Meet the staff1.

Sasha Kirik

Nickname:The Horse Whisperer

Hometown: Fairfield, CT

Educational background

B.A. in Foreign Languages & Literatures: Three Languages: Spanish, Russian and Arabic University of Delaware

M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, University of Delaware           

Responsibilities &
recruitment territory

Recruitment territory: I recruit in the western part of CT, specifically Fairfield, Litchfield, Hartford and Tolland counties. I also recruit in Northern NJ – Union, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Morris, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties.

How did I get my nickname?

I have been an avid horseback rider since I was 6. Before college, I spent almost every weekend away at a Hunter/Jumper horse show, and I still ride my horse, Kismet, any chance I get. When I started my undergrad at UD, I immediately joined the equestrian team, and was a competitive member on that team. Since I started working in the UD Admissions Office, I have always been the only person who knows details about the equestrian program. So, if you’re a horse lover and interested in our program, come talk to me!

An interesting fact about the University that I discovered recently.

Every time the UD Fightin’ Blue Hens football team scores, the UD Cheerleaders ring a bell in the corner of the stadium. That bell has been on campus since 1834 and was originally used to wake students and summon them to class. After electronic bells took its place, it was put into storage until 1952, when the Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium was built. Since then, it has served as the University’s Victory Bell.

The best thing to see or do when visiting campus

Head down to the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources for some fresh ice cream. The newly opened UDairy Creamery sells ice cream made from milk, which comes from our own dairy cows. It is delicious, and mint chocolate chip is my favorite!

Words of advice for a student who is applying.

When you go to visit a college, ask lots of questions, and ask everyone: your tour guide, admissions counselors, professors you meet, students walking around….anyone! The people on campus can share many exciting experiences and stories that may strike your fancy, and peak an interest that you hadn’t thought of. You need to learn as much as you can about every aspect of a university because while academics are the backbone of college, you need to remember that you will be living there too. You won’t spend most of your day in class, you’ll spend most of your day just living your life, and so you need to make sure that you’ll enjoy your free time at that college as much as the academic experience.

The coolest Delaware experience

After I finished my very last final at the end of my senior year, I was walking up The Green to go to dinner with some friends. It was a beautiful spring evening, The Green was basically empty, and as I was walking I started to reflect on my 4 years at Delaware, how many amazing experiences I had and just in general how beautiful The Green is. As I was having this wonderful moment, I noticed 1 other student on The Green, walking towards me. When she got close, I realized that she was singing to herself the University of Delaware Alma Mater. She didn’t pause or look at me as we passed each other; she just kept walking and singing to herself. I felt like I was in a movie! It was the perfect way to make the end of my career as a student even more memorable.

Five “Firsts”

First CD: “Thriller”, by Michael Jackson
First Car: 2005 Toyota Rav 4 – I love it!
First Concert: The Goo Goo Dolls
I am a member of the First class of the University of Delaware Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, which is the First and Finest Sorority!!

Five favorite songs on my play list

“Down” by Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne
“Raise Your Glass” by Pink
“Black or White” by Michael Jackson
“Meg McLean” by The Get Down Boys (an amazing up-and-coming bluegrass band out in Los Angeles, CA)
“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money