I had the pleasure of interviewing Mini Rajan, the Business Coordinator in the Sociology administrative department. Mini assists Patty and works on payroll, procurement, benefits, tuition remission, travel and the UM Foundation.
Mini is from Bhopal, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. She got a Masters degree in English Literature from Bhopal University. She came to the US in 1989 to join her mother who worked as a nurse at Howard University Hospital. After getting an additional degree in accounting from Prince George’s Community College, Mini went on to work at The Washington Post and was there for seven years.
She joined the University of Maryland in the summer of 2001. She says she had always wanted to work in an academic setting and UMD offered her just the right environment. She also hopes to get a degree in Higher Education Administration in the future. What she likes most about her job is the opportunity to work with faculty and students. For international students in particular, she has been a great source of support as she helps make sense of the enormous amounts of paper work that needs to be done.
In her free time, Mini likes to cook, travel and spend time with her family. She feels lucky to have a large extended family in the US but for the most part she loves to be with her husband and two children. Her daughter is a freshman here at UMD and wants to become an orthodontist. Her son is in the 7th grade and loves to play sports, video games and read books. She is very active in her church and teaches Sunday school bible class to 2nd grade kids. She has six kids in her class and she absolutely adores them.
Kriti is a 4th year graduate student.