I am an academic advisor in CBS Student Services.
Only about six months, I moved to Minnesota from the Carolinas just this past summer!
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.
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.
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.
Long distance cycling, reading, playing the piano, singing, bowling, hanging out with my cat!