Jorden Mitchell, a current Resident Assistant at TAMS, is in her senior year of college. Jorden is a vibrant character and her presence has made an impact at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. “Jorden is an amazing person. She’s really nice and interactive with all the TAMS students,” stated Gladys Ogeto, a current junior. Check out ION’s featured employee of the week interview with Jorden Mitchell and find out more about the woman that students and staff, like Gladys, have come to admire.
Interview Conducted and Condensed by Kristen DeWilde
Q: How long have you been attending UNT?
A: Since the fall of 2008.
Q: What is your major and why?
A: My major is communication studies. I’m interested in broadcasting, but I’m not good at technology–which is why I’m not majoring in Radio, Television and Film.
Q: Why did you decide to become a Resident Assistant at TAMS?
A: I had a friend that used to work here. I came to the dorm with her and I enjoyed all of her interactions with the TAMS students. I thought it would be a great place to work and a great environment to be in.
Q: What do you think you have personally gained by being an RA at TAMS?
A: I’ve gained great experiences, memories and relationships with students and staff. It’s a great feeling to know I’ve motivated students here and have been a positive influence.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a kid and how has that changed today?
A: I wanted to be a police woman or a firefighter. I realized I don’t like bullets or guns and a fire suit is really hot. So now, I want to host my own television show.
Q: What was your favorite music to listen to while you were growing up?
A: I had all the love in the world for the Spice Girls, N’Sync, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Q: What has been a defining moment in your life?
A: That’s such a hard question! I would say finding my faith and understanding my belief in Christ has been my most defining moment.
Q: If I were to look in your fridge right now, what would I find?
A: Greek yogurt, Apple Juice, Baby Bell Cheese, Soy Milk, Coffee Creamer, Lean Cuisine
Q: If you had to pick one other TAMS staff member to be for a day, who would you choose and why?
A: That’s hard. I would choose Elliot or Candice. I’d choose Elliot because he has super random days that have to be amazing. I’d choose Candice because she is a hall director and I’ve always been interested in what it would be like to be in charge of resident life.
Q: What is one of the most important lessons you have learned throughout your life?
A: I’ve learned to get used to things that I don’t want to do. There’s always going to be times we don’t want to do something but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be done.
Q: Who is someone that has inspired you?
A: I can never really choose one person. My high school counselor was a big role model and taught me about being a woman and taking pride in what I do.
Q: What are your favorite television shows?
A: Jane by Design. I love Basketball Wives. I’m a reality TV show junkie. I also like Khloe and Lamar, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Criminal Minds.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at TAMS?
A: Right before orientation, some of my residents got to move in early. We decided to “decorate” a room for one of my resident’s roommate. Basically, we pranked her roommate and taped her bed frame to the wall.
Q: Do you have a celebrity crush?
A: Ryan Gosling and Chris Brown. Also, the basketball player Blake Griffin – he’s gorgeous.
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat around Denton?
A: Hmmm….that’s so hard. I really love food. I guess Fuzzy Taco’s would have to be one of my favorites.
Q: Is there anything you don’t like about working at TAMS?
A: I don’t like the fact that we all have to graduate and leave. TAMS is such a temporary job.
Photos by Alan Milligan