The most rewarding aspect of academic work is being able to guide and communicate to students the art of navigating through their academic career. I am fortunate to work with a student from the beginning of their academic journey through the end. It is wonderful to witness the culmination of a student's academic career, at graduation.
I believe, "The 'art of advising' is the ability to seamlessly synthesize and apply information about the student and the institution to individual student situations in ways that help students grow and make the most out of their college experience." (NACADA) I believe in being accessible to my students and I have a completely open door policy. I am accessible by phone, email, walk-in, or Skype. If you have an alternative method of contact you would like to engage in, I am open. I believe in assisting students to prepare them to reach their unique dreams by guiding in appropriate course work selections. I believe in community engagement and I will emphasize your participation in order to grow in your chosen field. I believe in self-promotion and idea development. I believe in fostering positive attitudes. I believe in teaching to empower students to navigate through their own unique academic journeys.
I started in 2008 at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Bay Florida, while working as a Records Specialist I had many diverse responsibilities. I worked closely with our Apprenticeship students in order to keep them on track to complete and graduate. Upon returning to my hometown, Bridgeview, Illinois I began working at Moraine Valley Community College as an Academic Advisor. At MVCC I assisted a wide variety of students with many different goals and dreams. Most recently I took on a role as the Nursing advisor at Chicago State University. During my time at CSU I began taking course work here at Governors State University and fell in love with the unique culture and environment. I am currently working on graduate work here, at GSU, in the Communication and Training Program. As of January of 2015 I have joined the professional team at Governors State University as an Academic Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences. I will be advising for the Criminal Justice and the Political Science Programs here at GSU. I am so glad to be a part of this growing academic community.
Community is incredibly important to me. Since 2006 I have volunteered with the American Cancer Society. I have participated in many Relay for Life events in varying capacities. Today, I am passionate about Girl Scouts of America. I have been a Troop Leader for the past two years and I am working hard to educate, empower, and foster committed and engaged youth to make our shared community a better place. I am looking forward to working with the Criminal Justice Club here on campus.