In her position as collections supervisor in UT’s Bursar’s Office, Christie Myers counsels students who have become overdue in their payments but still hope to continue in their education.
She says she loves working with and helping students, and it is rewarding that “no matter what the situation is that they’re in, I can help them get them to the best position that I can.
“There’s enjoyment in knowing that you’ve helped someone for their future,” Myers said. “They’re going to school to better themselves, and to be a part of that is really wonderful.”
Myers has been with the Bursar’s Office for more than eight years and in her current position for three.
When she first interviewed at UT, Myers was struck by how welcoming the staff was and how engaged she felt with the Volunteer community.
“I loved the environment. I loved coming on campus. The whole aura was really neat, and it was something I wanted to be a part of,” she said.
Outside of her work at UT, Myers attends classes at Pellissippi State Community College and spends a lot of time with her daughter, who is involved in cheerleading and other extracurricular activities.
Next year, she intends to transfer to UT to continue earning a degree in business management.
“I’m really excited about going to school at UT,” she said. “I’ll have more connection with the faculty at that point, so it’ll be interesting to go from the financial to the academic side of things.”
She often spends her lunch break enjoying the green space around the Communications Building.
“I enjoy going out to Circle Park,” she said. “On pretty days, I’ll sit on the benches out there and read or do schoolwork.”
After starting work at UT, Myers began attending football games more often and enjoys participating in the campus culture on and around game days.
“I get really pumped at the beginning of the season,” she said.
She also enjoys attending performances at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
Myers said working at UT is special because even though it is such a large place occupied by so many people, people are recognized and appreciated for their work.
“I think a lot of large companies probably lose that aspect, but I always feel like there’s a lot of payoff [at UT] if you do hard work and help those who needs to be helped,” she said.