Current Job Title:
Assistant Director, Student Center Activities
St. Catherine University
Describe your current job:
Working with one of the largest women's colleges in the country, I have the opportunity to support the 60+ student organizations on campus, manage the commuter advisor program, coordinate family & friends weekend, and plan and implement first year orientation.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The most rewarding part of the job is leadership development of my student leaders. I enjoy creating training curriculum to help them develop and grow personally and develop professional skills. Many of these students then work to welcome first-year students to campus and there is nothing better than watching students develop relationships and create community.
What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?
I began my time at WMU as a student in the College of Health and Human Services (I graduated with a minor in holistic health). Although my classes were rewarding, I felt drawn toward switching to communication after I spent a summer as an orientation student leader. Getting to welcome new students to campus was such a rewarding experience, I knew one day I could provide that experience as a professional. I spent a lot of my time as a student working for First Year Experience and after being selected as a student orientation coordinator, I knew that working for my university was not meant for my four years, it was meant for my entire career.
What advice would you offer students to help them decide on a career path?
Being open to new experiences is very important. Although I came to WMU with one plan of where my career would go, I was open to opportunities that helped me better determine my professional journey. It's all about fit. Internships are extremely important and these experiences can help you better determine your desired career path.