Windward Profile: Aaron Marquette, College Counseling Coordinator
By Allison Blythe ’17
There’s a new College Counseling Coordinator on campus, and the first one ever for
Windward. Aaron Marquette joined the college counseling team this year in a brandnew
position. And that, he says, is one of his favorite parts of the job.
“Because it is new, I am going to have a big influence on shaping what the position will
be,” Aaron said.
“What I am excited about is creating new services for students,” he said. “I hope
students will also take an initiative and see this position as something that is theirs and
that they can help shape, whatever their needs or wants are.”
Why Windward? “I really like working with students so it is a fantastic fit,” Aaron said,
citing the “great energy” on Windward’s campus. The position of College Counseling
Coordinator was designed to streamline the college application process and provide a
place for students to ask a wide range of college questions. It’s a big job, and Aaron’s
ready for the challenge.
A Minnesota native, Aaron has been in Southern California for quite a while and feels
right at home. “I am so Southern California now!” he said excitedly, adding that he
doesn’t want to move. “I love the Southern California culture. In California you see a
lot of really out-there individuals, and I love eccentricity. I love people who are very
much themselves and you see so much of that here.” From a young age in Minnesota,
Aaron “always wanted something bigger.” That sentiment, luckily, found him in San
Diego for a graduate program in sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
Southern California appeals to the sociologist in Aaron, as does college counseling.
“One of the things sociologists are really good at is seeing the big picture,” Aaron said.
Sounds like the perfect background for a college counseling coordinator.
Aaron shared three tips for Seniors to make the most of this year even in the throes of
“Relax. It is your Senior year. You are right on the cusp of gaining so much
independence, and you should really enjoy this time in high school,” Aaron said. “I
would have advised myself to just be with friends and enjoy the moment.”
“Do a lot of soul searching or self-reflections. Now is the time where you are going to
make very important decisions, so really find out what your interests are make sure
that the activities you pursue, the thoughts you have about your career, your college,
where you want to live should all be a reflection of who you feel you are deep down.”
And for his final piece of advice to the Class of 2017, Aaron says: “Don’t be afraid to
Members of the Windward community can find Aaron in his office, Room 107B, or
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.