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Adventures in Recruiting I: Introducing Our Hero

 Written by    May 8, 2014

Greetings to all of my adoring fans!


Ok…Greetings Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

I guess I should probably start with an introduction, my name is Rob Reed and I’m…an Ohio State recruiter. Well my official title is Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment which is a fancy way of saying I’m a recruiter (I also supervise some of the staff that recruits for Ohio State).

I started at The Ohio State University in 1999 as a student and I have been working in Undergraduate Admissions as a professional staff member for about ten years now.

Just so we’re not strangers here is my picture:


I can explain that picture really! That’s 2002 Rob at the Nightmare at Studio 35 (Columbus’ oldest independent theater and just 10 minutes away from campus!) horror movie marathon getting my picture with Bruce Campbell.  2002 Rob had big hair.


Less Hair; More Beard

There we go, that’s a more recent picture.  With Keith in the background.  Hi Keith!

If you want to know what I do, think of me as a more masculine Tina Fey from the movie Admission.


If you haven’t seen the movie then just think of me as a more masculine Tina Fey.

And if you haven’t seen the movie I would recommend it. Admission is a pretty good movie.  And to give you an idea of what I do, here is the IMDB description:

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

I think my co-workers would agree that sums up my life perfectly.

Ok, in all seriousness my job involves me working with prospective students and their families to get the students interested in Ohio State.  This is done through high school visits, college fairs, phone calls, emails, campus visits, and much more.  In addition I counsel students on the admissions process, both freshman and transfer.  And depending on the time of year I spend quite a bit of time explaining admission decisions (hint, no one calls to ask why they got in to Ohio State).  All in all I can say I love my job.

Oh! That’s something that’s important to know about me; I love college admissions, I love talking about college admissions, and that’s the reason I’m here on Buckeyes Blog. I want to write about what my staff and I are doing throughout the admissions cycle.

And I don’t just want to say this is what we’re doing, but share the stories that go along with them! Such as this great exchange at a college fair:

Me: “Hi!”
Student: “Hi! I was wondering if you had any study abroad programs?”
Me: “We absolutely do! What country would you be interested in studying in?”
Student (very awkwardly): “I THINK THE U.S. IS THE BEST!”
Me: “…”

I don’t even think I kept a smile on my face. I’m fairly certain my face contorted into this look of confusion. The student is the one that asked me about study abroad! I wasn’t asking a trick question!

Anyways my promise to you is that my posts will always be entertaining (to me and probably my mom). I promise to be honest. And I promise to do my best to give you insight into the other side of Undergraduate Admissions.

Thanks for reading my first post and if there are ever any topics you would be interested in me writing on just let me know!

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2 Responses

  1. Lauren says:

    This was hilarious, man.

  2. daniel white says:

    Rob, I think you are much more like Paul Rudd. Also, did that student who wanted to study abroad get in? And finally, how does your job compare to the “gatekeeper” from Ghostbusters? Thanks.

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