In this edition of Meet the Team, we sat down with Katie Nelson, student support advisor at Norwich University Online.
Q: What is your background?
A: I graduated from Norwich as an undergraduate in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, then again in 2018 with a master’s in public administration, all while working full-time as an administrative assistant for Norwich’s College of Liberal Arts and as the administrative and logistics coordinator for Norwich’s Peace and War Center. I enjoyed studying African policy and completed my master's research paper on the struggles with public policy implementation in rural Tanzania. Outside of work and research, I also own and run a small farm on a mission towards self-sustainability (my passion and main research interest).
A: I started out at Norwich as an undergraduate student on campus, so I was already well acquainted with the university and had friends here. After I graduated I left for a few months traveling, and looking for jobs and places to live. An opportunity opened up to return to Norwich for the summer working on a virtual history project of the college. I decided to return to central Vermont and join Norwich University again as an employee.
Q: Favorite thing to do in Vermont?
A: I absolutely love outdoor activities in the warm weather, such as hiking, kayaking, and camping. I also always find it fun to embrace Vermont’s quirky nature and explore the variety of fairs and festivals.
Q: Vermont in Summer? Or Vermont in Winter?
A: Summer Vermont all the way! I can’t get enough time outdoors on the long, sunny days in the warm weather.
Q: Favorite way to spend a weekend?
A: The absolute best way to spend a weekend for me is with my dogs and closest friends. I love going on beautiful scenic hikes with both a group of friends and my pups.
Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
A: Charmed, the original series.
Q: Favorite desk décor item?
A: Garden gnomes!
Q: What’s your favorite part about working at Norwich?
A: My favorite part of working at Norwich is working with the students and watching them grow throughout their academic careers. Seeing these young adults start off timid and unsure of their new environment grow into confident, capable leaders brightens my heart and makes me proud to be a part of the team that proctors that growth.