Ben Gorres

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Carthage College

1. What did you study in college?  Was your plan to enter the school counseling world?

I double majors in Business Administration and Marketing with a Minor in Economics.  I did not plan to go into higher education.  I graduate from Carthage in 1997 and completely changed careers in 2008 when I came back to Carthage.  I was a manager for a national industrial linen company for 11 years before I entered into higher education.  

2. What inspires you most about your job?

I am inspired by being around so many wonderful students and just seeing the transformation that students make from the time they are seniors in high school to the time they graduate.  It gives me both inspiration and appreciation for the world of higher education and knowing I can make a difference in young people.  

3. What is the best part of what you do?

I love what I do because I am able to meet and interact with so many different people.  Working with very bright young people, professors, parents, and my co-workers makes coming to work every day enjoyable.

4. How has being a member of WACAC helped you?

WACAC is a great professional organization and a tool to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues and professional development.  In addition, the WACAC updates are great to see the organization is working to make higher education even better in the state of Wisconsin.  

6. What is one piece of advice you would give a new admissions counselor or high school counselor?

The piece of advice I would give to new admissions counselors and high school counselors is to adapt to the times and know that each year brings on new challenges.  The other piece of advice I would give is that there are opportunities for all students to pursue higher education.  

7. What's an interesting fact about you that has nothing to do with admissions counseling?

I lettered on the Carthage baseball team for 4 years and have been a volunteer and coach for a variety of baseball and softball teams at various levels over the last 20+ years.  I am currently the President of East Troy young baseball and softball, the community that I reside in.  

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