By TREY SCOGGINS / Staff Writer

For a few people, it is difficult to decide what one loves for a career once they get out of school, but for other people, it is clear right from the beginning.

For Karlee Tate, it was not a hesitation, Tate is the Assistant Director of Campus Life for Fraternity & Sorority Life and Student Involvement at Barton College.

“I’m from Greenville, S.C and I graduated from Presbyterian College in 2016 with a B.A. in political science. I graduated in 2020 from Clemson University with my M.E.D in Higher Education Student Affairs,” said Tate.

Tate has learned many different sets of skills that involve career services, campus activities, and other aspects dealing with the care of student’s lives on campus.

“I am glad to be in a position that I love working in and that helps people. Also being a part of student lives as they are growing and learning,” said Tate.

Most people who attend or work at Barton College all have one thing in common that they enjoy the most, which is how inviting the people of the college are.

“ I like how welcoming everyone is and how much I get to interact with students on a daily basis,” said Tate.

Each staff member brings unique qualities and skills to the table to make Barton College the best experience it can for students. Tate is an addition to the staff members who bring those special qualities.

“ I have a strong background in advising Fraternity and Sorority Life, I have that skill set from working with other schools. One thing we all have in common is that we are hard-working and passionate and the care we put in to give the best Barton experience for our students,” said Tate.

Barton College has many resources that are offered to all who attend the school from the beginning to the end of the year.

“ My goal while at Barton is to be a strong resource and source of encouragement to students. I want to help student organizations flourish and grow so that any passerby can see how great it is to be a bulldog,” said Tate.

Tate is encouraged and happy to work in a feel of education that deals with helping students be the best person they can be at and after college.

“ I believe that we can make a difference in student lives, so when one leaves they also can make a difference in other people’s lives,” said Tate.

Barton College is exactly what Tate was looking for once she graduated from Clemson University.

“ Barton College is where education matters beyond the classroom. It is a place where I can make a difference. I did not want to be another number as a staff member, and at this school, I am not. It is good to know that I am truly more than just another number somewhere.

“ It reminds me of home and it is somewhere where a family is important, not just blood-related family.”