Senior Academic Advisor
Office: YONG 831
Phone: (765) 494-0843
I was born in Indianapolis, IN. After bouncing around to various cities in Indiana (including Bloomington), I now call West Lafayette home.
M.L.S., Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
M.S.Ed., Educational Psychology (Counseling), Purdue University
B.A., Psychology, Purdue University
Exploratory Studies Advisor since 2006. Before that, I was First-Year Engineering Advisor, a Career Consultant at the CCO, and an Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech.
Advice for the Future Boilermaker
- Be persistent. What I usually see from freshman is a hot start, then a sudden mid-semester drop off in motivation, resulting in a lackluster finish (and grades). Each semester of college is like a marathon, not a sprint. It requires long-term and short-term goals, consistent training, and unflagging determination.
- Be open to learning . . . from everyone and everything. This is harder than it sounds - it takes real discipline and humbleness. Be curious and pro-actively engaged in your education. Talk to a lot of people to gain new perspective on old issues.
- Be realistic. Recognize and respect your strengths and your limitations. Knowing and accepting yourself allows you to be open to new opportunities that you never realized existed.
- Realize that career exploration is a life-long process: Career exploration can sometimes seem like a “hurry up and wait” proposition. Everyone wants you to pick a major - right now! :) But what you really need to make a good career decision is experiences, information, and time. Get involved on campus and explore careers early and often.
Fun FactsI cultivate a lot of interests which ebb and flow into the foreground, including film, music, fashion, education and learning, travel and culture, history, and literature. I have two cats who spend a lot of time hissing at each other and cuddling with me (often at the same time).