College of Arts & Sciences
How did you gain experience when you were a student?
I became heavily involved in my national service organization. It allowed me to pursue leadership opportunities and network with members and alumni from other chapters across the country. After I graduated and worked for the organization’s headquarters full-time.
How did you become a career development professional?
I studied English and Magazine Journalism. My experiences in and after college had me interested in working with college students doing leadership development, which led me to a graduate program. While there I worked in career and academic advising roles and found both to be extremely valuable. When it was time to look for a job I focused my energy on those areas.
Who is someone who impacted your career development?
I had a faculty member who taught my lab science course who was truly inspirational. When he saw an English and Journalism student on his roster, among all these other natural science majors, he asked me, “What made you choose this class?” I said, “I was just interested.” He smiled at me and said, “You have no idea how far that will take you. Just be interested.” It’s something I’ve carried with me for years and has helped fuel my curiosity, which as in turn opened up all kinds of opportunities I never could have predicted or imagined.