I’ve only been in Minnesnowta for 10 years, but I bleed maroon and gold!
I was born and raised in Manitowoc, WI, but chose the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for my college journey as a first generation college student. It was the best decision I have ever made! With the beautiful small-town feel of the St. Paul Campus and the city-feel of the Minneapolis campus, I truly had the best of both worlds as a student. I hold an undergraduate degree in Nutrition, focused on dietetics and an M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership, both from the U! My first professional job was within CFANS Admissions as the Freshman Admissions Counselor. That sparked my passion for working with undergraduate students and helping support them as they navigate through their education
While my mom grew up on a farm, I myself, did not have a knowledge base of agriculture, nor did I participate in 4H or FFA. Not having this background does not hold one back from having a passion for agriculture. One of my favorite pieces of working with each of these four major programs, is that I get to learn about each student and their particular story/journey. Every student is unique and has different interest areas. I want to help them find their blueprint for the future and know that they are improving lives by working with agriculture, as it truly is a grand challenge within our society.
Outside of the work, I have many interests and random talents. I love fall, desserts (specifically cakes/cupcakes), holstein cows, crafting, reading, music, and movies. I have a son, Ryker, who is my world and keeps me busy! Talent wise, I played the string bass for 8 years and once attempted to grow a watermelon on my apartment balcony (you can ask me about the story sometime!). My recently discovered talent is that I can make pancakes in the shape of Goldy the Gopher! Ski-U-Mah!
I consider advising more as a privilege, not my profession. Students are what get me out of bed each and every day. Their enthusiasm, energy, uniqueness, and passion truly inspire me. My philosophy is that I am here to guide each individual through, not only their academic journey, but the trials and tribulations that they will experience while in college. I am that approachable and enthusiastic lifeline that will help students acknowledge their personal strengths, establish goals, and purpose, while having them reflect on their lived experiences. My goal is to be that advocate for students and to ensure that they feel they gained a new nugget of knowledge each time they leave my office, whether it is about academics or their personal selves. There is power in being patient and allowing the students to drive the conversation. Thank you, students, for giving me energy! I hope I return the favor and aim for you to leave with a smile on your face!
Professional Development Highlights & Focus Areas
- CFANS Student Board Outstanding Club Advisor - 2017
Equity and diversity related development:
- University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Certificate
- GLBTA Ally Training
- Presented on Utilization of On-Campus Resources in Student Recruitment (NAADA Conference 2014)
- Currently serving on the Academic Advising Network (AAN) Board
- Cluster Facilitator at LeaderShape 2019