My story began where many of you are now. As a 17 year old high school senior, I surrounded myself with college admissions materials and eagerly read everything I could find about the campuses that I hoped would open their doors to me. Being the first in my immediate family to attend a four-year university meant enormous pressure. When I opened my admissions letter (yes, before online notification there were actual letters in the mail) from the University of CA, Santa Barbara, and read the opening sentence-“We are pleased to inform you of your acceptance”-I was overwhelmed with excitement and emotion.
I received my B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara, and from there ventured across the country to the University of Vermont, where I graduated with a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. While in Vermont, I held an assistantship with New Student Orientation and pursued my passion for working with new college students.
My career path since graduate school has included:
- Working at the University of California Office of the President
- Coordinating New Student Orientation as the Assistant Director at the University of Vermont;
- Directing the Orientation Programs department at UC Santa Barbara;
- Serving as an admissions application reader;
- Becoming a facilitator for strengths-based advising sessions; I have assisted over 125 student leaders and professionals in identifying their strengths and applying this knowledge to their educational and professional goals.
I have worked with over 25,000 students and parents throughout my career. I am a member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), and the work that I do keeps me on the forefront of student challenges and strategies.