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Undergraduate Admissions

Chelsea Gary

Chelsea Gary

Title: Admissions counselor
Email: garycs@vcu.edu
Responsibilities: Meeting with prospective students and their families, visiting college fairs and high schools, conducting information sessions and reviewing applications
Counselor region: Piedmont/ Blue Ridge.
High school: Floyd E. Kellam High School
College: Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor of Science – Mass Communications

About the Office of Admissions

What brought you to VCU?

One of my first memories of VCU was my brothers’ School of Arts graduation. As a kid, it’s hard for any school to compete with stilts, beach balls and the one of a kind experience of VCU. Plus, I loved the diversity of the student body.

Name three adjectives that describe the Office of Admissions.

Devoted, ever-changing, helpful

What do you enjoy most about meeting prospective VCU students?

I love the excitement prospective students have about VCU. It's easy for me to have Ram pride, but to see how eager students are to learn about VCU is an amazing feeling.

What are three things we’ll find in your suitcase?

Running shoes, back up clothes, as well as, anything pink and green.

What’s one thing you don’t travel without?

Workout gear.

Best part of your job:

The moment I see a prospective student I've worked with or met during a high school visit, attending our accepted student events. Nothing compares to that feeling.

What’s your favorite place on campus?

My favorite part on campus would have to be the University Student Commons. I spent A LOT of time there as an undergrad for meetings, events, and programs. So it has a special place in my heart.

About me

What don’t most people know about you?

One of my goals in life is to visit the U.K and carry a conversation in my best British accent.

What are you reading now?

Right now I am reading, “Monday Morning Leadership” by David Cottrell

What’s on your iPod?

I’m usually listening to Pandora, but my favorite stations are Dierks Bentley, Beyonce, and Bassnectar.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon?

I love going to lunch with my church family after service. We’ve managed to get quite a few local restaurants under our belt.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a lawyer, teacher, and political correspondent.

What do you order at Starbucks?

After being addicted to Java chip Fraps, I’ve acquired a new love for White Chocolate Mocha lattes

Who/what inspires you?

My parents. Their strength, love, and commitment to family is remarkable.

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