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January 2019 - Honors College
National Alumni Society Member

NAS Member Online

Name: Emily Collinsworth Stanley

Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): 
BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures – Spanish, minor in Digital Media Studies (2015)
MA in Applied Sociology (2017)

Current town: Whitman, MA

Current employer and job: Lasell College (Newton, MA), Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

What is your favorite UAB memory? I have many great memories at UAB, but my first and fondest would have to be from the Honor College FYE course that I took my first semester. From the beginning of course, I bonded with my fellow classmates and solidified friendships that will last a lifetime. Plus, the professors (Rosie O’Beirne and Dr. David Basilico) were truly great!

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB opened many doors for me that I never knew existed. Because of UAB, I have traveled to four countries, learned new talents such as teaching various fitness classes and editing films, furthered my love for music by joining the concert choir, met my husband and almost all of my best friends, and found a love for pursuing a career in higher education. The network you gain just from being a Blazer is immense.

What made you choose your current profession? My sophomore year at UAB I was selected to be a TrailBlazer, the group of students that lead tours of campus and represent UAB at various events. I had the BEST time in this job, and once I learned you could talk about college and help students navigate their search process for a living, I was sold. I applied for a job in the UAB Undergraduate Admissions office when I graduated with my BA, and the rest is history.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? Learning how to flex to your teammates’ personalities and the demands of your career while recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses will always create a more positive work environment. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to pursue what you want, or to propose new ideas. Your network truly is your net worth when it comes to your professional life. (Props to my old boss, Tyler Peterson, for reinforcing that saying.)

If you were given the opportunity to spend 48 hours with absolutely anyone (living or dead), who would you spend it with and what would you do? One of my favorite living people is Alton Brown, commonly known as the television personality from Food Network. I love his show “Good Eats” and really admire how he teaches cooking by explaining the science of it. If I spent 48 hours with him, I would make sure every single second of that time was spent cooking and enjoying food!

What song (if any) are you listening to? "Delilah" by Aeris Roves

If you could have a new talent, what would you want? I would love to be able to play the fiddle, and I mean REALLY play the fiddle. It would be so cool to play every single note of that solo in “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Describe your favorite pair of shoes you own now: I’ve been collecting cold weather shoes due to our recent move to the Northeast. My new favorite pair of shoes are cranberry red, high-heeled, Timberland snow boots!

I really wish _____ hadn’t been invented. Plastics that cannot be recycled - I’m really tired of the trash problem on our planet.

Describe your day in a six word sentence: Every little moment is an opportunity.

What do you love most about what you get to do every day? As a student, anytime I was asked what I wanted to do, all I ever said was “I want to help people.” I get to do just that every day of my life, and I love that about my career.

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My engagement ring has a green sapphire as the center stone! I love it because it reminds me of how my husband and I met and fell in love at UAB every time I see it.

Student Alumni Society Member

SAS Member Online

Name: Abby Thompson        

Graduation Year: 2020

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Trussville, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? I love the diversity at UAB and the atmosphere of the campus. It was important to me to have an urban/city environment alongside diversity of thought, people, and experiences, all of which I’ve found at UAB. I’m very close with my family and wanted to be near home, so UAB was (and is) the perfect choice.

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)? Dr. Johnny Scott is the best professor I’ve had at UAB so far. The discussion topics and conversations we had in class are the most relevant, engaging, and impactful I’ve ever had in my life, aside from my collegiate career. He’s a wonderful professor and human being!

What is your favorite UAB memory? I reminisce on all the nights I stayed up way too late with my friends in the New Freshman Residence Hall 7th floor community room; it’s where I made my first friends at UAB!

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has given me countless opportunities that have all allowed me to learn and grow into the person. They have allowed me to realize my potential, exceed in my studies, and achieve my goals and aspirations. The resources available to every student are truly life changing and the people you encounter everyday are just amazing. I’m so thankful for UAB!

If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do? I’d ask them to tell me about their life. I’d want to know their favorite books, places to go, and their favorite people in their life and why.

What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by)? “I had a fever / Until I met you / Now you make me cool / But sometimes I still do / Something embarrassing” – song “Me & My Dog” by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus from their collaboration album boygenius

The store I frequent the most is _____. Target

Describe your day in a six word sentence. Reading transports you to new places.

What word do you overuse most? “Literally”

The best kind of cake is _____. Chocolate

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? A notebook

Who are the people who make your life better? My family, friends, loved ones, & everyone in-between.

What is the best advice you ever received? “You only have a limited amount of minutes, so choose how you spend, and who you spend them on, wisely.” –My dad