Jen grew up in the Greater Cincinnati area and attended Roger Bacon High School. She graduated from Marian University with a degree in sociology. Prior to working in the Office of Admission at Marian University, Jen spent many years in the financial services industry and is thrilled to be back at Marian helping students learn about all MU has to offer. “I am incredibly blessed to be married to my college sweetheart, mom to four amazing children and living in the Cincinnati area, so I can serve my students and their families.”
If Jen could offer some advice to incoming freshmen it would be: trust yourself. You know the feeling when you get when something “fits,” you should feel that way about where you are going to spend the next four years. If you have the opportunity to spend the night and sit in on a class, take advantage of that. Everything looks great on a brochure or an event day, so take the time to see what your day-to-day experience may look like. You will be thankful you did!
During the college search process, be sure to ask about what happens if you change your major. It is difficult to know what you want to do for the rest of your life, and you want to make sure you have options if your interests change. Your admissions counselor wants you to find your right fit, develop a relationship with them throughout the process, we love to hear from prospective students and no question is ever too silly to ask.
There are so many favorite memories of my time on Marian’s campus, from growing up swimming in the now nonexistent Stokely Mansion pool, to winning Mock Rock, speaking at graduation, meeting lifelong friends, and marrying my husband. In more recent years, I have loved attending as many sporting events as possible, including hosting the Ohio tailgate for each home football game, and being able to witness both football national championships with my family in 2012 and 2015. Marian’s campus is beautiful! There are places to gather, to be alone, enjoy nature, or take in a game, but by far my favorite place on campus is the Bishop Chartrand Memorial Chapel in Marian Hall. It is so peaceful and also where I was married and where we now attend Mass on football Saturdays.”