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Sep 2014Present

Academic Advisor

The University of Arizona

Working within the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science (CLAS) Academic Advising Center I specialize in serving students who are undecided about their major or seeking our Bachelors of General Studies or Global Studies. Being that CLAS houses many of the undecided students, students on probation, or students who have been disqualified from other individual colleges on campus, I am responsible for maintaining an up-to-date and accurate understanding of all the key components within the 260+ majors at the University of Arizona.

In addition to providing assistance with coursework selection and accurate completion of graduation requirements, I am accountable for the interpretation of university policies and procedures as they pertain to all parts of a students academic career. This consists of frequent individual appointments,presentations,and workshops for students surrounding the topics of orientation, academic probation, grade replacement, major selection, and other as needed topics throughout the year. As an advisor I also have the privilege of teaching a Major Exploration course to between 20-25 undecided students per semester. In this course we utilize the Hollands Code as a starting point to the conversation of "what do I want to do?". From here the students are guided through the course putting the majors their "personal filters", and in the end they often find 1 or 2 majors that they feel confident they could declare.

The most recent addition to my roll is that of social media coordinator. This has been a real privilege as it has allowed me to interact with our students on a whole different level. I am now utilizing applications such as Buffer, Zapier, and Trello and supervising the new social media student intern. We provide students with 5 Twitter and 2 Facebook posts per day about available courses, internships, career building opportunities, and other thought provoking articles.

Jul 2012Jun 2014

Career Counseling Graduate Assistant

Grand Valley State University

As a member of the Career Team at Grand Valley I provided students with an in depth look at their Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong's Interest Inventory, and StrengthsQuest assessments to bolster their understanding of their unique skills, values, passions, and interests. In addition to providing assessment interpretations, I assisted students with resume and cover letter reviews, internship opportunities, job placement, and any other career related questions.

Utilizing my past experience in fine arts I also provided the Career Team with new marketing materials to expand the Career Centers outreach to the student body. This included the creation of a Career Center design element (logo), new outreach posters, bookmarks, and other special projects as needed. In addition to working with the Career Team, I collected and organize the co-curricular data from over 200 programs for the Division of Student Services and well as provide the Counseling Center with materials for co-curricular outreach.

May 2013May 2014

Weekend Programming Graduate Intern

Calvin College

Throughout the summer I worked on the development of weekend events and student programming. This entailed creating, designing, and implementing highly interactive and inclusive events, all of which much cost the student less than $1. I was the lead coordinator for two of the events as well as assisting with marketing and event preparation for the various other programs throughout the first semester of school. The first event provided a custom cell phone scavenger hunt application with checkpoints throughout one of the countries largest publicly judged art competition (ArtPrize). The second event was a "Fall Festival" consisting of a corn maze, hay rides, square dancing, campfires and s'mores, and fresh donuts and cider, all held at Post Family Farms in Hudsonville Michigan. This event attracted nearly 600 students and set a record attendance for an off-campus programming event. Throughout the fall we had an attendance increase of 35% over the previous year.

Additionally within this position I conducted research surrounding the different purposes that night, evening, and weekend events serve on college campuses across the nation. In doing so I was able to assist the Student Life division in the development of their new Key Performance Indicators as well as creating the "Programming Depth Gauge".

Aug 2013Dec 2013

Student Organization's Intern

Calvin College
Working within the Office of Student Development I was part of a team that developed the monthly leadership seminars, known as Leadership Academy, for current student organization leaders. Each of these Leadership Academies consisted of networking opportunities, event discussion, workshops to provide specific tools useful to running a student organization, a "Going Deeper" section aimed at facilitating conversation about deeper leadership concepts, and a open forum section for any additional topics of interest. Many of these Academies involved researching how other institutions provided services for their student organizations and clubs in addition to supported leadership skills and workshops. Aside from working with the Student Organizations I conducted research surrounding Key Performance Indicators for the Office of Student Development. In attending various meetings we were able to develop a new set of professionally challenging KPI's that will push the office to perform on a higher level.



Masters of Education

Grand Valley State University

Through out my studies, I focused on underrepresented student populations, as well services for first-generation college students.  Taking an in-depth look at this student population for my masters project I connected their needs to a resource that is often readily available in higher education, outdoor recreation programs.  Being familiar with the benefits of outdoor recreation, I developed a wilderness orientation program for first-generation college students that focused on creating a connection and sense of belonging for these incoming students.  

Throughout my program I was fortunate enough to take some great classes such as:

  • The American College Student (EDH 652)
  • Higher Ed & Student Affairs (EDH 651)
  • Theories of College Student Development (EDH 647)
  • Critical Issues in Higher Education (EDH 658)
  • Administration of Student Affairs Programs (EDH 652)
  • Social and Cultural Foundations (ED 672)
  • Student Affairs Administrators and the Law (EDH 654)
  • Educational Inquiry and Evaluation (EDF 660)
  • Intervention Strategies for Student Development (EDH 655)
  • Career Development (EDC 649)


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Calvin College

In my undergraduate degree I focused my studies on innovative and functional design.  This consisted of metal work, drawing, painting, and digital design. 


Public Speaking
Student Development
Event Planning
Student Affairs
Higher Education


Wilderness First Aid

National Outdoor Leadership School