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Speaking truth and making a big difference

DAY 4 of #18DaysOfGratitude – Valerie Van Selous – HiTOPS Donor Relations Manager

“I was double major in economics & sociology. This guy in my class at graduation time was so excited to get a job at Frito-Lay, and I remember thinking, my god, I couldn’t imagine working for a big company like that… it just wouldn’t feel right, but I needed money.

So I started looking for work and ended up in an interview at Macy’s. One of their questions was, “why do you want to work here?”. I couldn’t lie. I just couldn’t think of an answer… so I continued looking for work and ended up at Princeton University.

It was really good. I liked being a part of education, I liked doing research, and I liked raising money and traveling places. I was happy with the university for many years, but eventually, I felt something was missing. Did I want to work playing a small part in something huge, or go someplace smaller, like here at HiTOPS, where everybody makes a big difference?

Is it a job? Yes, it’s still a job. But it’s a meaningful job, and I am proud to say what I do.

$500 pays for an entire month of LBGT support groups,
some kids come from as far as an hour away to attend.

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