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Meet the Coaches

  • What is your educational background?

    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University
    • Master of Education in Community Counseling from Loyola University

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    Navigating the college "system" was hugely overwhelming for me. I was a first-generation college student (the first in my family to attend college) so no one in my household had any idea where to begin. Everything from applying for financial aid, registering for classes, buying books, managing a college course load, and getting connected on campus was outside of my comfort zone. There were times during my first year that I wanted to give up rather than deal with the stress of figuring out how everything worked. Over time, I learned a lot from trial and error (and my fellow students!) but spent much of that first year feeling stressed out and confused rather than enjoying the experience. I wish there had been a coaching program when I was a student to help take the mystery out of navigating that first year of college!

  • What is your educational background?

    • Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Nebraska
    • Master of Science in Education from University of Illinois

    What is one struggle you have faced as a student?

    I believe my greatest struggle during my college years was obtaining balance. I took on too many things. I worked four jobs while attending school. And although I strongly believe in being productive, I believe balance is key. I wish someone would have helped me to see that all aspects of the college experience can prove to be invaluable. I think becoming involved in clubs, organizations, sports or volunteer opportunities on campus will help guide students to become more well rounded. I think these types of experiences open the doors to new relationships, new passions, self fulfillment and true life-long learning. I urge students today to self discipline to maintain balance during their college years paying attention to things like:

    • strong health (nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise)
    • studies (true focused learning instead of checking things off a list)
    • work (great experience, helps with financial freedoms, possible connections for future career)
    • volunteer opportunities (provides such a sense of self worth oftentimes)
    • clubs, organizations (opens doors to new interests and can provide real life education)
  • What is your educational background?

    • Bachelor of Arts in communication from Western Illinois University
    • Master of Arts in communication from Western Illinois University
    • Pursuing Doctorate of Education in communication education from Illinois State University

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    Asking for help. There are countless resources on a college campus to help with everything you may not be an expert in. I was afraid to ask for help until I had a great experience with a mentor in my second year of school that helped change my perspective on asking for help. It changes your life in college!

  • Educational Background

    • Master of Science in Communication from Illinois State University (May 2018)
    • Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Leadership Communication from Illinois State University
      • Partial degree requirements fulfilled at Novancia Business School in Paris, France
    • Associate of Science from Richland Community College

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    During my first two years of community college, I was very involved on campus and worked a part-time job. When I transferred to ISU to complete my Bachelor’s degree, I continued working multiple part-time jobs and getting involved with student organizations I was passionate about. Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom; it comes from all around, and some of the most meaningful learning opportunities come from the people you meet along the way. I would not be where I am today without the encouragement of those who believed in me because they taught me how to believe in myself. As a student, I have always struggled with feeling like I am good enough, so I would take on a lot of responsibilities and get overwhelmed by the work load. My mentors helped me understand that seeking a life of balance and asking for help when I needed it would keep me from feeling isolated and burned out. More people are willing to help than you may think, you just have to learn to ask.

  • What is your educational background?

    • Associates of Arts and Science in International Business from Illinois Central College
    • Bachelors of Science in International Business from Illinois State University
    • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University (Expected graduation: May 2018)

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    I had many struggles throughout my college career. I began at community college where I was a first generation student so navigating the college process was difficult for me and my family, financial struggles because I was paying for college myself but the government would not give me enough support causing me to take out a large sum in private loans, and finding a work-life balance. 

    I overcame many of my challenges by asking for help and getting involved at ICC! I joined Trio (similar to Project Rise) and had academic support as well financial and emotional support. I joined clubs like Phi Beta Lambda and QUEST, met friends (my future ISU roommate) and built a support system based on my interests and hobbies. Finally, working on campus gave me extra spending money and connections that led me to graduate school! Believe in yourself and don't be afraid to ask others for help! We are here to help you overcome your challenges!   

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