In-Focus features a staff member as a way to learn more about our amazing staff. This time, we highlight National Admissions Assistant Erin Fitzgerald.
We asked Erin a few questions about her role, her CIP experience, and what she does when she’s not at the Center.
What’s your most memorable CIP experience at CIP?
My most memorable experience at CIP was at Berkshire’s Convocation pre-pandemic. The students recorded video messages to their parents, thanking them for sending them to CIP, and stating how CIP has helped them. I always remember how emotional and inspiring that video was, and how it proved that CIP is changing lives for many of these students.
What have you most learned in your time at CIP?
There is a saying that if you have met one student with Autism, you have met one student with Autism. During my time with CIP, I have found this to be especially true. Through speaking with parents and reading files, I am constantly learning about students and families and the successes and challenges that they face. I have strived to become an active listener, develop a relationship with families, and help them determine if CIP is the next best step. Sometimes this process can take a bit of detective work, and that is what makes it so interesting!
How has CIP helped you grow in your career?
CIP has helped me grow my skills in problem solving and working as a team. My colleagues in the Admissions department are all so knowledgeable in different areas, and they are always willing to listen and offer advice. As a team, we have been able to tackle some tricky families and situations. I hope to take the amazing communication skills and constant openness to lend a hand that this team has shown to whatever the next move in my career is.
What’s your favorite part about working at CIP?
Most of my time at CIP is spent reading files and speaking to parents, so I always enjoy any time I can spend with the students themselves. My favorite time of the year is when the Summer program is running, because I have been able to participate in amazing activities such as ziplining, Six Flags, and the Boston Aquarium with the students. Every year, I witness them make great strides in their social connections and step outside of their comfort zone and it really solidifies the fact that CIP and our staff are doing great things!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit 8 countries and 18 states. I try to visit a new state every year, and my dream trip is Alaska!
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