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By Millie Sharp

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Millie Sharp, who finds advice, encouragement and humor with her coworker.

My sophomore year of college, I realized that becoming a student worker would give me experience for my résumé, a deeper connection to campus and some extra funds. I didn’t know at the time that being a student receptionist would introduce me to someone whose character and approach to life would continue to inspire me years later.

When I first met Cindy Jones ’07, MBA ’09, it was clear she was the expert on student registration and Drury life in general. After getting to know her, I also appreciated her infectious laughter and jokes. Her way of telling stories often made me snort-laugh, much to the amusement of the rest of the office. When I had a question or needed advice, I could count on Cindy for a listening ear and encouraging words, often with an extra helping of humor.

In the six years since then, some things have changed. My role on campus now includes proud alumna, graduate student and staff member. But some things haven’t changed all that much. I still learn from Cindy on a daily basis as I work with her in the registrar’s office and an occasional snort may still happen when I laugh.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Cindy as not only a coworker, but as a mentor, friend, sounding board and personal cheerleader. When I felt uncertain or overwhelmed, Cindy gave me kind words of encouragement. The best lesson she has taught me so far is to trust my intuition but not be afraid to make a mistake.

The enthusiasm and depth of knowledge that Cindy brings to campus bright and early each day is incredible. Even on days when things seem to be falling apart, she thinks clearly and critically and steers her staff in the right direction. Her kindness, confidence and can-do attitude are obvious to anyone with whom she interacts. With a true passion for helping students, staff and faculty, Cindy is part of what makes the Drury community such a wonderful place to be.