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Q&A with Digital Strategist Carissa Hansen

By Gabriella Barczys

Staff Writer

What brought you to RU and why do you choose to work here?

“I had a very, very rough experience at a job before I came to RU. I had been job searching for months and was running out of hope that the right opportunity would come up. To my surprise, everything worked out and I got the job! I was drawn to Rochester because it is a college, which is what I feel most connected to. The fact that Rochester has a Christian background is such a bonus to me!“


What's the most rewarding part of your job?

“I love feeling like I am helping students and serving a greater purpose. I am passionate about higher education and have always wanted to work at a college. I am grateful to have co-workers who are not only helpful to me but also my friends. It’s nice to see how passionate everyone is at Rochester about what they do.”


What do you do to have fun or relieve stress?

“Journal, write songs, play guitar, yoga, volunteer at church.”


Where did you grow up? Describe

“I was born and raised in Ray Township, Michigan. It’s a rural area but not too far from civilization! Wherever I end up, it will always feel like home to me.“


What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area? Or in Michigan?

“I love shopping at Hello Fancy in Downtown Rochester! I also love going on walks or bike rides in the summer.“


What in your life do you feel most passionate about?

“I am very passionate about helping other people and doing service work. I believe we are here to make an impact and serve others. I am also extremely passionate about writing and music.“


What is your most embarrassing moment?

“Any situation where I am caught off guard or put on the spot – I freeze! “


What is the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

“I have many of my own struggles and often get in my own way as an overthinker. I have a hard time trusting God in difficult times. I’m always working to improve myself in every facet of my life.“


What is a random fun fact about you?

“I once touched the real Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!“


What single piece of advice would you give to students today?

“There is always so much emphasis and pressure put on young people to have everything figured out. I now realize how unrealistic and unfair that expectation is. It’s OK to not know exactly what you want to do, to take breaks, and figure it out as you go. Also, we are ALWAYS better when we share our stories with the right people. Don’t be afraid to be yourself–being different is cool.”

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