Current Job Title:
Western Michigan University
Describe your current job:
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?
I chose my undergrad degree (Broadcast & Cable Productions) with no clear direction, and it wasn't something I was really passionate about. However, I became very involved on campus as an undergrad. I was a Bronco Days Ambassador and Co-coordinator, Orientation Student Leader, RA, worked at WIDR, and did Alternative Spring Break and study abroad. I loved those experiences, but it never occurred to me that I could make a career out of it. Several years after becoming Fall Welcome program manager, I realized my passion was working with college students and developing them into leaders. I realized that my career home was in higher ed, thus I started the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. The co-curricular experiences I had as an undergrad played an important role in getting me to where I am today.
What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?
Get to know yourself - who are you at your natural core? What are your natural skills and talents? What are your beliefs, and what gets you excited? Engage in the process of self-discovery and find careers that align with those values, abilities, and passions.