Background and areas of interest
I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. I earned a Bachelor's in Art History at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon (my hometown!) and a Master's in Higher Education at the University of Michigan. I've worked previously as an advisor for Mechanical Engineering students at the University of Michigan. I love working with students, especially those navigating challenges during their college experience. I also enjoy working with peer advisors and peer advising programs.
What brought you to the University of Oregon?
Between my graduate program and my work as an advisor at the University of Michigan, I spent five wonderful years in Ann Arbor, Michigan before I decided I couldn't handle another midwest winter. I decided to move closer to my family in the Salem and Portland area and ended up at the University of Oregon in the Office of Academic Advising, where I've had the privilege of working with amazing students and colleagues.
How did you get involved in academic advising?
It wasn’t until graduate school that I realized academic advising was a profession. I had been working with larger groups of students in leadership programs and wanted to learn more about academic advising so I applied for an internship in an advising office and loved it! I've been working in the field, in some capacity, ever since.