Alumni Profile

Erin Irons

Admissions Counselor at Green Mountain College

What are you doing now? Are you where you imagined you would be in your career at this point in your life prior to graduating, or did things work out differently than you planned?

I currently work at Green Mountain College as an Admissions Counselor. I am also a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University in the Masters of Higher Education Administration program. During my time at St. Mike’s, I worked in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, the Tour Guide Coordinator, and as an admissions intern. After these various roles, I am really happy to be working in higher education - especially in the field of admissions. I did not think I would be in graduate school so soon after graduating from St. Mike’s, but I have found my studies to really support and inform my work.

What made you choose St. Mike's?

I was a transfer student. My older sister, Megan Irons ‘14, was a student at St. Mike’s and loved every moment of it. I was not happy at my previous institution, and my sister was so happy and so passionate about being at St. Mike’s. After visiting her all the time, I decided to apply, and am so happy I ended up here!

What was your most memorable experience at St. Mike's?

There are too many to choose one! However, one that I am very thankful for was the opportunity to do research. I spent the summer working as an undergraduate research intern through SMC and Vermont EPSCOR; I earned a National Science Foundation grant to research Twitter, which was so cool! I spent one semester writing two research theses: one in history, and one in political science. I did an independent study in political science research. It was an incredible opportunity to present my research at four different symposiums.

Who was your favorite professor, or a professor that influenced you in a significant way?

My two favorite professors are Dr. Mike Bosia of the Political Science department and Dr. Susan Ouellette of the History department. Dr. Ouellette and I have a very close relationship, as she was my professor for five of my seven semesters at SMC as well as my thesis advisor, and we collaborated in an independent research project. Dr. Mike Bosia was my political science advisor and aided me in conducting independent research. Both professors helped me find my voice and my passions. My SMC experience would not have been the same without them.

How did you come to be where you are now?

I had the best time working in the Office of Admission at St. Mike’s for three years. I started off as a tour guide, became the Tour Guide Coordinator in my junior year, and interned in the office my senior year. It really affirmed for me that I wanted to go into the field of higher education. I am so thankful that my supervisor at St. Mike’s sent me the job posting for my current position at Green Mountain College. I applied the afternoon I found out about the job, and four days later I interviewed. If it was not my time working in the Office of Admission at St. Mike’s, I would not be where I am today.

What was it like adjusting to the 'real world' after graduating?

It was a surreal transition in the sense that I did not know how to conform to the traditional 9-5 schedule. I felt like academics stressed me out in a motivating way, and I enjoyed going to class, working on campus, and studying for 12-15 hours a day. I immediately enrolled in graduate school which allows me to earn my degree while working full time.

Where do you think you would be right now if you had not gone to Saint Michael's college? How would your life be different?

St. Mike’s provided me with so many opportunities that I would not have otherwise. I am so thankful for the ability to have made so many connections and strong relationships with my professors and colleagues on campus. It was opportunities to do research, earn unique internships, and work closely with my professors that influenced me the most.

What would you say to current seniors who will be graduating soon?

Do not feel like you have to have everything figured out! Despite having an awesome job now, I feel like I am just starting to figure out exactly what I want to do with my life and my career.

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