Hi I’m Victoria, Merrill Dorm Parent. I heard about Oliverian from a friend of mine and after looking into the school, l I fell in love immediately with the place. I’m a big believer in guiding young people to be their authentic selves and not allowing society to dictate who they should be. Oliverian is structured in a way that supports acts that belief.
I like to think I’m pretty good at working with teenagers because I get listen and connect with them before I ever try to be a mentor. I also bring a lot of energy and goofiness they can laugh at! I share my hobbies of games, cinema, art, adventure, and as a way of finding things in common.
I originally went to college for business thinking I was going to open my own community center or recreation center because that’s how I spent my youth. After two years I realized I wanted something more so I left with an Associate’s and joined AmeriCorps. I served two and half years in AmeriCorps and then later used my education award to take an expedition with NOLs.
I’ve been working with youth for 10 years. I’ve worked at boys and girls clubs, church’s, juveniles, camps, schools and more. I’ve been labeled mentor, teacher, coordinator, trip leader, presenter, and more. I enjoy learning new job skills and filling different roles for organizations that are focused on serving youth. So I look forward to learning and growing with the Oliverian school.
The thing I love most about Oliverian is the freedom it gives their students to grow and learn and my motivation to work with youth stems from my belief in the difference that one person can make in someone’s life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the mentor I had and I want to continue that legacy of making a difference in someone else’s life.