Vicky Martinez Bellow

Vicky Bellow at the Missoula College booth during University of Montana's College FairIf you have visited Missoula College's booth at recent college fairs, you may have met Vicky Martinez Bellow, one of our Admission Guides. We sat down for a quick Q&A spotlight to get to know Vicky.

Q. What is your day-to-day work like?
I travel to different career fairs, have a lot of one-on-one appointments going over different programs with students and family, help prospective students with applications, direct students to the next steps once they have been accepted (financial aid, placement tests, etc.), and assist with file transfers between Missoula College and the University of Montana if needed.

Q. How did you get started in your field?
Before Missoula College, I taught at a community college and helped with a grant promoting engineering. The community college’s recruiter didn’t have an engineering background, so I helped the recruiter out. I found I enjoyed the experience and was excited begin as an Admissions Guide at Missoula College.

Q. What is your favorite part about being an Admissions Guide?
I really enjoy helping students. They can come in with dozens of questions or seeking information, and leave with the relief that it’s all going to be okay and we are here to support them.

Q. Tell us about a memorable moment you've had while working at Missoula College:
A grandma came in asking for information for her granddaughter a few months ago. I took some time to sit down with her and talk her through the information they needed to know. During orientation week, her granddaughter came in and gave me a hug of gratitude. She still waves hello when she walks past!

Q. What is the best advice you received when you were a student, and what advice would you give to Missoula College students?
When I started university, I never really got to meet with anyone beforehand. Missoula College allows students to get their questions answered before school even starts! The advice I heard as a student is the same advice I give to students: Develop time management skills. Managing your time will help you with balancing everything – schoolwork, personal life, your job. Also know that we are here to help every single student, no matter what his or her background is. Missoula College is proud to support both traditional and non-traditional students taking the next steps in their education.

3 Fast Facts

When did you start at Missoula College?
July 2016

Alma Mater:
McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. I was a Civil Engineering major.

Fun Fact:  
I love playing tennis. I played tennis in college, and have been playing since I was about 4 years old.

November 2016