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Getting to know Amy Price

Getting to know Amy Price

8/20/2018 | University Communications
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Keep the Diet Coke flowing, make her shopping experience convenient, give her people to talk to and unlimited airplanes to crash, and Amy Price, director of Housing and Residence Life, is a happy person. But, if you’re riding in the car with her, don’t even think about turning on the radio. Let’s get to know more about this social butterfly.

Tell me about a day in the life of Amy Price at work.

I talk to people, make connections and answer emails. I’m on the phone and I’m drinking Diet Coke. I talk to parents and students and answer their questions.

What’s the most common question you get from students?

What if I don’t get along with my roommate? That’s the apprehension they have, but it usually pans out. We try to do programming and give tips on how to get along with your roommate. We have a top 10 things to never do, like borrow things without asking. It’s the little things that are the main disagreements. It’s not disagreements in philosophies. It’s “They snore” or “They borrow my things without asking” or “They don’t take the trash out every day or clean up after themselves.”

Tell me about any hobbies, passions or interesting tidbits about yourself.

I don’t have elaborate, extraordinary passions. I drink more Diet Coke than I probably should. I’m really picky about my office supplies. My children, I have three children. My oldest, Gavin, is 11 years old and I have twins Mason and Reagan, age 7. If you asked my staff they’d tell you I’m passionate about talking. I can talk at length to anyone I call it “engaging and building connections.”

What's your favorite activity to do locally and why?

Walmart grocery pick-up because it saves me time, I only buy exactly what I need, I go pick it up and it’s ready for me. If I go inside Walmart, I’m going to talk to people and then it takes longer for me to do the grocery shopping. I’m going to meet someone who’s shopping for dog food and be like “Oh yeah, I’ve used that kind of dog food.” I just can’t stop it.

I also do the Kohl’s order online and pickup. I can just go there, pick it up, try it on if I want to and return it right away.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?

My mind immediately went to the analytical. Would anything affect me the next day, like bruises or a broken bone? If I wouldn’t be hurt the next day I’d learn to fly a plane. I don’t want to take classes or anything. I’d just get in the plane, have somebody tell me what to do and when it crashes, I’d get in another plane. I’m also assuming I wouldn’t have to pay for all the planes that I crash.  

What artist or band do you always recommend when someone asks for a music recommendation?

Quiet. I’m not really a music person and when I’m driving I have to have silence so I can hear all the thoughts in my head.

How about TV Shows?

I like any show or movie that has to do with the position of president or the White House, not the news, but fictional dramas like Murder at 1600, Air Force One and Madam Secretary. The West Wing was one of my all-time favorites. It’s more for the drama, not the politics.

If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m a high maintenance traveler. If I could go anywhere, I’d go to Washington D.C. I’ve never been there and because of my interest in the White House, I’d find a way to get a White House tour. I don’t think they do those anymore, but I’d find a way.  

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Travel to the meetings. Because my office is close to the campus apartments, I have to take a golf cart or drive to the main campus. I don’t want to eliminate the meeting because I’ve got people to talk to. I want to get there faster so I have more time to talk.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film or science fiction?

Mine would be a comedy because I’m a happy, positive person. I enjoy laughing, but also like sarcasm. It would be a sarcastic comedy and it would be hilarious.

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