What school did you attend? What was your major? Did you ever change it?
I attended Roberts Wesleyan College. My Major was Business administration and Marketing. I came into Roberts as Undecided, so I was put in the Academic Exploration Program (AEP), and my sophomore year, I chose to declare as a business major.
How did you decide on your major/career?
I decided on my major through the experiences the AEP had given me. I was exposed to different ways of thinking, and I guess the way my mind works was more business-oriented than any other program. I also wanted to pick a major that was versatile, because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
What do you consider your calling to be? And how does your current job as a staff member relate?
My calling is something I think I navigate every single day. That calling is to help others. As cliché or even general as that may sound, I believe it wholeheartedly. When most people think of a calling, they think of a job. For me, it’s more than that, it’s how I live my life on a daily basis. It’s in every interaction I have with others. My job in the Admissions Office at Roberts Wesleyan College affords me the privilege of helping prospective students navigate the college admissions process. Deciding on a college can be very taxing and demanding for prospective students and their families. This is why I believe having someone in the student’s corner that is available and ready to genuinely help; can make all the difference.
Any advice or words of wisdom for students trying to find their calling?
My advice for current students trying to find their calling is to work inside out and to find their motivation. A lot of the time, the world is trying to tell us that to be happy, we have to be rich, we have to have all this stuff. This way of thinking actually becomes the motivation for a lot of people. I find that I am happiest when I help someone with no expectation to receive anything back from them.
Do you have any regrets regarding your career path? Any advice to current students exploring career options?
I don’t really have any regrets regarding my short career path so far. I do have lessons that I learned along the way though. The biggest lesson for me was knowing when to leave a company. I gave myself a threshold that I wasn’t willing to compromise for and when that threshold was exceeded, I knew it was time to leave.
Advice I will give to a student exploring career options will be to invest in themselves first and if possible, make your hobby or passion your career.
What was the hardest struggle you had as a college student and how did you overcome it? What about as a staff member?
One of the hardest struggles I faced as a college student was trying to balance having a fun college experience with being academically successful. I understood that I was only in college for 4 years. I knew I had to not only graduate with a desirable GPA, but I also owed it to myself to have a good time as “these are the best times of your life”. One of the major pieces of advice I believe helped me through that dynamics was adopting a “work first play second” mentality. My academics always came first, if I had to choose. I knew my academics played a huge role in me being in college in the first place, financial aid etc. so I couldn’t lose sight of what was actually important. With that being said, I think it’s also equally valuable to enjoy your time in college.