I have worked as an academic advisor for a little over ten years, the past seven at Oregon State University. My first role was advising in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and for the past year in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences where I hold a split position/personality as Experiential Learning Coordinator and Academic Advisor in the Office of Student Services.
Like many academic advisors, I have a story about how I “got into” academic advising. For many years, I pursued an academic faculty track. I earned a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, then a M.A. in Slavic Linguistics, and finally a Ph.D. in Russian and Second Language Acquisition. Along that journey I had opportunities to study abroad and teach undergraduates Russian. It was truly a challenging and rewarding journey. However, upon completing the terminal degree, I took stock and decided to shift gears.
Teaching and advising students was a highlight of my graduate and post-graduate years and I was thrilled to learn that there was an entire profession devoted to it – Academic Advising! Since that discovery, I earned a second Master’s in Academic Advising (from NACADA) and have worked in academic advising at three wonderful colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and Oregon.
What do I do when I am not working? I live in Corvallis with my spouse and son, three cats, and a bearded dragon. We love to do puzzles, go to Saturday markets, and watch TED talks together!
Four Fun Questions from OAAA:
Q: What and/or who inspires you?
A: My cat Ming inspires me. He is so calm and kind no matter what. The epitome of peace and tranquility.
Q: If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you and why?"
A: I would have knitting needles and yarn.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A: I was kind-of shy, not very into school but loved being in choir and school plays.
Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: Sleep in. Have coffee. Knit. Repeat.