How did you discover your passion for what you do?

I was very involved in college and held several leadership positions in various organizations. I absolutely loved helping college students, particularly first-year students. Through talking with various professionals across campus, I discovered the student affairs profession. I thought, “You mean I can work at a college campus forever and help students?” I pursued a graduate degree in student affairs in higher education and assisted students with enrollment management tasks as a graduate assistant. It was in this role that I was first inspired to help students with their finances. My current supervisor saw my potential, as well as skill set, and really challenged me to think outside the box to meet the needs of our student population at The University of Akron.


What words of wisdom or advice do you live by?

I very much live by the words, “everything happens for a reason.” This mantra applies when I’m offered a new job, or when I’m not offered a job. It applies when I connect with a stranger in the coffee line. It applies when I hit every red light when I’m running late for an appointment. It also applies in the midst of personal struggle. My faith is very important to me, and I know that God has me where he wants me to be. Every great and not so great thing, that has happened in my life, has led me to where I am now.


How do you make sure you stay connected with your professional network?

Fortunately, the student affairs field is very small, so it’s pretty easy to stay connected with other professionals, as long as one puts in the effort. I think it’s so important to collaborate with other professionals in your network. I recognize that I don’t know it all, and I can’t possibly do it all either. I absolutely love reaching out to other colleagues for their advice, expertise and help facilitating a new program or initiative. Not only are we staying connected as professionals and fostering our personal relationships, but we’re bettering the field of student affairs by working together.