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I became an advisor because:
I love working with students to help with the transition from high school and into the beginnings of their future careers. With my background in Counseling, I love learning about the student’s interests and strengths as I help them find success in their time at the University. In addition, I love the strategy that is involved, not only in planning out courses in preparation for graduation but also having conversations about career planning and taking steps now that can help the student years in the future. Specifically, I would like to pay it forward, as I feel I am the product of great advising in my undergraduate experience. I hope to be as helpful and encouraging to the students I advise as my own academic advisor was to me.

When I grew up:
I wanted to be a chef, and then a professional ice skater, and then a teacher. I was that child that was interested in so many things I never knew what to do with them. I learned quickly that each career path wasn’t quite what I thought it was. I learned that not all chefs have their own show on the Food Network, that you must start learning how to skate as early as possible (also it may have been difficult as I am quite clumsy), and that my strengths in individualization, discipline and responsibility may not be the best when combined with my interests and that would make a teaching career an unlikely choice. So, when I took my first Psychology course in high school, I was hooked on learning what makes people unique unto themselves. And that lead me on a path that eventually lead to higher education, and finally where I am now in Academic Advising.

My favorite KU memory is:
Going to a game at Allen Fieldhouse. As an avid college basketball fan, I had heard several people tell me before I moved to Lawrence that they would do just about anything to go to a Kansas Basketball home game. I never quite understood what they meant until I went to a game a few weeks after starting at KU. It is a quite the experience to be in a place so close to where the sport was invented, and to feel the history that has been made in the room in which you are currently sitting. Coming from Nebraska, we are known for our football team, but I always was curious to find out what it is to be at a place so known for basketball. Sufficed to say, it lived up to the expectation.

At the top of my bucket list is:
Traveling to London. I have never to Europe or really outside of the 48 contiguous United States, but I can feel that it is one place I am meant to go. I am not sure what it is about that city, or even the United Kingdom as a whole, but I can already tell that it will be one of my favorite places on Earth. Not only does it combine my love of the royal family with the origins of Harry Potter, but it also rarely tops 90 degrees (Fahrenheit at least). And though I may be from the Midwest, humidity and I do not get along too well.

claire_ruhlman@ku.edu
785-864-3500