Meet Our Team: Brendan Parsons

Brendan Parsons, Student Support SpecialistBrendan Parsons works as a Student Support specialist on our Graduate Programs in Education. Standing tall at 6’5” it’s safe to say Brendan is our tallest staff member. When Brendan isn’t helping his coworkers access items on top shelves, he’s assisting current and prospective students with everything from registration to transcript requests. Brendan’s cool, calm demeanor allows him to work well under pressure and the students he supports often praise him for being easy to talk to.

At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We like sharing a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day.

Here’s more about Brendan:

What do you do at UNE Online?
I started as a Student Support Specialist for the Science Prerequisites program. That team is unique among Student Support Specialists as they work with students during the registration process and support them while they are enrolled in their courses. Recently, I joined the Support team for the Graduate Programs in Education. The student population I support are all Master of Science in Education students.

Where are you from?
I’m originally from Boston, but I grew up about 35 miles southeast in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Duxbury was founded in the 17th century by colonists from the Mayflower. Most would say, it is still exactly what you would picture an old seaside village to look like.

What’s your favorite dessert?
I’m not really into the sweet treats enough to have a clear favorite. Dessert is usually a cocktail for me, with my first choice being The Last Word.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I always try to make my bed. I definitely buy into Marie Kondo’s virtues of tidying up. If you’re not familiar with her, I suggest reading her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

What’s on your desk?
I don’t keep much on my desk. Aside from some notes, I have a copy of Roberto Bolaño’s novel “2666,” and a critical work by Walter Benn Michaels called “The Beauty of a Social Problem.” I’m finishing my Master’s Degree in English in November and those are two of the texts I’m currently being tested on.

What’s your favorite part of what you do here?
I enjoy working with students, and I derive a lot of satisfaction from it.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
The pork buns at Pai Men Miyake. Yum!

What’s your favorite emoji?
The thinking face. 🤔

Favorite book?
At one point, it was either the John Williams novel Stoner or Dick Yates’ Revolutionary Road. Those are both depressing works of mid-20th century American realism. More recently I would say Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station is the one. It’s a very funny novel that’s concerned with the question of social performance, but more fundamentally with the question of what art is and does.

What’s your motto?
I don’t really have a motto that I can explicitly point to, but I would say that like many people I have a habit of getting ahead of myself at times, so I’m constantly reminding myself to stay in the moment and to only worry about controlling those things that I can control.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Maine?
While I love the scenic beauty that Maine has to offer my favorite part of where I live is being within walking distance to some great restaurants. The Black Birch is my absolute favorite.

Do you have a secret talent?
I’ve been asked to be the MC at a number of events throughout my life, from grade school talent shows to officiating a friend’s wedding last year. I’m not quite sure why, so that talent is a secret even to me.

What’s your ideal Sunday?
The best Sunday I had in recent memory was one spent on Ocean Beach in San Diego. It wasn’t about any specific activity, though Pizza Port makes decent pizza and good beer. It’s more that San Diego, and Ocean Beach in particular, lacks the ambition to be a beautiful or, for lack of a better term, intellectual place (this is the city that invented a type of burrito that has French fries in it, for instance) and there’s something deeply appealing about that. It feels like Sunday all the time there.

 


Stay tuned for more team profiles!

In the meantime, if you are interested in the online Graduate Programs in Education or if you would like more information, please reach out to an Enrollment Counselor at (800) 994-2804 or via email at education@une.edu. Or, if you’re ready to apply, fill out your online application at go.une.edu/apply.

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