Submitted by Bridget Pasapane on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:16pm
Christine Pitts joined the National Office team in July 2015 as a Chapter Support Manager.
We are proud to introduce you to a new Society staffer!
Christine, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a native of the Jersey Shore who grew up riding her bike to the beach and firmly believe that no one can ever attend too many concerts. I’m vertically challenged—I stand an impressive 5-foot-nothing, and people often say that they “didn’t even see me down there.” I start looking forward to the start of football season every February on the day after the Super Bowl. I bleed blue for the New York Giants and scarlet for Rutgers University. I have been blessed with an amazing group of friends, many of whom I consider my family; albeit a crazy, sometimes dysfunctional, but ever-loving and always-caring family.
Christine and her three closest friends at a Rutgers football game during their junior year of college.
I received my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Communications, and my Master’s of Science in Education, Student Affairs and College Counseling from Monmouth University. I love the challenge of learning, and I hope to complete my doctorate one day.
Christine and her sisters at her graduation from Monmouth University.
How would you describe your first month at the National Office, and what is your favorite part of working here so far?
I was told very often during my time as a graduate student that, “your first job will never be your dream job.” Working for the Society is my first job out of graduate school. While it may only be my first month at the National Office, I am fairly confident in stating that the people who told me that were dead wrong. The Society has been fun, exciting, and maybe a little scary, but I think that’s normal with any transition. I have never felt so welcomed and comfortable so quickly in a new position. My co-workers are quite possibly the best group of people I have ever met. Every single person cares about what they do, and every day they work hard toward helping students reach their dreams. I could not have imagined a better place to have my first job.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is a tie between completing my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degree, both for slightly different reasons. My bachelor’s degree was a huge accomplishment for me. I was a first generation student, so the mere act of going away to college was something I had to learn to navigate with little help from my family. That wasn’t their fault, they just didn’t know because they had never done it. During my freshman year my parents passed away just a few months apart from cancer. I owe finishing my degree in four years to the support I received on campus from faculty, staff and my peers, and of course my family too. This experience really made me want to work in higher education and with college students. I only hope that I can help students reach their dreams the way so many have helped me to accomplish mine.
To go on from there to receive my master’s degree was a dream come true and something I’m very proud of. Life can be really hard sometimes, but what I’ve learned is that with the proper support and dedication, anything is possible. Continuing my education, receiving that degree and moving forward to a career I enjoy was a dream come true.
What are you like outside of work?
I like to think I am super funny, but I think more often than not it comes across as just being weird—oh well. Also, I tend to be very sarcastic. Growing up I was a cheerleader, so you can imagine me as very peppy person who is more awake than most in the morning. I am a social butterfly who finds joy in meeting and getting to know new people. I love to hear and share personal stories.
In my free time, I enjoy reading. I am always open to book suggestions, so if you have any please pass them my way! I love being outside in any capacity whether it’s the beach, hiking, running, the park, the lake, or a walk in the city. I also attempt to skateboard and play the guitar, as well as try to teach myself the piano. Last but not least, I love to be with my friends and family as much as possible.
Christine “attempting to” play the guitar.
What song do you put on when you need to focus or get in the zone and why?
When it comes to concentrating for work, my go-to is classical piano. My favorite composer is Chopin. But if I need to get in the zone for my workout, I’ll choose something upbeat, such as electro pop or alternative punk.
If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?
I would be a dolphin. I grew up at the beach and would never leave the water. Aside from their beauty, dolphins are very social, protective, kind, compassionate and harmonious, which are characteristics I think describe my own personality. Plus I would get to live in the ocean, possibly among the Great Barrier Reef in Australia!
If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would travel to Australia (but not as a dolphin!). A huge dream of mine is to travel there. I am fascinated with the Great Barrier Reef and want to see it firsthand. Also, I’ve heard they have some amazing coffee, and I’m a sucker for an Australian accent.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher. I would save all my books and workbooks from the school year, and then in the summer I would make my younger sister and all her neighborhood friends “play school.” They weren’t exactly pleased, but I had fun.
What is your all-time favorite quote?
“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” - Stephen Cosby, The Perks of Being A Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books. I started using this quote in my testimonial speech I gave to students. I feel it really exemplifies my life and is also relatable to many people. Everyone has a past, but that doesn’t have to define one’s future.
If your life could be based on a movie or TV show, what show would it be and why?
It would definitely be Friends. Like I mentioned, I consider the majority of my friends to be family. If we could all live together in one building, have the jobs we want and journey through life together in such close proximity, it would be amazing. I’m lucky to say my life isn’t too far off from this ideal situation.
Christine and her friends at her recent graduation party.
What is something no one knows about you?
I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and whenever someone tries to tell me I should be sorted into Hufflepuff, I get legitimately upset. Gryffindor, forever.
I will say that I have come to terms with that fact that Hufflepuff really is a great house to be sorted in to. However, Pottermore doesn’t lie and I’ve been sorted. The verdict: Gryffindor.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
It would be the ability to fly. It would make my life dream of traveling, as well as my day-to-day routines, much easier!
Christine, it was great speaking with you today, and we’re happy to have you on our team.
Thank you for sharing!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015