MEDIA, Pa. — Alumni play an essential part in the Penn State Brandywine community, and some even find their way back to the campus as employees. Four Brandywine alumni shared their journeys from student to staff and how their jobs are contributing to the campus culture.
Jeremy Branch: Admissions
When Jeremy Branch was first applying to colleges, being a Penn State student wasn’t even on his radar. Now the assistant director of enrollment management, Branch is one of the first people prospective students meet, and he’s the reason why many students choose to attend Penn State Brandywine.
“My favorite part of my job is the students. Students and parents,” said Branch. “No one can say anything negative to me about the current generation of students. I read their applications, I meet them — they’re amazing. The things they’re doing and the conversations they’re having at this age were things I was never thinking about.”
Branch, who started as a student in fall 2002, was originally a business major.
“I was grasping at things just to tell people I had a major, but I figured out really quickly ‘That’s not it,’” he said. “And so I met with my adviser, Barb Daniel, and she asked me ‘What do you like to do?’ She was probably the only person in my life who asked me that.”
More conversations with his adviser and a few favorite faculty members eventually led Branch to major in communications. After graduating in spring 2006, he worked briefly in the pharmaceutical industry and then for Enterprise. But it wasn’t long before Branch found his way back to Brandywine.
“I was going to start my first day at Enterprise and then I got a call from this campus,” Branch said. “I started here in January 2007 as an admissions counselor and haven’t looked back.”
Now, Branch is paying it forward by helping guide prospective students and their families through the college admission process.
“Holding their hand, so that collectively they can make the best decision for them — and helping them arrive at and be settled on that decision and enter the next phase of their life. That’s what gets me up,” he said. “You get to make a real impact in the lives of others by doing this work.”
Branch was recently elected to serve as president of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling and will represent Penn State at the national level by meeting with legislators in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., to discuss college advocacy and access.
Bobbi Caprice: Athletics