Q&A with Katelyn Hargrave, RC Administrative Assistant
This is the sixth in a series of the people who make Rochester College what it is. These employees serve behind the scenes, but are crucial to the operations of the college.
By Makenna Calkin
Q: What is your official Position at RC?
A: “Currently my official position is the Administrative Assistant for the Student Development Office and Masters of Religious Education Office, but soon I’ll just be working for Student Development.”
Q: Describe a typical day at work.
A: “A typical day at work looks like getting into the office at 8:30 a.m., restocking the Keurig area in Student Life, responding to emails, answering phone calls, talking to students, directing visitors on campus to correct offices, printing replacement IDs for students that have lost or broken cards, helping with chapel/prepping chapel announcements, usually eating lunch at my desk, processing any paperwork that needs done of the MRE and/or Student Life office, and anything else that is given to me to do by Dean Baron or Dr. Mark Love. And that’s a slower day!”
Q: What brought you to RC and why?
A: “This is a tough question because there are a lot of things that brought me to RC. My dad, David Brackney, has worked here since the year I was born. I also earned my Bachelor’s degree here, it's my work and now I'm earning my Master’s degree here. So I guess a big part of it is my family’s history with the college, but also my own experience here. I loved my undergrad time and so a big part of my choosing to be an RC employee and further my education here is because I love the RC community and want to give back to it.”
Q: What is the easiest and hardest part of your job?
A: “Easiest part is just the fun interactions I get to have with students on daily basis. I love that interacting with and having conversations with students is a part of my job. The hardest part would probably be handling chapel point issues, but that comes in waves so it’s not a constant issue.”
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: “The most rewarding part of my job would be the relationships I build with students and watching them learn, change, and grow throughout their time here. This year will be the first class I see graduate that I have been with from their freshmen to senior year, so seeing those students getting ready for graduation and becoming confident in their degrees and who they are is definitely one of the best parts of my job.”
Q: What are some of your hobbies or ways to relieve stress?
A: “I enjoy running and yoga for stress relief. Outside of that my hobbies are singing, horseback riding (when I can, which isn’t often), camping when the weather is nice, consuming coffee, playing with my dog, Rory, and going for walks with him and my husband, Clay.”
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: “I grew up in Attica, MI which is a tiny little town about 45 minutes north of RC. I actually grew up right across the road from Michigan Christian Youth Camp, so my growing up years were spent hanging out and working at the camp with their horse program, building forts in the woods, and generally helping out there. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the RC campus? In the Rochester Hills area?
A: “I love taking walks on campus, especially over to the swing in Riverside Park. My parents made that swing for Clay and I’s wedding, so it’s nice to be able to hangout over there when I get the chance. One of my favorite things to do in Rochester Hills would be just walking around Downtown, going to the Farmer’s Market, and hanging out or studying at Dessert Oasis, because coffee.”
Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: “If a dog can be a “prized possession” I would definitely say my dog, Rory. He is a 55lb Goldendoodle with the biggest personality of any dog I’ve ever met. We like to call him 'Rordawg', which is obviously super cool.”
Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
A: “Honestly, I can’t really think of one… which probably means I’m bound to have a super embarrassing moment sometime soon.”
Q: What is your biggest obstacle?
A: “I’m a bit of a control freak, so I get in my own way by over thinking things and by having a hard time adjusting if everything doesn’t go as planned. Also, just being confident in my abilities – sometimes I forget that I actually am a very capable person.”
Q: Who was your biggest influence?
A: “I could name a whole list of people, but one of my biggest influences would be my Granna, Rita Brackney. She is one of the most sweet, kind, loving, generous, selfless, people I know and you can’t help but smile and feel loved when you’re around her. To me, she is the epitome of a Christ like person who loves God and loves others well.”