Hi there! My name is Jenni Chadick, and I am so excited to be starting my fifth year at Puget Sound. My role in our department is to coordinate the training of our student and professional staff, run our recruitment and selection process, advise our residential student government (RSA), and many other “duties as assigned” as we like to say in our field. As a Pacific Northwest native, I love living in Tacoma and I can’t wait to share my love of the south sound with all our new students starting in August.
When/where/in what position did you begin your Residence Life career? While I was in Residence Life as a student at Western Washington University (go Vikings!) for two years, my professional career began right here at Puget Sound in 2009. I was an RD for three years in Todd/Phibbs, garden level. It was a great experience!
What’s your favorite thing about Tacoma? The community. It’s hard to sum it up, but Tacoma just has so many great people and things to do – I love going to one of the many farmer’s market’s we have in town, the Tacoma Running Club I’m a lapsed member of, the parks and places to hang out and catch up with family. There are just so many wonderful things about a city that is large enough to have things to do and a vibrant culture, yet small enough for free parking (mostly) and light traffic (mostly).
Where’s your favorite place to go in Tacoma? I love Ruston Way. Any time I can get a view of the water, I am in heaven!
Where’s your favorite spot on campus? Walking through President’s Woods is always a great reminder of how beautiful our campus is, and how well our facilities team takes care of the grounds. I was here through the construction of commencement walk, and it has made a huge impact on campus – I feel like I’m getting smarter just by walking through campus! I must say though, when the new Commencement Hall is complete, south campus will be a tough place to beat.
What is your spirit animal? A cat. I have two – Éowyn and Gimli – and they are pretty much the best. Just like them, my perfect day includes napping in the sun and eating good food.
Where’s your hometown? Gig Harbor, WA. It’s about 15 minutes from campus – my mom still lives there. If you get a chance, you should check it out! The downtown area is very cute, and there are some fantastic views of the sound and Mt. Rainier on a clear day.
What type of relationship do you have with the residents in your area? I no longer live on campus, but I hope my residents and staff view me as fair, honest, and hard-working. I know how to hold students accountable when it needs to happen, and my hope is that students understand why we have our policies and procedures and if they don’t represent us well know how to challenge that respectfully. I’m also known to ask around for the best bands to be listening to, and for being a sort of grown-up hipster.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Creative investigative sponge.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hang out in my brand new backyard! I’ve taken up gardening and hammock laying most weekends. That could be due to the great weather we’ve been having.
What’s your favorite station/meal in the SUB? I am a sucker for the burrito. I’ve had two in one day before – one for lunch and one for dinner. Don’t judge.
What’s your favorite Diversions/Opp drink? I’ll never turn down a tall soy latte.
If you could do anything over again in college, join any different society, take any new class–would you? What would you do? I would have had the courage to declare as an graphic design major. I have always loved multimedia art, and in high school was very talented. As a first-generation college student, I (and my parents) were worried about what kind of career I would have without a “practical” major (graphic design being an art major). Of course I then double majored in psychology and sociology, and could do what I do now despite what my major was! The best advice I ever received was from the director of the honors program at WWU who told me “College is where you learn to learn. Grad school is for specialization.” It was too late for me to change my major, but I share that advice with students. Follow your passion, and take care of a few practical necessitates here and there. I can’t tell you how many successful, happy, and well-adjusted 30-somethings I know who are doing things not at all related to their college major. It’s about the energy you put in to learn about yourself and the world, and discovering what will sustain you for the long haul. Fortunately, if you’re reading this you’re probably a Puget Sound student and that is exactly what a liberal arts education is all about!