Student recruiter loves working with high school students

Posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:20am

Andrew Higham has been an intern recruiter for the College of Eastern Utah about three months. “Terry Johnson came to my high school and started recruiting students. He got me to come to CEU and look at the campus, so I decided to try it,” he said.

He likes working with high school students. “It’s a lot of fun, especially when you see kids that care,” he said. Many students don’t have any ambition to go to college. Some students fear that they won’t succeed. Higham likes talking to these students because he lets them know what kind of scholarship options they have. “It changes their whole persona on college.”

He began as a CEU ambassador in 2006 and recruiting students full time at the beginning of August 2010. The internship lasts until the end of January 2011. “Then I go back to my ambassador responsibilities, then throughout next semester I’ll just have return visits,” said Higham.

He is looking forward to the possibilities of continuing his education and receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree, but there is a possibility that he will return to USU-CEU and start recruiting full-time.

Some of the questions high school students ask Higham are: where is Price? How many clubs does USU-CEU have? Is it a dry campus? He was even asked whether USU-CEU allows chicken slaughtering on campus. “I think they were mistaking CEU for another college.”

“I really like the position I am in, just working with all of the colleges. I am in a perfect position because I am looking to transfer to a university. I have the opportunity to talk to a lot of the deans and important people,” he said.

Higham is originally from Clearfield, Utah. He is 22 years old. Both of his sisters attended CEU and were also in student government. Higham felt like he had to one up them and become an ambassador.

He enjoys playing soccer and loves the outdoors. He can handle a small town but also likes being able to go to the city every once in a while. Higham served an LDS mission in Portland, Ore. He said he loved the area, and he learned a little bit of Tongan while he was there.

The thing that Higham is most proud of in life is that he was able to go to college; neither of his parents were able to finish college so it makes him feel accomplished. His ultimate goal is to receive a PhD. “My biggest regret is that I put my personal life on the backburner, but I did learn from it.”

“I really like it here. There are a lot of things that I have done. I have gone to school in Price for four semesters now. I graduate next spring. I would like to transfer to a university and find a place to continue my education. Although I would have changed my personal life, I would have liked to spend more time with my wife,” he said.

“I love my job, but if I wouldn’t have put personal life on backside there wouldn’t have been as many problems.”

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