A Fond Farewell to Financial Aid Administrator: Andrea Siemonsma

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Andrea Siemonsma

The halls of Globe University-Sioux Falls won’t be the same as of March 4, as the campus will be experiencing the absence of Andrea Siemonsma, the spunky and fashionable financial aid administrator.

Andrea has been working with the Sioux Falls campus since its opening, so it’s going to be an adjustment to move forward without her laughter, wit and wealth of knowledge. Luckily, we squeezed in one more in-depth conversation with Andrea before she departed on her new journey:

How did you come to work at Globe University-Sioux Falls?

Before Globe University, I worked at Wells Fargo Financial, and it was time for a change after two years.  My friend, Adam, who was an admissions representative here at Globe University, knew I was looking for a new job and recommended me for the student accounts position. I was hired on Sept. 8, 2008, as a student account representative, and then, one month later, I became a financial aid administrator.

What was your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about my job was the people I worked with; the joy of working in a fun atmosphere was a benefit every day.

I also loved meeting with new students and getting to know each and every one of them–whether it was regarding financial aid or their personal life.  I enjoyed educating students on how important it is to invest in their education.

Do you have any campus memories that stand out especially?

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Andrea with Cheryl Wilson

A lot of my campus memories are with Cheryl Wilson.  One month after I started, I was promoted into the financial aid administrator role; therefore, they hired Cheryl Wilson as our new student accounts representative. We had only known each other one week, and we were already driving to Woodbury, Minn., for training–three days long. We drove together, stayed in the same hotel room together, and trained together. We’ve been doing EVERYTHING together ever since.

What’s the story on your transition?

The story on my transition is definitely bittersweet. My fiancé works and lives in Lincoln, Neb., and we’ve been doing a long-distance relationship since 2009.  We got engaged in February 2012, and ever since then, I’ve been searching for employment to eventually move down to Lincoln.  After applying and interviewing for months, persistence finally paid off, and I was offered a position at the University of Nebraska as a financial aid specialist.

Any advice for future Globe graduates?

Be persistent! Persistence is the key to success! Never give up on your dreams or goals. Never let distractions get in your way of success for yourself.  Be patient and take one day at a time.

“Only you control your future.” -Dr. Seuss

In 5 years, what would your ideal life consist of?

In five years, my life will consist of being married (as of May 24, 2013), being successful in my new career, and hopefully still living in Lincoln, Neb., because I worked so hard to get where I wanted to be. Also, I will have made lots of new friends, and, of course, I will be expanding my family.

By Megan Bott, Administrative Assistant, Globe University-Sioux Falls