Catherine Gumpman '10, Assistant Director of Admissions
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Sweet Briar College, 2010 (B.A. Business Management)
- Virginia (Central)
Also works with: The Over-Night Hostessing Program for prospective students
ABOUT ME: My worst addiction: Lilly Pulitzer anything!
Favorite Division I sports team: Duke – especially men’s basketball!
Dream vacation: Italy
First concert: Jimmy Buffett, at age 6
Can’t live without: My iPhone and chapstick (Eos!)
Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
Nicknames: Catie, Cate, Gump, Kit
Favorite T.V. Shows: Friends, The Glee Project, Modern Family
Me, Briefly: I was lucky enough to begin my job in Admissions one month after graduating (June of 2010) and have been here ever since. I always knew that I wanted to recruit for Sweet Briar and have been blessed with the opportunity to do so. I was a business major at Sweet Briar and a varsity swimmer. Jason, the head coach here, still allows me to volunteer my time as an assistant coach – it feels great to give back to a program that shaped my college career so much. I very much enjoyed the business program here, especially its focus on entrepreneurship. As someone who dreams of one day being a small business owner, the information was valuable and applicable, and I use my degree each and every day. As a Lynchburg native, I love the traveling part of my job and getting to see all kinds of places I’ve never had the opportunity to see. Although I love my entire territory, some of my favorites have been New Orleans, Little Rock, Mobile, and Indianapolis. I am easily the most compulsive person in our Admissions office (although our Dean gives me a run for my money) and like things very tidy. I do my best to be flexible, but the other counselors always enjoy giving me a hard time for my preferences.
Why I Love Sweet Briar: Where do begin? I love everything about this place. The professors are helpful (they even let me call them during their summer and two years after I graduated to help me with homework for grad school), the athletic opportunities are priceless, the campus is breath taking, and the community is supportive. The people who became a part of my life while I was a student here have shaped me into the woman I am today and I’m so thankful for their guidance.
Advice to Students: Visit campus! Stay the night! You can’t truly get a feel for what Sweet Briar is all about until you spend some quality time on campus, interacting with faculty and students, and imagining yourself here. There are so many things about Sweet Briar that set it apart from any other college around, but until you’re here for yourself, it’s hard to articulate. Sitting in our library, walking across the Dell, taking in the view of the mountains – it’s something you have to experience to really appreciate and value.