Ajayi Lawrence

CLICK HERE: "Meet the Seniors," Amherst Magazine Spring 2008


Ajayi in Amherst Magizine


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I took broad course work in humanities, sciences

and mathematics; each professor held me to high expectations.

To receive my degree, I managed the financial and medical affairs

of my family while in college 3,000 miles away. At 24 years old, I have worked for two educational non-profits,

a government agency (NASA), and worked as a recruiter for Amherst College (while enrolled).

I received a B.A. in Black Studies,

with a focus on the history of education. My academic interest

lead me to self directed studies of the first black graduates of

the 1820s (US), including Edward Jones, Amherst 1826. 

'07 graduation party



Class of 2008



Undergraduate Recruitment Intern

Amherst College Office of Admissions            Oct 2004 - May 2008 

Recruited prospective students (conducted tours, hosted students overnight, web 2.0 marketing)

Advised prospective students on how to best search for competitive colleges of any kind

Planned & implemented eight open house weekends with Associate and Senior Deans

Drafted documents for prospective students

Managed website updates and introduced new features to website 

Amherst Office Assistant & Receptionist           

Handled customer-service calls from recent applicants and their parents

Greeted visitors at front desk and trained in using admissions database


College Advisor,

Foundation for a College Education            Summer 2006 

Created searchable archive of student internship opportunities using Excel

Planned College Advising and Financial Aid workshops with parents of rising seniors


Summer Research Assistant 

 NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA                    

Cassini-Huygens Mission- Planetary Science Internship             Summer  2005

Analyzed ring-physics data from Saturn space probe using Unix & Mac OS X

Hubble & ISO Space Telescope, Internship            Summer 2004

Processed data using Linux and remote long-in & Searched satellite database for evidence of iron

Human Factors-Psychophysiology, Research Internship            Summer 2002 & 2003

Maintained lab database & statistical analysis using advanced Excel tools


Post-Baccalaureate Volunteer Work

College Advisor, Foundation for a College Education             Sept 2008- Sept 2009

Helped high school juniors & facilitated three-day college guidance retreat for seniors

Redesigned webpage for Web 2.0 fundraising -multiple development and retention presentations


Volunteer Recruiter/ Coordinator, Division 34 Kiwanis Int.            Feb  2009 – June2009

Recruited 102 volunteers in eight weeks for invitational track meet

Coordinated volunteer assignments, for set-up, security, event staff and tear-down



Recruiting and social networking recruitment (web 2.0)
Public speaking,
Project management,
Critical thinking and writing,
Web design, Adobe Dreamweaver
Data entry and statistical visualization;
Microsoft Office