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20 Questions with Welcome Centre Coordinator Alex Skees ’11

May 16, 2013        
Alex Skees '11
1. Position at Centre?
Welcome Centre Coordinator for the Admission Office.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up all over the place—born in Ohio, lived in North Carolina for eight years, and moved to Mt. Sterling, Ky., when I was a freshman in high school. If I were to describe Mt. Sterling, I’d say it’s a cute small town, similar to Danville.

3. What are your hobbies?
I’ve always loved studio art—I was an art history major, but took several studio classes. I don’t have a lot of time to devote to it now, but I recently designed two logos for my aunt’s non-profit, and I always enjoy starting a new project.

4. What is your dream vacation?
I’d love to take a year off and visit all the places I’ve ever wanted to visit around the world. But I’m content just to go to the beach for a week, too.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
That’s a tough question for an art history major … I did my thesis on fashion photography, and my favorite work that I analyzed for that was a photograph of the model Dovima—“Dovima with elephants,” 1955—by Richard Avedon. I’ve also always loved Van Gogh. But I really can’t pick a favorite from all of art history, it’s too difficult!

6. Favorite novel or poem?
I’m going to sound like a nerd, and not the least bit sophisticated or grown-up, but I grew up with the Harry Potter books—to this day, they’re some of my favorites!

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Um, quidditch? I don’t really watch sports much, but I do enjoy the occasional college basketball or football game.

8. Favorite TV show?
Favorite series ever would have to be “Friends”—I can quote just about any episode. But “Lost” is a close second—I think it’s some of the best television ever.

9. Favorite album?
It changes, but right now I’m enjoying “Overexposed” by Maroon 5 and the soundtrack from the TV show “Nashville.”

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas, hands down. My family has some of the best Christmas traditions.

11. Favorite food?
I studied abroad in Strasbourg and later lived in France for a year, so I’m pretty fond of just about any French pastry. Or bread. Or cheese. I’m not picky.

12. Most prized possession?
I guess she’d be considered a possession—my dog, Stella. She can be a little crazy, but she’s awesome.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
This is a hard question, too. Barack and Michelle Obama (I’m cheating and counting them as one unit), Isabella Stewart Gardner and Jennifer Lawrence. That group encompasses a lot of my interests—politics, art and pop culture.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Hearing visitors say how impressed they are with Centre after a visit here, and knowing that our student tour guides, lunch hosts and/or overnight hosts had an impact on their impression of the College. I don’t think they get enough recognition for what they do—shout out to Colonel Corps!

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Probably a trip to France that I took with one of my sisters when we were in high school. The trip was so much fun, and it inspired me to continue with French here at Centre, and to go back after graduation.

16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
I’d probably be in a graduate program somewhere getting a degree in Museum Education—that’s still the eventual plan, but I’m happy to be here now!

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
I’m sure everyone says this, but my semester abroad really taught me how to live independently and I feel like I grew up a lot on that trip. It was an incredible experience.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Sticking to the Harry Potter theme, I’d have to say Hermione Granger.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Art Barn was like my second home when I was a student, so I’d have to say that’s my favorite. It’s such a cool building, especially when the student artwork is up everywhere and students are working all over the building.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Learn how to manage your time, and don’t procrastinate. I was always terrible with that and constantly regretted it. There are a lot of students here who are great about time management, and I’ve always admired them. It seems to make your life so much easier!

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