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Alumni Corner: Coming Full Circle with Kailey Gillis (BA/20)

Alumni Corner: Coming Full Circle with Kailey Gillis (BA/20)

Alumna Kailey Gillis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in April 2020. Now, she has returned to Booth UC ready to take on a new role – Admissions Counselor. We are excited to welcome her back to campus and asked her a few questions about her time at Booth UC, and her future working in the Advancement office.

Why did you choose to study at Booth UC?

I chose to study at Booth UC because it combined my passion for learning with the faith that I had grown up in. Booth UC was recommended to me because my Divisional Youth Secretary knew I had a heart for others. After attending Booth Bound and seeing Booth UC’s desire to provide Education for a Better World, and instill the values of Hope, Social Justice and Mercy to the greater community, I was excited to enroll. Essentially, Booth UC provided the education I was looking for but went above and beyond in the desire to be a transforming influence in our communities.

When you think about your time as a student at Booth UC, what are some of the highlights that come to mind?

Without a doubt, my highlight every year was Booth Bound. Because it was so influential in my decision to as enroll as a student, I really loved the opportunity to share with other Salvationists about why Booth UC is special. Not to mention the weekends are always really fun. Having the opportunity to work as a Student Ambassador gave me the privilege of being part of the planning committee, which made the weekend even more exciting. Seeing a project as big as Booth Bound worked on from beginning to end is really exciting, and I love that I was able to help the event happen. Being part of the Booth UC community in residence, in student employment, and through my classes was always a highlight as well. Really, being on campus can be a lot of fun, and there are so many great people in all areas. I made some really great friends, and it was so great to be a part of the community.

How has your Booth UC education impacted your life?

My education at Booth UC has allowed me to see the world through a different lens. It has grown my heart for social justice, and allowed me to think critically about world issues. Having graduated during a time of a global pandemic and racial equality movement, it really has become clear to me about how my thinking has changed in terms of recognizing injustice, and what my role is in working towards Hope, Social Justice, and Mercy. Booth UC not only focused on my education in the classroom, but it equipped, prepared, and let me practice being part of the greater community. This has allowed me to grow to see past what is directly in front of me, and see how I can take part in making a “Better World.”

What do you value most about Booth University College?

Without a doubt, it is the education I received from Booth UC. I am still blown away my how the community aided in my learning. I knew the people I was in class with, and I knew my professors. Being able to meet with my professors outside of class, and them be ready and willing to help me dive deeper or answer questions is so significant. They also cared about me as a whole person and not just as a student. This commitment to teaching and the passion that my professors had about learning was contagious and I am just so grateful for the opportunity to connect and learn from them. This speaks to the close-knit community that Booth UC has, and I believe that is something that is really special.

What are you looking forward to about being an Admissions Counsellor?

Really, I’m excited about sharing my experience. Being back in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Counsellor gives me the opportunity to tell others about my experience as a student, and encourage others to consider it for themselves. I look forward to sharing some of my stories and personal experiences with potential students, and being part of the team that helps Booth UC move forward into our changing world!