This week, we sat down with Eva Eberhardt, Admissions Advisor. Many prospective students interact with Eva before, during and after they apply to one of our programs.
Ashton Paulitsch (AP): How long have you worked for the Masters Programs Office and the University of Alberta?
Eva Eberhardt (EE): I’ve worked for the University of Alberta for about nine years. I’ve been with the Masters Programs Office for nearly six years and I previously worked in administration for the Faculty of Arts.
AP: What’s the best part of your job?
EE: Interacting with all of the students, especially the international students.
AP: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
EE: Rejecting students is hard especially when you know how bad they want to be part of our program.
AP: What’s a typical day like for you in the Masters Programs Office?
EE: A typical day sees me answering admissions inquiries from prospective students via email or phone. I balance these inquiries with going through our application system to check for complete applications and then contacting students when application pieces are missing, assigning applications to the committee for review and drafting admission/rejection letters.
AP: What advice would you give to prospective students?
EE: Read the website (www.mba.net) and do a bit of research on our admissions requirements before you call or email us. It shows us that you’re interested in the program. Also, be sure all of the correct documents are uploaded before you submit. If you miss something, it slows down the admissions process.
AP: How would you describe the Masters Programs Office culture?
EE: Easygoing, friendly, approachable and helpful.
AP: My final question is…what do you eat for breakfast?
EE: Oatmeal with raspberries or blueberries.
Interview conducted by Ashton Paulitsch