Abbey Earich

Abbey Earich

National Programs Manager, Community Engagement


College Summit

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I went to college and studied Business because I didn't know what I wanted to do.
Then I decided to join the Peace Corps because I knew I wanted to help people.
Then I started working at a museum as a volunteer coordinator.
Then I moved to Washington, DC and found a job with College Summit.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Fort Collins High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
University of Colorado Boulder
graduate
Graduate
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Regis University
Career

Career

National Programs Manager, Community Engagement

I manage the organization's national strategy for community engagement in support of our programs.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others
Working with Others

Day to Day

A great day at work is one in which I see our planning and preparation in action at an event for College Summit students. One of the best events we host are our summer Workshops where rising high school students work with volunteers to begin the process of getting into college. Students participate in fun activities where the volunteers guide them through the steps of not only applying for college, but also becoming leaders within their communities.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills are a must - both in the ability to talk to diverse groups of people, but also in the ability to write well in order to communicate a need and a story. Experience in volunteerism, program management, and the educational nonprofit sector is also needed.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start planning for college!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
graduate
Graduate
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You shouldn't work in the nonprofit industry, you'll never make any money."

Ultimately, you have to find a balance between a career that will allow you to make a living in what you consider a comfortable lifestyle, and a career that makes you happy and satisfied. That balance is different for everyone. Follow your own beliefs and dreams and don't let others discourage you from what makes you happy.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I had to transfer colleges after my freshman year because of financial difficulties. I worked hard to catch up on classes by taking summer school and worked part time throughout my time in college.