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Kourtney Istre

Kourtney Istre

Kourtney Istre
Kourtney Istre
Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruiting
kistre@mcneese.edu

Kourtney
Where are you from?
I grew up in Lake Charles, La., and attended St. Louis Catholic High School. My parents instilled in me and my two sisters that a good work ethic and a quality education would get us far in life. Their words and our hard work paid off. All three of us received bachelor's and master's degrees and now have great careers.
 
What are some of your favorite things about Lake Charles?
Lake Charles has a rich Louisiana culture that includes great music, delicious food, Mardi Gras and several area festivals. It has all of the amenities of a large city, but still has a small hometown feel. I also like the fact that if you want to get that big city feel, you can jump on Interstate I-10 and hit either Houston or New Orleans in a couple of hours. All of these things wrapped up in one city and you add in a quality education right here at McNeese State University….you can't beat it!
 
How long have you been working in higher education?
I have been working in higher education since 2004. I started my employment with McNeese as an Admissions Counselor and am now Assistant Director of Admissions. I enjoy working in the higher education environment because I feel that I am always learning new things, meeting people from different walks of life and helping students reach their goals. I enjoy meeting and talking with prospective students and their parents. I take pleasure in sharing information with them about McNeese whether in a college fair setting, on the phone, through email or on a campus tour.
 
Where did you go to college? What did you study and why?
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations in May 2003 and then my master's degree in instructional technology in July 2009 both from McNeese State University. I chose public relations as my major because the degree incorporated several skills involving organizing, planning, public speaking, writing, developing advertisement in media (digital, TV, radio) and dealing with people on a day-to-day basis. It seemed like a good fit and a learning environment that would never go dull.
 
What is your favorite McNeese tradition?
I love attending McNeese athletic events and participating with the swaying and clapping to Joli Blon, McNeese's official school song. You have to come experience it yourself!
 
What advice would you give prospective students as they prepare to attend McNeese?
I tell students to make sure they find a good balance between their academic life and their social life. Remember college is supposed to be fun, but the goal is to complete your degree. Go to class!

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