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#PREPpeople: Greg Osborne
Posted 10/03/2019 02:09PM

Greg OsborneHometown: Stoughton, MA 

Education: Diploma, Pomfret School; B.A. Economics, Colby College; M.S. Sports Leadership, Northeastern; M.Ed., Bridgewater State University

Years at St. John’s: 3 years 

Role: Associate Director of Admission

Fun Fact: “I played Division III college hockey at Colby College. I was fortunate to play with a lot of great hockey players, which made playing a lot of fun. In my senior year, I was named an All-American (at left wing) along with another teammate.”

Describe a teacher who inspired you growing up: “I immediately think of my guidance counselor Rod Eaton, who was also my lacrosse coach. He was a passionate guy and loved lacrosse. I hadn’t played before and didn’t have any experience, but his enthusiasm really made me enjoy the sport. I will never forget the time we played against a school that he had never beaten as a coach. Finally, we beat them, and he went running across the field celebrating with us. He’s such an awesome guy. He was equally passionate about the college process. The college process can be overwhelming, but he made it as simple as possible. He’s someone I’ve stayed in touch with over the years. Later in life, I went back to work at the school I graduated from and got to work side-by-side with him as a colleague for two years before he retired.”

What made you want to work at a school for a living?: “I graduated from undergrad and went to work at a school before getting my master’s. I thought that I was going to go in the athletics direction, whether it was coaching or as a program director at a facility, but I kept coming back to education. I was a special education teacher in a public school for four years, but I missed admission work. I’ve been working in admissions ever since! The coolest thing about working in admission is seeing a student I worked with during the admission process dive right into school life. That’s really rewarding. Especially when they sign up to be hosts for prospective students shadowing at the school; they want to pay it forward for the next prospective student.”

What experience outside of St. John’s informs your work with students at the Prep?: “Coaching. Coaching is a really fun profession, but it’s challenging. You have to know your players. What motivates one student-athlete doesn’t necessarily motivate another. So, as a coach, you have to adjust because what you’re there to do is help them grow as a person. I think that helps me working with prospective families. Each student and family is a little bit different. I have to always ask myself, ‘What do they want to know about St. John’s? What are they passionate about?’ so I can best show them the world of opportunities at St. John’s that meets their needs.”

What do you love the most about working with young people every day?: “In my work with admissions, I love touring families around campus and watching their reactions when they see what’s happening in the classrooms. Oftentimes, they’re in awe. I LOVE our Shadow Day program because I see current students—who were once in the shoes of our prospective families—get involved as hosts and get excited to show the school to new families. It always comes full circle.”

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