B.A. in Political Science (Minor in French) , UAlbany
M.A. Counseling and Community Psychology, Sage Graduate School
When I was in high school, I wanted to be a youth counselor or psychologist. I had an elaborate plan to purchase a decrepit building in Hollis, Queens and turn it into a youth center which offered a variety of services and programs for teens. I passed this building every day as I rode the Q77 to school. When I took PSY101 during my first year in college, I hated the experience. It was just horrible. I thought, "What now?" "I have no plan." I was devastated. There was no one to talk me out of dropping psychology as a major, or so I thought. I simply did not know who to turn to. I was used to doing things on my own.
While my experience in Intro to Psychology was disappointing, I loved my American Politics course and, as life would have it, my work-study placement was in the Political Science office. I not only enjoyed analyzing current issues in my class, I was enthralled with the faculty conversations I overheard while working. I would read some of the materials they gave me to photocopy and usually wanted to read more. I decided to major in Political Science.
After graduating, I was not sure what I wanted to do. I pursued graduate study in Political Science, but as I was knee-deep into the program, I concluded that I still wanted to work with youth. I still wanted to pursue psychology. What was I to do? I decided to look for a job that mirrored my dream to some degree. I applied to be an Enrollment Services Counselor at Hudson Valley Community College and was hired. At the time, the position required me to be able to serve students as an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, Bursar's representative, Registrar's representative, and Continuing Education academic advisor at any given moment. I had to be a jack-of-all trades and a master of all!
Remember, my dream? I still had it. During this time, I was accepted by the Counseling and Community Psychology Masters program at the Sage Graduate School. I worked full-time and went to school part-time. After four years as an Enrollment Services Counselor, I was hired to be the only full-time Academic Advisor in HVCC's Continuing Education Office. After graduate study, I was offered a position as a mental health counselor to earn the hours needed to gain my license. I was faced with the question: Do I want to be a mental health counselor or an academic advisor? I knew then, that I was truly happy serving students as an academic advisor.
After working at HVCC for ten years, I joined the Advisement Services Center at UAlbany. I am happy that my journey has led me to where I am now and I am excited to find out what's around the bend. Like my students and my colleagues; I am ever-learning, ever-growing, every exploring. I dream. I climb. I thrive.
My Role as Your Advisor:
Be there. I believe that the college experience is a time of exploration, self-examination, and self-actualization. You learn as much about yourself as you learn about the world. Here is where you determine and redetermine your goals. As an advisor, my role is to support you though this amazing academic journey. Together, we will explore your personal and career objectives. We discuss different academic pathways and the university support services available to help you succeed. As you become increasingly independent, you will not be alone. I am here to encourage and mentor you along the way.
Your Role as My Advisee:
"Do You." Your role as my advisee is to allow me to help you be the best person you want to be and for you to try your best. It really is that simple. I will not push or pry, but I may encourage you to do things outside of your comfort zone. For example, you may have never asked for help with academics, but find yourself in a position where you need to speak up. I will not force my way into your life, but I will be there, willing to help, whenever you need. No question is stupid or too silly. If you knew the answer you would not ask the question.
Very Important. Check your University E-mail. I know that the University is flooding you with information. Your UAlbany E-mail is our official means of communication outside of postal mail. It is the best way to contact me and my primary way of contacting you.