My road in life took a while to figure out.
I grew up in a small town with parents who didn't attend college but were supportive. My mentors ended up being HS teachers.
Working in multiple departments on campus, I met professional staff members who loved what they did for work. These were professionals in student facing positions, and I loved working for them.
In HS I wanted to be an actor or a journalist. I spent a lot of time in theater/choir and taking journalism electives. I did this with the help of teachers from each concentration.
The professional staff I worked for opened up a new line or work I didn't even know existed and encouraged me to complete a masters degree in College Student Development. It was the best decision!
I eventually followed the direction from my journalism teacher and went to college for Communications, at the same place the teacher sent his own daughter for the same degree.
Grad school opened my eyes to the world of Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration. I studied theories, gained experience in campus departments and gained a better perspective of the field
While in college I was an over involved student. From church organizations to on campus jobs, from extracurricular activities to volunteering.
Grad School > Res Life/St. Activities > Alumni Relations
There is no correct path but my career lead me from small town VA to Los Angeles CA. I took a leap and have loved every minute!
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