Academic Success Coordinator
Education: I am currently enrolled in the Counseling and Student Personnel Professional School Counseling program; I have my BA in Psychology from UW-Eau Claire.
What I like about being an ASC: My favorite part of being the Academic Success Coordinator is the variety! I get to work independently, coordinate with my supervisor, collaborate with community advisors, and work in a group setting within the Academic Success Committee. Additionally, I help lead and support community advisors in building academic programs, I plan and execute residential wide events, and I have smaller tasks like creating passive programming posters and exerts to be included in the res life newsletter. No two days are alike, and new ideas are constantly getting tossed out and explored, so I really enjoy the constant change and progress I experience within this position.
Student Connections: I have had the opportunity to connect with many students as the Academic Success Coordinator. I connect with students indirectly by serving as a resource to community advisors, who are the front line for academic programming and fielding academic questions. I interact directly with students when I attend programs that community advisors are putting on or when I am running larger scale events like the campus tours or stomp to success.
Favorite ASC Memory/Experience: My favorite experience working as the Academic Success Coordinator was planning and participating in Stomp to Success, an event that promoted the free tutoring services on campus. I designed and hung promotional posters, I rented the Stomper costume, set up a photo booth, and got to meet and interact with so many students over the course of the day. Additionally, we (myself and the community advisor in the Stomper uniform) were connecting students with a resource that could significantly and positively impact their educational experience. Overall, it was a really awesome memory.
Professional Development: I believe this position has really helped me grow in so many ways! I gained a lot of event and program planning and promoting experience. I became more comfortable and confident in reaching out to, and sharing information with, full-time professional staff and undergraduate community advisors. I learned how to more effectively balance my time, stay organized, and prioritize responsibilities. Overall, the variety of responsibilities, tasks, and opportunities that this position entails really allows me to grow and develop a broad range of skills and abilities.
Position Balance and Academics: Balancing this graduate assistantship with my Master's Program has been relatively easy because Residential Life as a department makes our education a priority. For instance, my supervisor usually checks in with me to see how my classes are going and how manageable my stress levels are. Additionally, one day a week I have a heavy class load (6 hours of class), so I am able to flex my hours so that I can focus on school that day, and work longer days the other 4. Overall, my supervisor and the department as a whole are very mindful of my role as a student and are constantly supporting me in my educational endeavors.
My Professional Dream: My professional dream is to earn my Master’s degree and work within a high school as a school counselor. I hope to develop programs to prevent serious issues like dating violence, substance abuse and cyberbullying, and to promote student goal setting and working towards achieving those goals. Overall, I hope to have the opportunity to interact with adolescents in a meaningful way!