RPS Voices: The Rutgers Prep Blog
Rhiannon Schade joins Rutgers Prep this year as a full-time College Counselor. With an undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Rhiannon has worked with admission offices UCSC, U Penn, and Sweet Briar, and since 2013 has been Senior Director of Collegewise.
RPS: What's your proudest moment as a college counselor?
Rhiannon Schade: My proudest moments in college counseling are when students can look back on the college search and say that they have grown as human beings (not just as applicants to college).
RPS: What inspires you?
RS: Good design, thoughtfulness, positive energy, new ideas, long jogs, contemporary literature, history books.
RPS: What's your "go to" joke?
RS: I follow "Dad Jokes" on Twitter (check it out to cackle along) and have a lot of bad ones floating around in my brain like: 'When our grandad turned 65, we told him to run a mile every day, but now we have no idea where he is" and "Did you see Mt. Rushmore before it was carved? It was unprecedented."
RPS: What do you want to be when you grow up?
RS: College counseling is my calling, a role that I adore and feel fortunate to have discovered many years ago, but I've imagined what it might be like to be an astronaut or a novelist, two very different jobs I know! I think I will stick to college counseling.
RPS: What hidden talent do you have that others do not know about?
RS: I am skilled at recommending books that people actually enjoy reading. I individualize my recommendations based on people's preferences and often get feedback that my picks were a hit! I also enjoy running quite a bit, but wouldn't consider myself a talented athlete per se.
RPS: What was your favorite meal as a child? What is your favorite meal now?
French fries, and, well, french fries. Some things never change, particularly the undeniable deliciousness of fried potatoes generously coated in salt.