Since I was 15, I knew I wanted to work with people. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know people and learning their story, hearing about their background, and understanding what their passions/goals are in life are that have led them to where they are today or where they want to be in the future. I started my education at the University of Minnesota, Morris with a degree in French. During my time there, I worked as an Office Assistant and Campus Ambassador for the Admissions Office and fell in love with working with students and their families to help them find the best fit for their educational aspirations. This led me to apply for jobs in the admissions field after graduation.
I was fortunate enough to obtain a position within the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Shortly after beginning there, I found a new passion for working with Transfer Students and transfer credits. I learned as much as I could through research and networking and quickly became a leader in my office in working with transfer students and transfer credits. I spent 4 years there and also obtained my Master's degree in Education during that time. During my Master's degree, I realized that I wanted to work more closely with students and follow them through their educational journey as an academic advisor.
Three years ago, I joined Alexandria Technical & Community College as their Transfer Specialist & Director of Testing Center. I was able to acquire new skills and still have a passion for helping students, especially in transferring. I liked being able to let a student know that they did well on their ACCUPLACER or to help them on the retest. I also was the PSEO advisor for home schooled and various high school students students pursuing PSEO which was rewarding. A year ago, I took a promotion and moved into Academic Affairs. I had no idea how my skills would align with Institutional Research & Effectiveness; however, it has been a really good fit! I know where my passions lie, and will continue working in higher education where I am able to help students fulfill their goals and aspirations and help the college fulfill its mission!