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CBS People: Martha Scott Johnson

A recent transplant from the Carolinas, this advisor is helping CBS students engage in the full college experience.
Martha Scott Johnson
What do you do here?

I am an academic advisor in CBS Student Services.

How long have you been at the U?

Only about six months, I moved to Minnesota from the Carolinas just this past summer!

Can you describe your position a bit?

I work with undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences to support them in their transition to college, articulating and achieving their goals, meeting the demands of college life, progressing toward a degree, and preparing for the challenges they may encounter in post-graduate life. 

How did you get into this field?

As an undergraduate I was actively involved as a tutor and leadership consultant for the college of business. It wasn't until I was in the working world that I realized that I had felt most engaged when I was mentoring and advising my peers. After a little research, I found out it was possible to have a full and rewarding career doing just those things. I promptly left my job to serve as an AmeriCorps member at a small women's college in South Carolina before pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

What is something interesting or unusual about your work here?

Academic advising is about so much more than helping students choose their classes. I get to witness firsthand their self self-discovery, help them develop a strategy during times of struggle, and celebrate with them in their triumphs. It is simultaneously challenging and immensely rewarding.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Long distance cycling, reading, playing the piano, singing, bowling, hanging out with my cat!


March, 2016