by Antonia D’Amato

Patricia Hughes studied English at Siena College and is now Associate Director of Admissions at St. Francis College.

Patricia’s roommate used to work in the Center for Student Success at SFC, which made her familiar with the college. Once connected to Rob Oliva, they “had shared experiences, shared values, and a shared vision for what admissions should look like in an ever changing world.

“The position for Associate Director was open, so I took a leap of faith and applied. That sort of ‘by chance’ meeting was life changing for me and I feel very lucky to be a part of this amazing community.”

“I focus on the internal operations of the admissions office. Ensure that all day to day policies and procedures take place,” are just some of the things that Hughes does in her role as Associate Director of Admissions.

Hughes’ favorite project is leading event planning for all major recruitment events, “it’s so exciting to work on all the logistics for Open House, Scholarship Day, admitted Student Day – and then to finally see it all in action! The energy on those days is always electric and I love being a small part of it!”

Hughes also works collaboratively with other offices in the college to ensure the success of all students, both perspective and current and she does this because her favorite thing about SFC is the community. “It’s inspiring to walk through the front door every day and be in a place that feels like home… SFC is so much more than just a ‘job’ for me, it’s family.”

When asked about some advice that she could offer students during this time she responded, “we are in a turbulent time now- everyone is feeling nervous, stressed, uncertain. I encourage everyone to reach out to their support system, express how you are feeling, and ask for help when you need it.

“When this is all over, hug your loved ones a little tighter, tell the people you care about how much they mean to you, and go after those experiences you may have been holding back on.”

“Remember, we will all get through this #SFCTogether.”

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