The Dearborn Icebreaker: Kristen Sanchez

Kristen SanchezName: Kristen Sanchez
Position: Administrative Specialist, Graduate Studies
Years at UM-Dearborn: Going on 3 years

What does a typical workday look like for you?
Most of my focus falls under the admissions arm in our office, so typical can vary based on busy (read: CRAZY) times. Most of my responsibilities fall under:

  • Optimizing and troubleshooting issues that affect the admission process,
  • Helping prospective students,
  • Working with students to archive master’s theses, and
  • International transcript evaluation.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
There are constant opportunities to learn something new and to see immediate impact of change. It’s very fulfilling to be constantly challenged while seeing tangible results from your work.

What was your first job?
Catering. Multitasking, constantly moving and meeting new people was a great way to break into the workforce. Constantly being covered in gravy was a less transferable skill.

What do you do to relax?

  • Reading a good book with a large blanket
  • Board games (anything but Monopoly)
  • Knitting
  • Netflix marathons with my dog, Goose

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
I would love to be fluent in multiple languages (and to pick them up easily!). I studied Russian in college and struggled to move beyond the “conversation with a toddler” stage.

What’s your definition of a life well lived?
Full of laughter, love and taking every opportunity.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?
It’s the little moments, like finishing War & Peace or not squealing at the sight of a spider.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?
Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to compete in chess tournaments.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?
Nothing is set in stone. Change can happen if you work for it.

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