The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Maya Edelstein

Class year: 2012
Major: History
Company/organization: Kartini Clinic
Job title: Intake Coordinator
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I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Saturday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

I graduated from Reed in the fall of 2011 with a B.A. in History. As a student, I studied twentieth-century legislative discrimination, worked for the Annual Fund as a phonathon caller and student assistant, volunteered for Reedies for Reedies, intered for Senator Jeff Merkley and the Center for American Progress. When I graduated, I decided to remain in Portland. After a mercifully brief job search, I landed a position as an office assistant at Kartini Clinic, a family-based treatment center for children and young adults with eating disorders. Since then, I have changed roles twice, first to medical assistant, and then to intake coordinator in May of 2013. The CEO of Kartini Clinic, Morgan O'Toole, and the clinic's founder and chief medical officer, Dr. Julie O'Toole, are both Reedies, and they have been very supportive of me.

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

Enjoy your time at Reed. Accumulate a variety of experiences, and remember that it is possible to move forward without having everything figured out.

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

I am able to talk about healthcare and heath administration. I welcome conversations with students who are undecided about their careers, and I am happy to discuss parlaying undergraduate experiences into post-B.A. employment. Plus, I love editing! Send me your resumes, and your history theses.

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

I am an active member of Alumni Fundraising for Reed's Young Alumni Working Group. I would love to talk to everyone about fundraising and staying engaged with the college. I have spent a lot of time exploring Portland and the Pacific Northwest since I graduated, and I am learning to play the banjo.