From Denver to Puyallup: new helper on campus

Grace AmsdenEditor-in-Chief

To University of Northern Colorado graduate, golfer and outdoor lover Andrew Mayer, helping others can come in the simplest forms such as opening a door for someone. It can also mean providing support for students in their American Honors experience.

Coming from the American Honors admissions office in Denver as admissions officer, Mayer is now working as the American Honors regional admissions counselor.

Among Mayer’s tasks in Denver, he helped students with the program’s application, provided information about the program and contact information for the honors advisers. He also made sure all documents were turned in.

His inspiration for helping others comes from his family.

“I just want to be able to provide that to someone who may not necessarily have it,” Mayer said. “And I think helping them succeed is truly inspiring.”

Mayer came to Pierce because he was offered a promotion to his current position. He arrived to Washington on April 17 where he plans to stay long-term. In Denver, he said that it was dry and isn’t as green like it is in Washington.

“I’m really excited to start somewhere new,” Mayer said. “I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life, so to start here has been really exciting.”

Mayer’s position will include attending school fairs, helping with program events, working with the Pierce student ambassadors, American Honors program faculty and outreach team as well as talking to students about the program.

“I think being able to be face-to-face with students is really fun, and getting to see students make that progression from when they first join the program to when they graduate with their honors diploma,” Mayer said.

Becky Osborn, admissions manager for American Honors, served as Mayer’s supervisor for eight months and communicates with him daily as part of the program. Osborn said that he’s  loyal to his friends, is hardworking and keeps everyone laughing and smiling.

“He’s always willing to step out and help someone else,” Osborn said.

In 2014, Mayer graduated from UNC. While in college, he said he struggled to get the support he needed. This was probably because many advisers were busy and didn’t have time to meet individually with everyone, he said.

“My only guidance was my sister, who went to college before me,” Mayer said. “I didn’t really get a whole lot of guidance from my advisers or from my professors.”

After college, he wasn’t sure about what he wanted as a career, but found out about American Honors and said he fell in love with education again. If he had to give one word to describe the program, he’d say it’s exciting because of all of the opportunities for students to gain resources.

“Knowing what I went through in college, I wanted to make sure I could help students with that process and make sure they didn’t have the challenges that I did,” Mayer said.

From UNC, Mayer earned a degree in criminal justice and was an intern for two summers at the Northglenn Police Department, which he said was the best experience of his life. He had the opportunity to be a part of the training for the new officers and work for the department’s data management by inputting new information into the system.

“It would just depend on the day if I was doing more of the data or if it was training,” Mayer said. “If it was training, we may go out and do exercises of certain situations or I might go on a ride-along for the entire day (with the officers).”

He recommends that students participate in an internship so they can fully understand the field they desire to get into.

As regional admissions counselor, Mayer said he’d like to build a culture among the honors students, which includes helping international students become involved with the program. All students should be involved together, he said.

“A lot of international students want to meet other students and kind of have that mesh, because I think a lot of times they do feel kind of separated,” Mayer said.

Outside of work, Mayer enjoys the outdoors as well as engaging in and watching sports. When first arriving to Washington, he said he made plans to visit Mount Rainier and play golf at Chambers Bay.

Mayer also enjoys hiking and camping. In Denver, he was involved in a kickball league and softball. Out of all activities he participates in, golfing is his activity of choice.

“My parents lived on a golf course, so I’d play there,” Mayer said.

For his position, he’ll work at both Pierce College Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom.

For all college students, he recommends that they shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help.

“I think a lot of times, students are scared to ask for help because they think they’ve almost been defeated,” Mayer said. “But by asking for help, you do learn a lot of information from other students as well as faculty.”

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