Kaitlin Barker of Mount Airy has been working as a Student Success Advisor at Surry Community College since fall 2019.
attended the Surry Early College High School from 2010 to 2015, and
graduated with a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts from UNC Chapel Hill with majors in
English Literature and American Studies.
While at Chapel Hill,
Barker worked as a Communications Assistant in the Dean's Office. After
graduating from UNC, she was employed part-time as an Administrative
Assistant in SCC’s Student Services from April 2017 to October 2019.
came back to Surry because I remembered the impact of the teachers,
mentors, and advisors I had during my time here. Bradley Arrington, Jon
Thomas, and Sarah Wright are some of the people who influenced and
encouraged my love of literature and words. They inspired me to follow
my instincts and get a degree in what I enjoyed, even if it didn't seem
like the most practical choice to me,” Barker said. “I had amazing
advisors who did more than just tell me what classes to take; they were
supportive and encouraging, and I knew I could turn to them for issues I
was having beyond the classroom as well. Thus, I came back to Surry
because I wanted to be a part of that atmosphere again, to give back to
the institution that shaped me, and to be that person for other
Barker looks back at her time as an SCC student with fondness.
favorite memory at Surry is when I had an evening British Literature
class with Mr. Thomas. It was about three hours long, and only met once a
week, but we had some great discussions in that course, and I
discovered some of my favorite novels.”
Attending Surry Community College just makes sense, according to Barker.
recommend Surry to future students because, on a practical note, it's
just reasonable. The switch from a high school to a college setting is
abrupt and jarring for many students, and Surry gives you a place to
adjust and adapt. It is an affordable way to figure out your interests
and motivations, and to explore before deciding definitively on a major
or career path. We have something for everyone – whether you're
transferring eventually, interested in some of our technical programs,
or want to go the continuing education route to do something like Basic
Law Enforcement Training (BLET) or an Emergency Medical Training (EMT)
certification. But beyond the practical aspects, when you come to Surry,
you get a team of people who are all working to help you succeed. No,
literally, you're assigned a Success Team of Advisors, and we will be
there for you throughout the ride.”
Barker’s advice to students is to select a field that brings them joy.
want to tell every student that ‘it’s okay’ to not know what you're
doing, or interested in. I felt so much pressure at that stage in my
life, to decide on a major, decide on a career, decide on a pathway to
achieve both of those things. But, I learned along the way that it's ok
to take time to figure it out, to be confused, and to follow what you're
passionate about, even if it seems unrealistic in terms of a career. Do
what you enjoy, and the right job will come. I majored in English
Literature, and somehow, I found my way to advising; it will all work
Kaitlin Barker can be reached at (336) 386-3273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Fun Facts about Kaitlin Barker –
I look up to my Mom the most; she has always modeled kindness, unconditional love, and not taking life too seriously for me.
Top Three Favorite Books:
1. A Clockwork Orange
2. Lord of the Flies
Top Three Favorite Movies/TV Shows:
1. The Handmaid's Tale
3. The Great British Bake Off
Top Three Favorite Phone Apps:
Top Three Favorite Foods/Meals:
2. My Great Grandma's salmon patties and creamed potatoes
3. Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
The beach, any beach. Somewhere near an ocean.
Christmas, because I love the lights and decorations, and surprising my family with gifts.
Pop and Kpop; Taylor Swift, Halsey, BTS
went to New York City in high school, and it was amazing! I considered
moving there after college and applied to Penguin Random House
publishing – I didn't get a call.
student/thing/task at a time." This statement has really helped keep me
feeling sane through a crazy time. Thank you, Craig!
A Chihuahua named Sugar, and a Shih Tzu named Otis. Otis is 2.5, Sugar is 1.5, and they get along...most of the time.
Something That Not Many People Know About Me:
I'm actually very introverted!
Swimming, reading, knitting/crocheting, and painting (for the latter, not that well)
Favorite Sports Team:
Obviously, the Carolina Tar Heels!
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Choosing a college is an important decision, and we’re pleased that you’re interested in Surry Community College.