Q&A with Jill Medina ’88
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Jill Medina ’88 might be best known for her work on land in the Admissions Office and, most recently, as director of major gifts in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. However, she’s also made a name for herself in the aquatic realm as an instructor for Basic Open Water Scuba, a winter-term course. Each January, Medina leads students in a globally recognized certification program that combines in-water practice sessions with classroom training.
Get to know more about Medina in this Q&A.
Describe your role in six words.
Facilitating alumni generosity becoming student education.
Favorite place on earth?
Scuba diving in Roatan or in the Philippines. Both places have the best coral reef and marine life.
Best advice someone gave you?
Don’t speak so loudly that everyone thinks you’re yelling.
Most regrettable fashion choice?
All I have to say is that it was the ’80s, and everyone was doing it!
Without a doubt, Adam and the Ants—in the ’80s and now. (Don't tell my sons, they would be so embarrassed.)
Favorite class in college?
Oh, so many favorite Oberlin classes. Chinese 101-202 just about killed me. Not only because it was hard, but also because I realized that I'm slightly tone deaf. I got Cs for two years, but I’m most proud of those grades because they truly reflect HARD work.
Who are the most important people in your life?
I’ve raised two sons by myself, and they are two of my absolute favorite people in this world. I got married a few years ago, and my partner and his son make two more important people in my life.