Q&A with Financial Services Specialist Olivia Mitton
by Jake Feldman
News & Opinon Editor
Olivia Feldman Mitton is a FAFSA/Verification Specialist in Rochester University’s Student Financial Services Department. An RU graduate with a degree in secondary education in English and history, Olivia previously taught at Utica, Warren and Waterford Schools.
What brought you to RU?
“Since I first came to campus in 2013, I have always felt at home at Rochester. The people, beautiful campus and supportive community have always inspired me to be the best I can be and share that sense of community with others. After teaching for the last four years, I needed a change and a fresh start, and Rochester once again provided an opportunity to help create and foster the same sense of community I felt as a student for current and future students here on campus. I came to Rochester because I was excited about the idea of giving back to a community that shaped me in my own journey so much. I want future and current students to experience that same sense of empowerment and community that I felt.”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.”
What was the most memorable experience you had at school?
“Some of my most memorable times at school were with social clubs/Student Government and building relationships with faculty and students through events and long conversations about life! When we got snowed in one year, I remember sitting around a table in the lobby with a small group and talking and playing games for hours!”
What advice would you give current college students?
“My advice for students is to not be afraid to immerse yourself in this learning environment and community. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. College is often what you make of it, so learn from each other, support each other, and grow together.”