Hometown: Lander, Wyoming
Position at NOLS: Registrar
NOLS Graduate: 1997 Fall Semester in Kenya
A native of Lander, Wyoming, home of NOLS International Headquarters, Katie Price needed no introduction to the school. She enrolled on the fall Semester in Kenya in 1997 and began working for NOLS in 1998. “From living in Lander and having friends who had taken courses and friends who are instructors, after my course I knew I wanted to be part of that community,” Price says.
Having previously worked as an Admissions Officer, Price talked with prospective students and their families about NOLS and answered all of their questions so they arrived prepared for their course. While Price says that most of the questions people asked her were legitimate, she occasionally got a few that make her wonder. “One time I had a prospective student ask if she could bring her dog on her semester course. She was ready to buy him a doggie-backpack so he could carry his own rations,” Price says.
“When will I get my $250 non-refundable deposit back?” is another one Price says she had to answer more than once.
Price says that it is hard to break down exactly why she believes that NOLS courses are so important because it is an experience that is “hard to explain to those who have never done it, but it is an experience that you will never forget.” She says that what she remembers from her course is the idea that every day brought another adventure.
“I was always psyched to get up the next day to see what new and exciting activities the day had to offer,” Price says.
Price says that she likes working for NOLS because “almost anywhere you go if you tell people you work for NOLS, they want to talk to you about it.” When Price is not working, she says she loves to travel, go skiing with friends (“even though I’m not good at it,” she laughs), read, and play with her cats, Baxter and Olive.