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The Life of ME (Maria Engels)

As one of the new admission counselors at Juniata College, I’d like to share a quick story about my first encounter with the quaint, friendly town of Huntingdon. I grew up in a suburban area (Rochester, NY) spent my college years in the second largest city in New England (Worcester, MA) and decided that now was the perfect time to explore a smaller location. I am familiar with a city life where honking your car horn conveys annoyance, poor use of signals, or reckless driving. So when I heard a car honk at me, and then a few blocks later honk again, I was worried that I must be doing something wrong. Yet after glancing in my rear view mirror, I realized the lady behind me was honking and waving out of her window to friends she knew on the street and to other passing cars! So, I cast my vote for the state license plate of PA to go retro–kickin’ it back to 1983. Why? In my opinion, that slogan still holds true today: “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania”. That aside, let me fill you in about M.E. (Maria Engels)

Undergraduate degree? Check.

Undergraduate degree? Check.

I just graduated in May from Clark University with my B.A. in Psychology (minor in economics). It’s crazy to think that four years flew by and now I’m out in the ‘real world’. I loved my undergrad experience within the Admissions Office and eventually figured out that it was what I wanted to pursue upon graduation. The ability to help other students navigate an important decision is very rewarding. So here I am, happy and excited to begin this new chapter at Juniata College!

in order, from left; top right; bottom left: babies in the same orphanage where I was placed in Bangladesh; so excited to pose with my favorite animal; early morning street in Bangladesh.

in order, from left; top right; bottom left: babies in the same orphanage where I was placed in Bangladesh; so excited to pose with my favorite animal; early morning street in Bangladesh.

Travel and cultural awareness has been a huge factor in my life, beginning with my adoption from Bangladesh as a baby. I’ve been extremely fortunate for the ability to travel back to Bangladesh on four different occasions. Other travel include seven countries and twenty-nine different states (driving through without stopping for more than a lunch break/only being in an airport doesn’t count in my book!!). I can only hope for this list to continue!

left; center; right: pumpkin-pie cheesecake with a dark-chocolate glaze; a fruit tart and brownies; layered punchbowl cake.

left; center; right: pumpkin-pie cheesecake with a dark-chocolate glaze; a fruit tart and brownies; layered punchbowl cake.

Until this blog, I’ve kept my secret under wraps from the rest of the team at the enrollment center. But since I’m sharing, I might as well blow my cover: I love to cook. Although the pictures featured are homemade desserts made by möi, I can confidently say I can whip up some bomb chicken parm, a healthy salad, stir-fry and many more dishes. Maybe I’ll share some of my recipes with dining services! :)
my friend Danny and I finishing our first half-marathon, the Great Race with my friends in NY, wakeboarding in NH, Celtics game at TD Garden in Boston.

my friend Danny and I finishing our first half-marathon, the Great Race with my friends in NY, wakeboarding in NH, Celtics game at TD Garden in Boston.

I never considered myself as someone who enjoys to workout. But after looking through my pictures, it’s clear that being physically active is an important part of who I am. Last summer my friends and I competed in The Great Race in Auburn, NY. Adam and Tiffany canoed, Leo biked, and I ran. And I’ve been running ever since! In October I completed my first half-marathon with my friend, Danny.My goal is to do a triathlon (swim, bike, run) sometime next summer.  I’m also a huge sports fan–basketball, hockey, and football are my top favorites.
Well, that’s a little about ME. I can’t wait to share updates about my region and this overall experience of my first year at Juniata College. In the meantime feel free to send me an email, engelsm@juniata.edu, I’m happy to assist with any questions you might have.
Cheers,
Maria
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