They're Your Friends

Kerry McConnaughay '20 and Anika Payano '20

Hi ya from Hay Ya,

We’re back.

We're Back

We decided that this post is going to be focused on the faculty and staff members here at Olin because they’re really awesome.  At our high schools, our teachers held office hours and hung out for a while after school to talk or go over confusing homework assignments, but the interactions we have with the people who work here are very different. 

For example, I (Kerry) take Identity of the Mind and Brain, which is essentially a psychology class offered at Olin.  My professor, Jon Adler, is one of the best teachers I have ever had.  The other day, I looked at my inbox and saw an email from him. I opened an email with the subject “Fluff Therapy” and read that he was bringing his dog to campus so that we could all stop by, meet his dog, hang out for a short time, and relax.  His dog is adorable, by the way.

So Fluffy

By this time in the semester, it is easy to feel super tired and it is nice to have a pick-me-up, like a dog.

And just to get into the Halloween spirit here’s a sly reference to Hocus Pocus:

Hocus Pocus

Anyway, I cannot think of any time during elementary, middle, or high school when my teacher came back to school with their pet to cheer up the students.  He also brought Play-Doh and drawing supplies to class and designed a game to help us understand short- and long-term memory better.  And interactions with faculty like this are pretty common!

As you already know, we both work in the Admission office.  Since we have been working here, we have created some bonds with the staff members in the office.  I (Anika) would like to talk about Krystal Burgos, who I first met at Candidates' Weekend. We started with exchanges over email and I finally met her in person.  At the end of Candidates' Weekend, the last thing she told me was, “I hope to see you again.”

See You Again

So if you didn’t piece together, I made it.


At the beginning of the semester, I was searching for a job and saw an opening in the Admission office. Having established a relationship with Krystal, I thought it would be nice to work alongside her, as an apprentice. Since working here, Krystal, Kerry, and I have had some great times. We all crochet together. If that’s not goals, I don’t what is.  I think I can speak for the both of us when I say we are glad we work here.

Long story short: Olin faculty and staff are some of the best people there are. 


Admission Office Apprentices



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