PCACAC has a new Executive Assistant! We sat down with Annie Hilton, to learn a little bit about our new EA. Spoilers: she's pretty awesome.
Give us some background! Where are you from, where did you grow up, a little info on your most recent job with The Covenant School, etc.
I grew up in Orange County, Virginia not too far from where I live now. Before the age of 6, I traveled quite a bit and lived overseas. Alas, my memories are few.
Can you share anything about your own college advising experience?
I didn't explore my options for college as much as I should have. I applied to three different universities and was fortunate enough to be accepted to all three. I didn't give my final decision much thought and just went with my first choice. I'm pretty certain I would not have gone wrong with any of my options, but sometimes think I should have looked at the programs more carefully to balance these with my interests and strengths. Regardless, my counselor was as helpful as possible, but I could have asked more questions and been a more deliberate in planning.
What’s a special or hidden talent that you have?
I love to paint and create art. I hope to enroll in a stained glass class in the near future.
What did you think you wanted to be when you were 5 years old?
I remember pretending to be a teacher when I played. This is probably because my father was a teacher and administrator.
What drew you to PCACAC?
Great people, volunteers, and mission. Members of PCACAC truly touch the future in positive ways.
What are you most looking forward to, in your new position with PCACAC?
I look forward to completing the first year so that I can begin to work from experience and not always direction. I believe that most positions, particularly those associated with an academic year or cycle, one will begin to accomplish tasks more efficiently after completely one cycle. After completing a year in the Executive Assistant role, the basic learning curve will be complete, and I will begin to facilitate efforts beyond the basic responsibilities of the PCACAC Executive Assistant. Also, I want to connect names and faces without hesitation.
Having now attended a PCACAC Conference, what was your favorite part? What did you like about the conference?
Using some slang acquired from my teenage daughter, the PCACAC "peeps" were definitely the best part of the conference. It is inspirational to be around people passionate about their professions and volunteer efforts. These folks are quite accomplished. It is worth repeating that the PCACAC people were my favorite part of the conference, and the 10-layer, Smith Island cake served by Liquid Assets was pretty incredible as a runner-up.
What’s one thing we definitely have to know about you?
I love coffee!