Brooke Harrington – Program Assistant – Office of Student Resources & Engagement
- How long have you been at Oregon State?
Four years. I came from a lot of different places. I worked at Eastern Oregon University in Salem, and before that, I was a stay-at-home mom for eight years. I’ve moved and lived in a lot of different places, but I grew up in Dallas, and three of my uncles attended Oregon State, so I was happy to end up here. One of my uncles even has a bridge and plaque inside Reser Stadium because of a donation he made.
- What is your favorite part about your job?
I love interacting with our students. We see all kinds of undergraduate and graduate students come through and we get to help them in a variety of ways: finding a job or internship, scholarships, or matching them up in the Mentored Employment Program. In everything we do, we’re seeking to better connect them to the college or potential future employers to help enhance their experience. I love the feeling of contributing to students’ education in some way, as well as to the overall mission of the college.
- What does your life look like outside of work?
I have a crazy, blended family with a total of six kids. We have a full house. It’s crazy with lots of people, with lots of personality, going in lots of different directions. We also have a dog and two cats. When I’m not working, I try to get outside a little bit. We took up kayaking this summer. I also like to garden, read, listen to music and take my dog on walks.
- Did you have a good summer?
I had a pretty calm summer. I did a lot of small staycations at home with the kids. We didn’t really travel too far out of the area, but that’s OK because I love it here in Oregon.
- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An ice skater or a fighter pilot.
- If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with all the extra time?
I would fit in more walks or workouts.
- What’s your favorite thing to watch on TV?
Sports. We are big fans of the Beavers and the Trail Bazers.
- Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Tacos every day! Or some type of Mexican food. That’s my absolute favorite.