This post is part of our spotlight series on NCSA Athletic Recruiting team members and NCSA career opportunities. Today, I caught up with Rachel Marks, a financial aid coordinator at NCSA Athletic Recruiting.
I see a lot of maize and blue worked into your wardrobe. Where did you grow up?
I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but lived and grew up for the majority of my life in Dexter, Michigan, which is just outside of Ann Arbor. I graduated from Dexter High School in 2009, where I did club gymnastics and dabbled in Track and Water Polo.
A fellow Midwesterner! U of M fan or not, Ann Arbor is an amazing place to be – did you stick around after high school?
I attended Washtenaw Community College, where I got my ADN (Associates Degree in Nursing) and recently graduated in December from the University of Michigan with my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing).
I’m sure having a medical professional on-hand brings your department a lot of comfort. A department, I should mention, you’re such an important part of (and I don’t just mean when it comes to the NCSA Talent Show…) Have you always been a leader?
Well, I am the oldest of three girls – my poor dad. My middle sister, Olivia, studies nutrition in Salt Lake City, Utah at Westminster and my youngster sister, Zoe, is mentally challenged, but recently graduated high school this past May.
That is awesome. The Marks girls are hard to keep up with! Now that’s you’re done with school, how do you stay busy outside of work?
I play beach volleyball, but seem to spend more time in the sand than on my feet somehow. If you are on my team, you know what I am taking about, and you are welcome for the entertainment. I also used to be a Level 10 gymnast and recently started coaching a gymnastics class at my Crossfit gym.
Beach volleyball and gymnastics sounds like a solid combo – and workout. Do you look up to any volleyball players or gymnasts – or just an athlete in particular?
I did have a favorite athlete – his name was Lance Armstrong – until these doping allegations surfaced and he was proven guilty.
That guy was one serious disappointment. Let’s get back to talking about something happy – like eating. What would be your last meal on Earth?
My last meal on earth would be my own personal breakfast buffet. Some eggs, hash browns, maybe a pancake or two, a slice of toast, and a ton of bacon.
Any day with a breakfast like that, sounds like a good day. And I know you’ve had some good days here at NCSA. How did you get your start on the NCSA team?
I started working at NCSA part time, as a Recruiting Coach Assistant in June of 2013. Since 2014 I’ve worked full time as a Financial Aid Coordinator.
And is there any memory that sticks out as a good day at NCSA?
One of my first and sweetest memories was receiving a birthday card from the 3rd floor culture club, after only working at NCSA for a month. Now happy to say I am part of this awesome group of people.
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