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Bethany Mellum

Where is your hometown?
New Braunfels, TX

What was your major(s)/degree(s) and where did you go to school? 
Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management and a minor in Marketing from the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in higher education? 
If you would have asked me five years ago if I would be working in higher education, I probably would have said no.  It wasn’t until a colleague of mine at my previous job said I should apply for the Advisor I position at Texas State University.  She said if I’m always going to talk about the fun I had in college, then I might as well do it for a living.  She knew I was very active in college, serving on committees and leading organizations on campus.  When she mentioned the Advisor I position, I didn’t understand what she meant because I came from a small school where we didn’t have academic advisors.  After researching the role academic advisors play in a student’s educational career, I thought it was the perfect match for me and has been for the past 4 ½ years.

What is your favorite part of working for Texas State University? 
Besides the campus being beautiful, I really enjoy the people I work with in my office/department and around campus.  I’m also appreciative of the opportunities Texas State provides for their employees to continue their education or participate in professional development workshops. 

What “words of wisdom” would you like to share with students?
“If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough” – Go after the degree you really want, the one that you have passion, excitement and energy for, don’t settle for a degree that’s easier or more common, because in the long run, you will be wishing you had gone after your dreams in the first place!

Tell us a random fact about yourself:
I have an identical twin sister and didn’t officially start talking until I was three years old.  Instead of using the English language, we had our very own twin language!