Where is your hometown?
What was your major(s)/degree(s) and where did you go to school?
I have a Bachelor of Journalism with a major in Magazine Journalism and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in higher education?
As a college student, my favorite job experiences weren’t in the field of journalism, but in my on-campus positions serving other students. I was a peer advisor (RA), taught freshmen seminar, worked in the Residential Life office as a marketing intern, was a Journalism Ambassador, and was a student coordinator for Mizzou’s Freshman Interest Groups program. I decided during my junior year of college that I wanted to pursue graduate school in the field of higher education administration. While I was in graduate school, I got to work with new student orientation, student government, and academic support services. Through all of my experiences working at colleges, my favorite jobs allowed me to have supportive, one-on-one interactions with students to help them succeed academically. Basically, being an academic advisor is my dream job! I love helping students through tough obstacles and watching them grow into leaders who will one day change the world in their own ways.
What is your favorite part of working for Texas State University?
I love the campus and the people I work with. I love the opportunity I have to teach US 1100 and to work with students who are extremely resilient. Texas State students work hard and don’t have many things handed to them. I love supporting those types of students!
What “words of wisdom” would you like to share with students?
Don’t wait to ask for help! There are so many people and resources on campus to support you in any obstacle you might encounter. There are a lot of ways we can help you find solutions to your problems, but you have to ask for that help! It’s also ok to not have any idea of what you “want to do with your life.” Take proactive steps to start figuring it out, but don’t be ashamed if it takes some time. Your major now does not determine the trajectory of your life! (Obviously I am not a journalist…) Use your time in college to learned “soft skills” like critical thinking, good communication skills, integrity, perseverance, teamwork, and a strong work ethic. Those skills will transfer into whatever career you end up in.
Tell us a random fact about yourself:
I am 6 feet tall and my husband is 6’6”. We have an adorable baby named Daniel who has red hair that sticks straight up in the air. He will probably be tall, too.