary track positioned him for a pivot.
“It wasn’t like I was studying coding and woke up one morning hating computers,” said Kit. “I’d studied so many different areas, I felt like I could change directions and do something else.”
Consulting MBU mentors brought an offer: His sociable personality, intimate knowledge of the school, and love of Staunton were particularly suited for the role of admissions counselor. Kit accepted a position last July after graduation. He’s since found the job to be incredibly fulfilling.
“I know too well how important it is to find the right college,” Kit said. He talks to prospective students candidly, asking questions about their background, learning style, academic ambitions, and career goals. He then directs them to pertinent MBU programming, professors, clubs, student leaders, and so on.
“I love my job because it lets me share my passion for this amazing, special school with others,” said Kit. When he sees a potential student resonating with MBU’s mission of inclusive personal empowerment, he knows the university will be a perfect fit.
“Their eyes light up and I know I’m witnessing the beginning of an awesome journey,” Kit continued. He thinks of what MBU has meant for himself and his brothers and sister, “and I just feel so happy to be able to help guide these [young students] to the starting line of their college adventure.”