Get to Know Your Admissions Counselor: Rob Findtner

It’s time to learn about another WOU admissions counselor! Next up is Rob Findtner. Find out what his advice is for incoming freshmen!

What territory do you cover? Multnomah County (Oregon) and the state of Hawaii.

Where is your favorite place to eat when you are on the road? I have a tendency to pack a lunch when visiting schools in the Portland-Metro area. I am big fan of fish tacos when recruiting in the state of Hawaii.

What do you like to do to pass the time between school visits? I find the closest Starbucks so that I utilize the free Wi-Fi. I feel it is paramount to respond to e-mails from prospective students, high school counselors, and my colleagues from WOU in a timely manner.

What is your favorite part about being an Admissions Counselor? One of the most exciting and challenging times of the year is College Application Week. Over the course of roughly three weeks in November Oregon high schools host “instant admission” events for their seniors and WOU participates in three to five events per week. I have witnessed a wide array of emotions from students, including tears of joy, as I share the news they are admitted to WOU. I find myself becoming emotional and fighting back the tears as students literally run out of the room and start celebrating the news they are admitted to WOU.

If you could give one piece of advice to an incoming freshman at WOU, what would it be? Utilize the resources available to you as a WOU student. Students can be guilty of waiting until they are struggling academically and/or socially and term is drawing to a close before they seek assistance. New Student Week offers several sessions that focus on resources and services for students.

Why did you choose to become an admissions counselor? As a graduate of WOU (WOSC), I absolutely loved my experience inside and outside the classroom. My experiences as a member of the PLUS Team, the Residence Hall Association, and ASWOU influenced my decision pursue a graduate degree in college student services administration. I narrowed down my career path to college admissions during graduate school and landed my first position as an admissions counselor at a college Wyoming. My recruitment territory was the state of Wyoming and I would be away from campus two to three weeks at a time visiting high schools and participating in college fairs. My time in Wyoming reinforced the fact I enjoy sharing the benefits of a college education with students and their families. I have witnessed firsthand how a college education can have profound impact on the life of a student during my 20 years at WOU.

What is the #1 question you get asked by prospective students? What’s your answer to that question? Students from the state of Hawaii often inquire about the weather and location of WOU. I share that students will experience all of the seasons, including cool and wet winters. I describe Monmouth as a safe and friendly community conveniently located in the Willamette Valley. I have found that more students from the state of Oregon are quick to inquire about the total cost of attendance and how they can finance their education. Questions regarding cost of attendance open the door for me to discuss financial aid, scholarships, student employment, and the Tuition Choice.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? I enjoy watching my three children participate in a variety of different activities throughout the year. They definitely keep me busy!

How can students contact you if they have any other questions? Students are invited to contact me via telephone or email.

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