Meet Shane Baker
The Congreve Hall Director
Parks and Recreation Management from Western Carolina University
College Student Development with an emphasis in College Outdoor Program Administration from Appalachian State University
Why did you become a Hall Director?
I became a hall director because I love working with college students. University is a time of learning and growth and it comes with many opportunities and challenges. My joy comes from helping students navigate those challenges. Most students encounter something of a quarter-life crisis while they are in school and supporting them while they find their way is what brings meaning to the hall director position. Hall directors have the potential to create lasting experiences for students that they will hold onto throughout their college careers and into the next chapters of their lives. The prospect of adding deeper meaning to a student’s college experience is exciting and fulfilling!
Why do you choose UNH?
I chose UNH because I knew the Residential Life program was strong and that they were very student focused. I agree with the mission and vision of the Residential Life department and the dedication to developing students into well-rounded people who not only do well academically but are also active community members. I also love the New England area, which I find to be filled with good people and a wonderful mix of scenery with the ocean close at hand and the White Mountains not far.
Advice for first-year students...
My advice to students is to work hard and play hard. Learn from every experience and take time to reflect on what you have learned. Enjoy the people you meet and do your best to branch out and experience new places and cultures. Surround yourself with people who are encouraging, positive and push you to be a better person. Academics are important but know that there is a great deal of learning that can occur outside of the classroom. Most importantly, remember to call your folks.
For more information, email Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-862-4541.