Meet Quin! Quin is Residence Life’s newest Area Coordinator (AC) and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team!

Her full name is Quintenilla Merriweather but she goes by Quin for short. Quin also mentioned that she has a long list of other nicknames including “Quin Den”, “Nilla Waffer”, “Q” or “The Fro”. She is a huge football fan and says her favorite team is the New York Giants; commenting “I love Eli Manning and Jason Pierre Paul.” Quin also enjoys fotbol and her favorite team is Manchester United.

Quin received her B.A. at Webster University in Broadcast Digital Journalism. Quin noted, “It was my plan to be a TV anchor or radio personality however, I decided to drink the Student Affairs Kool-Aid.” For graduate school, Quin attended University of Nebraska–Kearney and received her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in student affairs. Quin also commented “It is my hope in the next year or so to pursue my doctorate in philosophy so I can teach philosophy within the lens of pop culture.”

In her free time, Quin stated “I am a person of vast interests”. She enjoys reading and reports that “In past years I have read anywhere between 175 to 200 books in a given year.” Quin also loves watching old movies and named “On the Waterfront,” “A Rebel Without a Cause” and “Splendor in the Grass.”  She also enjoys biking and hopes to participate in her first bike marathon this year.

Quin also reported “I have a huge passion for disability awareness and love to volunteer with the Special Olympics same with the LGBTQA community.” Quin dedicates herself to be an advocate for these groups whenever it’s needed.

Quin has had three years of experience in Residence Life. One year as an Resident Assistant and two years as a Graduate Hall Director. This year will be her fourth year working in a Residence Life setting and her first year as an Area Coordinator.

Quin is modest in her talk about accomplishments. “All I can say is that I have been fortunate and grateful for all the success and accomplishments that have come my way,” Quin said. “And to name the accomplishments would be naming all the individuals that took time to accomplish it with me.” She also describes accomplishments as being in the eye of the beholder.  Two accomplishments Quin did share are, one, that she wrote an OTM that went on to win at the national level, and  that two returners from her first staff returned for a second year, and one has gone on to be a RA for a third year.

Quin expressed that “Being a part of Residence Life is a unique experience that is tailored to you. You make the experience what it ultimately is.” She also explained that time and moments are important and without those two things, actions would not mean as much.

When asked what she tries to instill on the students she works with, Quin conveyed:

“There is a quote that I have come to hold dear for its impact. It is from William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”… ‘There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.’ What I associate as its meaning is the importance of seizing opportunity at the right time. … If you try to leave port before high tide, you’re going against the flow, and working twice as hard to make progress. Once it reaches high tide, the flow is going out, assuring success with minimal effort. … The key to success, he is saying, is knowing that there is such a tide in all things, being able to recognize when they reach their peak, and seizing the opportunity that it affords. I want my staff to know that anything is possible and achievable. I want them to know that success is not at the hands of others but instilled in themselves and what they deem as possible and reachable. I simply want them to know that seizing the opportunity is what creates the moments that they will associate with this experience.”

Special thanks to Quin, and welcome to the team!