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Sophie Warrick Recognized for Leadership


Sophie Warrick’s work for the New Student Programs (NSP) office earned her a professional leadership award from the regional chapter of the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. The group calls itself NODA.

The Regional Student Leadership Award recognizes students for their creativity, energy, enthusiasm and outstanding abilities.

Warrick began working with the orientation program at Hamline in the Spring of 2018 as a first-year student.

“Throughout the next year, she excelled in everything it means to be an orientation leader and peer mentor in our program,” said Assistant Director of New Student Programs Rebecca (Becky) Kaarbo.

Warrick continued to serve new Hamline students into the fall as a New Student Mentor and advanced to the role of Student Coordinator within the Office of New Student Programs, which she continues to hold today.

In addition to her work with students, Warrick has improved the visibility of NSP through her successful management of the office’s Instagram account.

“Sophie has single-handedly been responsible for a 157% increase in social media engagement, a 200% increase in Instagram followers, and a 153% increase in likes,” said Kaarbo.

Warrick has also contributed to the field of student affairs. Last spring, as a first-time NODA Region Five conference attendee, she submitted and was accepted to present her research on “Intent vs. Impact,” a topic that was important to her.

“It was not an expectation from me that she present at the conference,” said Kaarbo. “She knew she wanted to get everything she could get out of NODA while also lending her voice to the growth and development of her peers.”

Warrick’s leadership on and off-campus is exemplary and outstanding according to Kaarbo.

“She meets and exceeds the qualifications for this recognition,” said Kaarbo. “I hope she continues to lend her energy and enthusiasm to the student affairs work in higher education.”

Written by staff