Assistant Director for New Student Orientation and Student Transitions
The main focus of my job is to help undeclared students find their path here at UWEC and beyond. In order to do this, I help them select classes, explore majors and careers, and find ways to enrich their undergraduate experience. In addition to meeting individually with students, I coordinate our new student Orientation, Blugold Family Connection, and First Year Experience programs.
I am originally from Neillsville, Wisconsin. However, since graduating from high school, I have lived a TON of different places—Eau Claire, Whitewater, Minneapolis, La Crosse, Alaska, California, Kansas City and Milwaukee. Through these travels, I have gained a B.A. in English from UWEC, a master’s degree in College Student Development and Administration from UW-La Crosse, and have had other job and internship opportunities as well.
Playing with my young son, shopping, walking my dogs, eating, traveling, playing sports and watching reality TV (my guilty pleasure).
Were you undeclared?
No, I wasn’t smart enough. Rather than declaring myself “undeclared” I did what I call “major hopping.” I just hopped from major to major, never really having the guts to say I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do. It ended up causing me a lot of frustration (not to mention extra classes!) so I wouldn’t recommend it!
Not only did I graduate from UWEC, but my grandma graduated from UWEC about 55 years ago, and both my parents went here…I guess you could say this place is in my blood!