Jacquelyn Wonsey

Director of Housing, Coppin State University

What was your favorite part about working in Rutgers Residence Life?
“One of my favorite parts about working in Rutgers Residence Life was the comradery and connections I made with my colleagues in the department. We were truly a tight knit group and people always looked out for each other. If I was facing an issue, or needed support with a project, I could always count on my fellow Residence Life Coordinators (RLCs).”

What other opportunities did you partake in while working at Rutgers?
“While working as a RLC, I was able to connect with other departments and assist with various campus-wide initiatives. Some opportunities included presenting at the Rutgers Student Affairs Conference, serving as an intern in the Center for Social Justice and LGBT Communities, serving as the Co-Chair for the 2015 Rutgers Student Affairs Conference, and serving as a staff partner for Alternative Spring Breaks on a trip to Los Angeles.”

How did Rutgers Residence Life best prepare you for your current position?
“In my current role, I am primarily responsible for facilities management, occupancy management, and building security. I was able to dabble in each of those areas while working at Rutgers. Although we did not administer work orders within Residence Life at Rutgers, our advocacy and follow up were important to making sure building maintenance concerns were addressed. Participating in the room change process and occupancy checks gave me the experience to implement similar policies and procedures in my current role. Due to the size and scope of Rutgers Residence Life, I got exposure to the many facets of a residential operation which are easily transferable to other institutions or companies.”

Any words of advice or wisdom?
“My advice to anyone considering working in Residence Life at Rutgers is to do it! Jump in and learn as much as you can. Network with other colleagues in student affairs, find your niche, and while it is important to learn when and how to say ‘no,’ try to say yes when you can.”