Meet Our Team: Carol Le
Carol Le is an Enrollment Counselor here at UNE Online, helping students build their strongest application. In particular, she’s an expert at advising students on their goal statements, and her favorite part of the job is emailing students to congratulate them once they’ve been accepted.
She’s also a restaurant aficionado and is working on trying every restaurant Portland has to offer…which will be an impressive feat once she completes it!
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’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day.
What do you do at UNE Online?
I’m an Enrollment Counselor for our Graduate Programs in Public Health. I help guide our students through the application process and work with them to submit their best application. I’m there for them throughout the process to let them know if their goal statements need work, or if they need to add a reference… things of that nature. And I’m also responsible for sending the congratulations email once a student has been accepted, which is my FAVORITE part!
Where are you from?
I was born in Louisiana but grew up in Portland. I went to elementary through high school right on Stevens Avenue, and now I work here on Stevens Avenue! I’ve probably spent more than half my life on this one street. I also live right off of Stevens Ave so it’s a very convenient commute for me.
What’s your favorite dessert?
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but if I see crème brulee or pannacotta on the menu, I will always order it.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I’m definitely a morning person. The first thing I do in the morning is sneak in a quick meditation before I get ready for the day, to get my zen on. I’ve been doing it for about six months now and it’s been great. I use an app called Insight Timer and sometimes I use it to help me fall asleep as well.
What’s the best professional advice you’ve received?
Don’t allow yourself to get complacent. This sentiment reminds me of water in the sense that you don’t drink stagnant water, you drink running water. I always want to be in a position where I’m learning, moving, and growing to advance.
What’s on your desk?
I have a collection of little trinkets from all of my previous jobs and friends there. It reminds me of my past and the people that I’ve encountered. I have rubber ducks, dinosaurs, and a few pandas here and there.
What’s your favorite part about what you do here?
I get to read students’ goal statements when I help them complete their applications. Reading their stories about their past and the source of their motivation is very gratifying and inspiring. Then, when students are accepted into the program, my favorite part is sending them the CONGRATULATIONS email.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pork… I love pork. I like Miyake on Fore Street because the chef/owner has a farm and only uses his own pigs in his restaurant, so I’ve grown spoiled eating his pork. He usually only has small items of pork on his menu, so it’s such a treat when they are featured.
What’s your favorite emoji?
The panda emoji!
What’s your motto?
Not every day will be a good day, but there is always some good in every day. If you pay attention, there will always be a reason to smile.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Maine?
I grew up in Maine so it’s always been my home. Maine has everything you could possibly need; four seasons, close to nature, and a small town feeling with all the glitter that a big city offers. Did you know that we have the second most restaurants per capita in the country? I’m determined to try all the restaurants in Portland that I can. I’ve checked quite a few off the list, but with so many more opening… it doesn’t seem like the list will ever end!
Do you have a secret talent?
Growing up with 5 brothers and being the only girl, I taught myself how to use chopsticks with my left hand in order to make sure I don’t have to pause while eating. That way I can make sure, I get all the stuff I like on my plate first. I can barely use my left hand for anything else.
What’s your ideal Sunday?
My ideal Sunday would consist of brunch and naps, and maybe sneaking in a hike if the weather is nice.
Stay tuned for more of our team profiles! And in the meantime, click here to learn more about our Graduate Programs in Public Health or fill out an online application now at go.une.edu/apply. We look forward to hearing from you!