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Campus Celebrity Colena Roberts (’09)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at MBU chapter.

Name: Colena Roberts

Class: Undergrad ‘09 Masters ‘14

Undergrad Major: Anthropology/Sociology

Masters: Education with an emphasis in Higher Education

Her Campus (HC): What is your role with Mary Baldwin?

Colena Roberts (CR): I am a Resident Advisor for PEG and ECA, an Assistant Volleyball Coach,  and an intern with the  Sports Information Director.

HC: What are your plans after you leave Mary Baldwin?

CR: When I leave, I am looking to be a Sports Information Director at a DIII college.

HC: Is that what you’ve always wanted to do?

CR: No. When I was little, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer or an archaeologist. I did archaeology for three years after I graduated, then I realized that I was happier coaching, so I thought that I wanted to coach volleyball. It turns out that I don’t want to do that; I want to work in administration at the college level. It’s been kind of a long drawn out process to figure out what I want to do.

HC: What do you like about coaching volleyball at the College?

CR: I like coaching here because I played here and I know the struggles that we go though as a DIII all women’s college to get players on campus. I really enjoyed what the campus had to offer when I was playing. I try to speak that up when I’m out recruiting, so that more people will take at least a second look at us instead of just writing us off due to the fact that we’re an all women’s college.

HC: How do you go about recruiting?

CR: Usually we go off campus to a few tournaments and showcases to get names. Then, it’s calling, emailing, texting, and inviting people to campus to show Mary Baldwin off.

HC: How did you become a Resident Advisor?

CR: My co-RAs, probably. They want to work in education, and I want to work in education as well, but in a different direction. I was looking for a way that I could work in our Athletic Department while supporting myself and remaining a part of the community. Being a Resident Advisor happened to be what I could do.

HC: What’s been your favorite part about working for Mary Baldwin?

CR: I would have to say getting to know the students. Both in the dorm and with volleyball, it’s fun to get to know everyone and help them on their way. I think I can help people get through things that they’re going through because I’ve been through a lot of the same things. 

Rachel Heacock is a second-year at the University of Virginia. She is an Applied Statistics major with a concentration in Actuarial Finance with interest in an English minor. When she isn't watching baseball, she's in class, studying, or reading up on FanGraphs and MLB Trade Rumors. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Rachel loves attending Washington Nationals games or relaxing at her southern lake house with her Lab-German Shepherd mixed puppy.