I began my career in higher education somewhat by accident when a friend encouraged me to apply for an academic advising assistantship. I didn't know advising even existed as a career option but I felt I had found my calling. The responsibility to engage students, to listen to their goals and their dreams, to motivate and empower them through their intrinsic abilities and interests is incredibly rewarding. Although advising is teaching, coaching, and mentoring it is, above all, relational. Students respond to genuine, caring and thoughtful consideration. I constantly approach my duties with a sense of enthusiasm and a real sense of purpose.
In higher education, we are fond of saying that we provide transformational experiences for our students, and we do, but students motivate and inspire as much as being inspired and motivated. I thoroughly subscribe to the philosophy that good advising is a key ingredient in students’ adjustment to college and to their academic success
"Thank you so much for all the guidance you've provided during my years at the University of Illinois. I truly appreciate your help and I couldn't have asked for a better advisor! Thanks for helping shape my incredible experience there."
“ I wanted to let you know that you were an excellent advisor. I was very motivated after speaking with you, and you played a large role in helping me to decide what direction to take my education and therefore career. I ended up at Medical School. It was nice to have some guidance from someone who seemed genuinely interested in making sure I would end up in the area that was right for me. I write because I remember this particular advising meeting to be especially motivating, and different than the many others I had. I just wanted to let you know the little extra that you did, in just talking about making these sorts of decisions did not go unnoticed. Thank you."
"The university is very fortunate to have your dedicated, compassionate and thoughtful commitment to students."
"Thank you for your helping through my college life! My family and I really appreciate that!!!"
" You have been very good example of making a big school feel small and comfortable."