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Graduate uses education to help guide students through the college admissions process

Rae Ann Lenway’s own college experience as a student at Argosy University, Twin Cities has helped in her career as director of Admission & Recruitment at Hamline University.

“Being in higher education allowed me to experience what our students experience — the same joys, frustrations, anxieties, challenges, and rewards,” says Rae, a 2006 graduate of the master’s degree program in Educational Leadership program at Argosy University, Twin Cities. “This helps me understand and work with students with much more empathy. I can view situations from multiple perspectives because of the coursework that I completed and the conversations I had with fellow students during my time at Argosy.”

At Hamline, Rae is responsible for recruitment, outreach, application processing, admissions, and orientation related to all of the graduate and post-baccalaureate programs. She works closely with marketing, student services, financial aid, and program personnel across the campus and serves on the data management committee and data standards committee. Rae is also active with the Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance, Upper Midwest Banner Users’ Group, and National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Metropolitan State University, and also started a Doctor of Education program through Northeastern University in early 2010. In addition to her educational experience, she has many years of working experience in sales and non-profit management.

Early in her career, Rae faced many challenges as a female sales representative and manager in male-dominated industries. Despite the odds, she achieved many sales records and had successes. “I learned lessons early on in my career about listening to people’s needs and how by truly helping others, I would in turn have my greatest successes,” she says.

At Argosy University, Twin Cities, Rae expanded on her experiences and learned more about leadership, research, and operations. She also found supportive mentors in faculty members who helped her develop skills she uses in her doctoral and professional work.

Rae encourages students to stay motivated and remember that the knowledge they are gaining from college will be theirs forever.

“Nobody can take away what you are learning and how you develop personally and professionally from this experience,” she says.