I became an advisor because…
Despite dropping out of high school, I had two advisors who never stopped believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. They always promised me that when, not if, I graduated from college, they would find a way to be at my graduation. After building momentum and confidence at JCCC before then transferring to KU, I graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in political science and in 2016 with a master of arts in higher education administration and urban leadership from UMKC. And yes, those advisors were there to help me celebrate. Thus, my career in higher education has been a cathartic process and my passion for advising students has allowed me the opportunity to give back in the same way that I was once supported. Working at the Edwards Campus allows me to work with many students who are taking the nontraditional path I once ventured as well. I couldn’t ask for more.
“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it… yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” -Jacob Riis (“The Stonecutter’s Credo”)
My favorite KU memory is…
Studying abroad in Spain for a KU Spanish language program. The most memorable part was being in Barcelona’s city square with tens of thousands of Catalans while we watched Spain win its first World Cup in 2010.
My favorite movie:
The Sound of Music (1965)