Name: Sherryl A. Fletcher
Territory: Midwest: Illinois, Michigan and Ohio
Education: Albion College - B.A. in Education and Studio Art; The University of Michigan - M.A. in Higher Education College Administration
Years in Admissions: 25 years in college admissions, 13 years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and 12 years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University
Why did you choose to enter the profession of College Admissions?: My Masters degree in Higher Education Administration was complimented by the work I engaged in within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan. The combination of shaping university policy, daily interaction in student recruitment and selection / enrollment, and the depth of the profession of college admissions was an excellent match for my career goals 25 years ago.
What is the most enjoyable part of reading college applications? And the least enjoyable part?: Learning about the student in a comprehensive manner utilizing all of the supporting documents within the application is most enjoyable. I imagine the compressed time that we have to read many applications is the least enjoyable part of the reading process.
What is your personal approach to reading an application?: I tend to read applications in the office, when I can, while my office door is closed such that I can fully concentrate on the applicant. I also use evenings and weekends at home as a quiet time to read.
What is your favorite thing about Johns Hopkins University?: The academic and student life balance at Johns Hopkins University creates a very talented and diverse applicant pool. It is quite enjoyable to meet the students I have read so very much about when they enroll with us!
If working in College Admissions wasn't an option, what would you be doing as an occupation?: If my career were not in college admissions, I would be an architect working with colleges and universities as they implemented master planning processes.
In your personal opinion, what is the top issue facing the field of higher education currently?: Affordability for higher education is a top priority for many colleges and universities.
What is your top Johns Hopkins University memory to date?: The top memory for me at Johns Hopkins is working with some of the best university colleagues in the nation, including a top notch and mighty group of Admissions Officers!
What book, what movie, and what album should all students have read, watched, and listened to before enrolling in college?: I would suggest that every high school senior spend some time reviewing some of the best high school papers that they have written. Papers for English and History classes, which have supported their development of their own value system and ideas, would provide a foundation for who they are at present and who they hope to become during their four undergraduate years. My son, a college freshmen, did a bit of this during the summer before his freshman year and it not only provided time for reflection but time to think in advance about the many opportunities that he hoped to find in a college setting.