Title: L&S College Adviser
Neighborhood: Arts and Humanities
Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
2007 (through 2012), and then came back in 2020.
B.A. in Journalism and Political Science; M.S. in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Both degrees are from my beloved alma mater, Indiana University.
How did you get here?
When I was an undergrad, I was an R.A. in the residence halls, which was essentially like doing an internship in the student affairs field. But I didn't recognize it as a career path because I was a journalism and political science major--wasn't my career supposed to be related to those majors? Being an R.A. was just a fun job, I thought. I was a first-gen student from a low-income background and was just so relieved that I had made it through college, that I didn't seek out any career planning resources along the way. After graduation, I worked and traveled, and did some self-reflection. I had the epiphany that people talk about, and realized that what I wanted to do was help college students find their way. I did some research, applied to grad school, and have been working in the field since then.
What is your approach to advising?
Listen to students. (Sometimes it's hard because I love to talk! I get really excited when I meet new students.) Appreciate and respect their experiences.
What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Recognize the self-learning you have to do for your classes, and for career exploration.
Academic advice: seek out classes that will set your mind on fire.
Career advice: if you have no idea what kind of job you want, ask yourself: Is there a product or service you really like? (Me: Diet Coke, thrift stores.) Explore all the possible career opportunities associated with those products or services. (Stolen from Sue Harbour, Associate Director of UC Berkeley's Career Center)
Most unusual job you ever had?
I was a Resident Director for Semester at Sea, a "floating university" on a ship that visited ten different countries around the world.
First of all, I can't wait to meet you! I grew up in Evansville, Indiana and still miss the drama of four traditional seasons. (There's a reason they've inspired art and poetry forever.) I was raised by a single mom, and I have four older brothers. I love: art, self-expression, Cher, The Devil Wears Prada, Joan Didion, Nikki Minaj, a liberal arts education, M.I.A., See's Candy, listening to other people's stories. I have a daily outfit blog on tumblr I started in 2011 (whatjanewore.tumblr.com), where I document my sometimes-flamboyant wardrobe choices.