Q: What do you love about your work?
I love soooo many things about my work! The career and academic advisors that I work with are phenomenal people. The vast majority have earned graduate degrees and have pursued varied and interesting professional backgrounds. I’ve been lucky to work closely with some of the best advisors in the field at IU.
As for the students: it may sound corny, but it’s true: they are a source of inspiration. Every year, I get to share in their successes and help them work through their struggles. Even after almost 20 years, the Fall semester is a time of optimism for me because they’re ready to begin again. Spring is exciting too, but in a different way. It’s when the students tell us stories about all the amazing things they’re going to do as they leave IU, and all of us career and academic advisors get to cheer them on their way. If we’re lucky, they’ll report back sometimes, which really means a lot to an advisor.
Beyond the interpersonal aspects of my career, I love that I really get to innovate too. A big part of my job is about communication with students. However, any advisor must get creative for their communication to make an impact. For instance, our team at Luddy is currently developing some new digital ways to introduce new students to the school and to keep our students informed about what’s going on in Luddy. I’m fortunate that I’ve been supported whenever I want to try new things that can help me do my job better.
Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?
That’s a tough one—there are so many! My husband and I like to picnic around Showalter Fountain and the Arboretum. (Side note: I want to play the Metz Carillon someday—can anyone hook me up?) I lived in Ashton Center for four years, so I have a soft spot for those buildings. And like most people, I still enjoy a good show at IU Auditorium or the MAC. Plus, Dunn’s Woods is so pretty in the fall.
Not to make other IU employees jealous, but my office in Luddy Hall has two big windows and new carpet. That’s the definition of a sweet spot on campus!
Q: If someone were deciding whether to move to Bloomington and work at IU, what would you tell them?
I’ve lived in Bloomington on and off for 30 years, and I still find so much to discover about this town. And IU is one of the most (if not THE most) beautiful campuses in the world, with great students, staff, and faculty. My career has been spent trying to meet IU’s missions to educate students and improve our world. What’s a better goal than that?