Gerene Carter '06 is the Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator for Campus Visitation/Special Events at Hampton University. In this role, she serves as the Chief Organizer for High School Day, the University's signature and most popular recruiting event. The Student Connection found out how Carter balances planning for the day and how she's been enjoying her 'Home By The Sea' as an employee for the last two years.
Q: What year did you graduate HU, and in what did you earn
A: I graduated in 2006, with a bachelor's of arts Art Degree.
Q: How does it feel to be giving back to your alma mater in
A: First, giving all praises to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of Hampton University. It's so Amazing!!! After 12 years in a corporate structure it has been a wonderful transition to be a part of my alma mater. I have the wonderful opportunity to help young adults understand the importance of higher education, completing their education, and seeing what outstanding men and women HU produces.
Q: At what time do you start and end your day on High School
A: The day starts at 5 a.m. and all of the activities associated with High School Day are usually completed by 7 p.m.
Q: What are your expectations for the day?
A: Prospective students and parents will have the opportunity to speak to faculty and staff from various academic departments at the Open House and Academic/Student Activities Fair. Throughout the day the HU Student Recruitment Team (SRT), which helps plan the event, will give campus tours, there will be food vendors and events throughout the day in the Student Center Atrium. My expectations are that people will leave with an abundance of information, and a sense of what a great institution this is.
Q: What challenges does the day bring?
A: The biggest challenge would be the weather. Most of our activities are outside and we always pray that the good Lord will provide a perfectly sunny and warm day for the activities.
Q: What student/parent/school reactions have you received
from last year?
A: Outstanding, awesome, fun, informative, organized, educational, and the end of the day they have made their decision that HU is where they plan to go to college.
Q: What is the biggest fulfillment for you after High School
Day is over?
A: I am so blessed that the entire University works so hard, and everyone has a part in putting on the day without a hitch.
Q: What can campus visitors expect on High School Day?
A: The day begins with a 9:00 a.m. welcome program. Doors open at the HU Convocation Center at 7:30 a.m. Activities include guided campus tours, open houses by the deans at various academic buildings, an administrative/student activities fair, a soundstage, a HU Marching Force band performance at the Convocation Center, and other organizational events throughout the day.