Get to Know You – Rachel the Registrar
How long have you been at Nightingale and what do you do here?
I’ve been with Nightingale College for 9 months now. I’m the College Registrar and I love my job. I provide transcript evaluations for learners who have attended different schools and are wanting to bring in those credits to transfer here. The Registrar’s Office manages all the academic records for our learners; therefore, we must ensure that we are always in compliance with our accreditors. Registrar’s Office continuously follows up with learners to ensure that we receive all required paperwork needed for their academic files. We manage attendance keeping; therefore, we check attendance weekly to ensure that our learners are attending their courses and if they’re not, we must take the steps to either withdraw them or put them on probation. I also register all learners for their courses every semester.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy the pressure that is put on me to ensure we are always in compliance and are meeting deadlines. I also enjoy the interactions that I get to have with our learners. It’s not very often, but helping our learners reach their goals even if it is just by ensuring that they get transcripts on time or their schedules put in right away brings joy to me.
Where did you go to school? What’s your degree in?
I went to school at California State University of Bakersfield, and I received my Bachelor’s degree in teaching. I wanted to teach math, but Calculus changed my mind.
What is something that is important to you?
Something that I think is important is my family. They all live in California. I strive every day to ensure that I am always talking to someone because I love my family more than anything. I have to know what they are doing at all times to know that they’re still a part of my life, even though I’m here.
If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Israel. That is my dream, to go to Israel. I just want to walk where Jesus walked and see where he was baptized and everything.
Out of confidence, competence, and compassion, which do you think best describes you?
Compassion, for sure. I think that was just a personality trait that I was born with I just have so much love for people and my heart just breaks for anyone who doesn’t have what they need. I like to think that I would do anything for anyone. I would open my house and my arms to anyone who needed it, because you never know what their story is, and where they’re coming from, and why they’re in the position they’re in, and so my heart just breaks for them.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do for fun?
Watch the Walking Dead with my husband. The Walking Dead is our favorite show right now, we’re re-watching it.
Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Tacos. I like both, but I feel like I can only handle so much sushi. Sushi is almost an acquired taste, sometimes it’s too much fish, whereas with tacos it’s just unlimited.
What is your favorite part about Nightingale?
Just the encouragement that I get professionally, developing myself. I’m starting my Master’s next year, next January, and I don’t think I would have taken that step if it hadn’t been for Nightingale just encouraging that. And always professionally developing yourself.