Karen Velasquez Lovett


Karen Velasquez Lovett

College Essay Specialist, Copy Editor

B.A. Fordham University
Ph.D., M.Phil, Ed.M., M.A. Columbia University

Introduce yourself:

I am a Queens, New York City native, currently living in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up I was surrounded by diverse languages and cultures which inspired me to study cultural anthropology and sociology and eventually get my Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University. I have taught university courses in social sciences, research methods, education, organizational theory, and Latin American peoples and cultures. I am currently the Director of Experiential Learning at the University of Dayton and recently published 3 edited volumes about experiential learning and vocation. I enjoy academic research and mentoring students who have different skills, talents, and interests. I feel like I am always learning something new by collaborating with others. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, spending time outdoors with my family and our dog Willie, skating, cooking, having conversations over coffee, and discovering new and interesting places like museums and parks.


Fun Facts:

  • I love doing karaoke and singing! I use to perform in musicals and sing the national anthem at my high school football games.
  • I was born in the most linguistically diverse place in the world (Queens, NYC) and learned to speak Spanish at home.
  • I traveled to Hawaii, South Korea, and Japan by myself after I graduated with my Ph.D. It was a truly amazing experience!


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What are your gifts, talents, and skills, and how might you use them to make a positive impact?

What do you spend too much time doing? Daydreaming (although I love thinking about future possibilities in life)

If you knew then what you know now….. I would believe in myself 100% in times when I doubted myself/my abilities.

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