Gardening and freezing/canning our own fruits and vegetables. I get to grocery shop in my pantry and freezer all winter long!
Shopping. Regardless of what I'm shopping for, I love the hunt!
Spending as much time as possible with my family. It doesn't matter what we're doing, as long as we're together.
What are your position responsibilities?
It's the mission of the Career Center to prepare our students to be successful after graduation and in their chosen careers. It's my responsibility to make sure that the Career Center is offering the appropriate services and resources to help this happen. This could mean anything from career exploration, professional image, and resumes/cover letters to internships, job searching, interviewing, and graduate school.
Advice for Mansfield students:
College will be one of the best times in your life, so have fun, but remember that you're here for a reason. Take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you to help prepare for your future goals. Don't wait until your senior year. The journey starts your first day on campus! One very important way to prepare for your future goals is to get hands-on experience in your field of choice. Study after study shows that students who complete some kind of hands-on experience during college (internship, relevant part-time or summer job, research, etc.) are much more likely to find work in their field of study after graduation than a student that doesn't engage in these kinds of activities.
Favorite part of your job in the Career Center?
That's easy – working with students! I love seeing the light bulb go off when a student realizes that they can achieve their dreams, even if it's going to take a lot of work. I love hearing examples of student successes and knowing that the Career Center helped to play a part, no matter how large or small, in that success.
Favorite thing about Mansfield University?
The overall sense of community. I love that Mansfield is a small university, which means there are so many opportunities for students and employees to develop meaningful relationships and really have an impact.
Share something unique about yourself:
I grew up in a very small town and attended college in a small town, as well. After college I knew that I was going to continue on to obtain my master's and intentionally chose to target universities in metropolitan areas. Having never lived in a city, I really didn't know what to expect, but I knew that I needed to step outside of my comfort zone. I attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. There really is something to be said about going outside of our comfort zone. This is where growth takes place.
Who/what inspires you? Explain:
Growth inspires me. Life is all about learning who we are and who we want to become. Along the way we're going to make mistakes and we're going to have successes. The important part is to learn from those mistakes and successes and make ourselves better because of them. I'm also inspired by kindness. There's so much negativity in the world today, so when I see an act of kindness and respect, no matter how large or small, I'm reminded that there is also positivity and good in the world.