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Meet the Coaches

  • What is your educational background?

    • Bachelor of Science in Education from Greenville University
    • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    As a first-generation college student, I didn’t know how to navigate the college landscape and I had no real idea of what I wanted to do with my life. I got a degree in K-12 education because it’s what I was encouraged by others around me to do. I didn’t have many conversations with professors in college, and I wasn’t aware of any support services, so it wasn’t until I was ready to graduate that I realized I didn’t want to work in K-12 schools at all! Years after graduating, I moved to Shenyang, China to teach at university and discovered a connection with higher education, and now I’m in a career I love! My advice is to be curious and explore! Connect with people, get different perspectives, and use available resources to learn about your interests, skills, and abilities to help you craft and align with your future goals! 

  • What is your educational background?

    • Associate of Arts from Heartland Community College
    • Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Park Administration from Illinois State University
    • Master of Science in Sport Management from Illinois State University

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    One struggle I faced as a student was learning to find a work-life balance. I worked 2-3 jobs at the same time throughout college as a way of gaining experience and earning an income. It was very hard to find time for myself and have a social life. This put a decline in my mental health. Creating a healthy balanced life is essential to young adults and thinking back on my experiences, I would have prioritized my mental health more. I’ve worked to the point of burnout, but throughout the process have learned to set boundaries for myself. I wish I had a mentor throughout my life that helped me learn to set boundaries and to say “no” to obligations I didn’t have time or energy for.

  • 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 Science in Communication from Illinois State University
    • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    One thing that I struggled with in college was really being focused on making the most of my experience. I wish I would have taken advantage of all the resources and opportunities that were available to me. I did not realize my true goal of working in higher education until a few years after I graduated. If I had focused more on getting engaged while I was working on my Bachelor’s degree maybe I would have realized my dream even earlier. Since I cannot go back and have my college experience again, I try to focus on helping students take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them while at Heartland.

  • 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 Arts in English-Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University

    What is one struggle you faced as a student?

    My greatest struggle during college was the ability to obtain a healthy balance for my mental wellness. I was a student-athlete, worked two jobs, sat on the council for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at my school, and held a position within my sorority. I loved being busy; however, it was often to a fault. I would often run myself dry and have a massive "crash" where I struggled mentally, emotionally, and physically just from over-committing myself before I would bounce back and go at it again. I did not learn the concept of saying "no" until my senior year in college. Being involved on campus can open doors for you for your future, help you to cultivate life-long friendships, and provide you great skills that can apply to the workforce. However, finding the proper balance between all the things you participate in and your own wellness is key to being able to succeed long-term in a college environment. I wish there were a coaching program like this that walked through my college experience with me and helped me achieve in all facets of the college experience. I want to help other students find a great balance between their areas of interest, while also finding a way to achieve to the best of their ability. 

     

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