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7 Things About Patrice Wakeley

What inspired you to do this kind of work?

I was inspired to become an educator because of the countless teachers and advisors who positively impacted me throughout my educational journey. These experiences, combined with my summer work at a local youth center, solidified my passion for working with and impacting the lives of young people. Seeing the students I work with learn, grow and reach the goals they set for themselves inspires me to continue this work daily.

What is your position here and how long have you worked at O’Dowd?

I served as a Counselor and CORE Program Coordinator (Academic Dean and Summer Academy: Director of Remediation as of 2019.) (at O’Dowd since 2014.)

What is the best piece of advice you ever received (generally – it doesn’t have to be related to O’Dowd)?

The best piece of advice I have received was to love the work that I do. Following my passion has led me to a career that allows me to feel energized, fulfilled and challenged.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love establishing relationships with the students I work with and seeing them grow and mature as young people over the course of their time at O’Dowd.

What about your field or position do you think would surprise people the most?

As a school counselor nothing is ever boring or stagnant. I am constantly learning and growing in my profession; there is always new information to learn, new problems and dilemmas I encounter, and new best practices for me to implement. Every day is different and every day brings a new adventure.

What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?

Something that is a huge part of my life is travel. That being said, one thing that might surprise people is that I have traveled to over 30 countries and stepped foot on every continent except Antarctica.

If you could rescue only one thing from your burning office, what would it be?

Honestly, nothing in my office is so valuable it can’t be replaced. If anything, I would grab my bag with my keys and wallet.

Bonus Question

What is your favorite sports team or who is your favorite individual athlete?

My favorite team is at the collegiate level. A graduate of the University of Miami, I bleed orange and green. Go Canes!!!

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