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Courtney Mathena

Graduate Assistant, Orientation
Primary office:
Strong Hall
Room 133

Courtney joined the Office of First-Year Experience in July of 2018 after arriving from Baltimore, Maryland. As a Graduate Assistant, she works alongside the First-Year Experience team with Orientation, Jayhawk Jumpstart, Hawkweek, and Common Book activities while pursuing her M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration here at KU. 
Courtney received two B.A.s from the University of Maryland, College Park in Linguistics and Spanish Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In her undergraduate career, she worked as a Research Assistant in several labs on campus as well as a Program Assistant in the Department of Resident Life. Before coming to KU, Courtney worked as an Administrative Operations Specialist in the Ellicott Community at UMD where she supervised the student employees for the community's front desks.
"My first year in college was a roller coaster of emotions and growth. I had never been away from my family for an extended period of time, and, even though I was an hour from home, living on campus was difficult to adjust to. However the support I found from the staff on campus and the spirit of my classmates made me feel more at home and deepened my passion to be involved on campus. I learned how to advocate for myself, and the relationships I built with my peers and mentors drove me to pursue a career helping other students in their transition to college."

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