Elizabeth "Liz" Oswalt, who recently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies at Marietta College, has joined her alma mater as an admission counselor.
"There are two reasons I wanted this position," Oswalt said. "During my time as an undergraduate at Marietta I became involved on campus and learned to appreciate all of the opportunities our college has to offer. I grew so much while I was here and hope to help other students realize what Marietta can do for them."
Oswalt believes it was her extra-circular involvement that made her a good fit for the position. She served as a campus leader and role model to many of her fellow students. Oswalt stretched herself across many aspects of campus over her four years: Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Panhellenic Council, Up 'til Dawn, orientation leader, peer mentor, The Mariettana and served as a campus tour guide.
"After interviewing many great candidates for the admission counselor position, Liz became the clear choice for who should be representing Marietta College," said Dean of Admission Jason Turley. "Between her involvement on campus as a student and the energy that she brought to the admission office as a tour guide, Liz was a perfect fit for representing Marietta College."
As an Admission Counselor Oswalt will be responsible for meeting with prospective students, keeping in contact with them throughout their college search, and traveling during the fall to designated territories to visit high schools and attend college fairs.
"I love having the opportunity to answer questions, address concerns, and talk about everything Marietta has to offer," Oswalt said. "Watching faces light up when students hear we have exactly what they're looking for on campus is my favorite part of the job."
Oswalt hopes to one day pursue a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration. She hopes to use the experience to give herself a taste of what student affairs has to offer.
"I graduated Marietta College a completely new person because of the different positions I held and the people who advised me along the way," Oswalt said. "I was fortunate to gain the friendship and perspective of so many staff members during my time at Marietta that it is the least I can do to pay it forward."
Oswalt said the change to the workforce has been strange, but the fellow Admission staff has helped make the transition smoother.
"So far it has been a little weird to be honest," Oswalt said. "The transition from being a tour guide to an admission counselor feels funny. It's difficult training myself to talk about the school as an employee rather than a student but everyone on campus has been supportive and understanding. The best part is that I never had to leave my home away from home. I love Marietta."