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Karen Kristof, admission


What do you do at Smith?

I'm senior associate director of admission.

How many years have you been at the college?

It will be eight years this August, not counting four student years way back in the ’80s.

What is your busy season?

Fall is pretty crazy but January through March are definitely the busiest -- it's all application reading all the time!


Who gets the most face time with you?

My colleagues, especially Deb Shaver, whose office is three steps from mine. She has this uncanny way of interpreting my every laugh, groan and sigh .

What are you reading now?

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta.

Who are your role models?

Mrs. Giddings, my mean eighth-grade English teacher.  She's a grammar guru and taught me everything I know! Smithies are a constant source of inspiration. I wish I were as smart, passionate and together in college. 

If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

Go for a long walk and end up at Osaka for sushi.

What is your favorite wall hanging at home?

Years ago, my sister embroidered a picture of a bear sitting with a cup of coffee who is saying, "I'm a bear until I've had my coffee." She is dead-on. That's why I drink my coffee before I come to work.

What annoys the heck out of you?

People who aren't on time. I grew up in a family where you showed up early so even a little late is irritating.

If you could live during any period in time and in any place -- when and where? 

Life has gotten better the older I've become -- 2009 or 2010 sounds
about right.

Who does the work around your abode?

Karen and her iPod.

Is there any time in your life you wish you could do over? 

I have no regrets but I could have had more fun in high school.

What did you do before you came to Smith?

I worked in admission offices at three other colleges.

What single piece of advice would you give to graduating Smithies?

Embrace all that life has to offer, even the tough stuff.

3/19/07   Compiled by Eric Sean Weld
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