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Kara Smith

Kara Smith

Kara Smith
Kara Smith
Director of Admissions and Recruiting


Where are you from?
I am from Somerville, Texas, a town of about 1,100 near Brenham, Texas -- home of Blue Bell Ice Cream.
How long have you been working in higher education?
I have worked in higher education for nine years.  Working with faculty, staff and students is a great way to spend each day.
What is your favorite area on campus?
Okay, I am very biased on this question. My favorite place on campus is the H.C. Drew Enrollment Information Center - home of the Admissions and Recruiting Office. I love our office because we are in a great location and everyone who enters feels welcome.  Everyone in the office works to create an open environment where prospective students and current students know this is a great place to stop for help.
What do you like most about working with/recruiting students?
I enjoy helping students get started at McNeese and watch them achieve their goals. I find it rewarding that students will have the opportunity pursue a career that makes them happy because we helped them find their path.
What is your favorite McNeese tradition? 
The McNeese ring and the official ring ceremony. This ring is a symbol of hard work and shows a student's pride in the university. Students with their McNeese ring are always smiling because on a daily basis they are reminded of their accomplishment.
What advice would you give prospective students as they prepare to attend McNeese?
I would advise those wanting to attend as first-time freshmen to complete the core four curriculum and take their ACT test early and often during their high school career.  I would advise those wanting to attend as transfer students to take college-level math and English courses and keep their grades up. For graduate students, solid grades are a given and they should take their GRE or GMAT (depending on program) after their junior year and before their senior year of college. I also encourage all prospective students to visit campus for a weekday tour or for one of our weekend preview days.

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