People of Pittsburg: Terri Blessent

by Kaity Rhea, Pittsburg High School

photo: Kaity Rhea

Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Terri Blessent is an example of this quote; she wakes up and most days looks forward to getting up and getting to work, as well as her volunteer work in the community of Pittsburg. Terri says she loves her job at Pittsburg State University in the Marketing and Communications office.

When asked if she enjoys her job, she replied, “I love it. I’ve learned so many things through this department. I love the President. Dr. Scott is amazing, he’s a wonderful person, and he’s an amazing leader.” Blessent said, “The kids here are wonderful as well. I like what I do, the people I work with, and the kids that come and go. It’s just all amazing.” Blessent also says that most days it doesn’t seem like just a job.

Around campus, Blessent is the President of University Support Staff, which means she speaks for the support staff employees, goes to Kansas Board of Regents meetings every month, and reports back to President Scott about the topics of the meetings once a month. Also, with every event that happens on Pittsburg State University’s campus, Blessent’s office is involved in some way. Blessent is also very involved in the community through the Mirza Shrine and Girl Scouts.

Once asked if there was anything that could pull her away from her job at Pittsburg State University, Blessent replied, “I don’t think there’s anything that could draw me away. The growth of the University is amazing, the kids are amazing, and I believe that you can come here and get a great education even though it’s a small university compared to others, but I think you can come here and get anything achieved that you want.”

Terri Blessent works hard at her job and she loves it. She said, “I tell my students here, don’t wish your life away. Live it to its extreme every day, because the adult world is not what you think it is–it’s a lot harder.” Blessent also said, “ Make good choices, do as good as you can, and ask for help if you need it. Don’t just make choices on a whim; better yourself.”

People of Pittsburg is a series from Emily Rountree’s Pittsburg High School Honor’s English class focusing on the stories of everyday residents of Pittsburg.