Why I chose a career in student affairs:
The power of education is immeasurable. I love learning and I love assisting other people learn. That combination lead me to my career in student affairs. Adult learners typically have a vastly different experience than their “straight-out-of-high-school” peers. It gives me pleasure assisting learners of any age on their educational journey. As with any journey, the goal of a degree rarely is straightforward or easy. I enjoy guiding students during their tumultuous times, and celebrating with them when they’ve overcome their obstacles.
What I love about being a Student Success Coach:
I consider myself a very gregarious person. Learning about how students got to this point in their educational journey, where they’re going, and how I can assist them are a few points of why I love my job.
Experience & education:
After earning my Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota, I Moved to Seattle, WA. That’s where I got my start in student affairs, serving as an admissions advisor for two years. I loved it so much that I knew I wanted to make a career of it. Thus, I moved back to my home state of Wisconsin to earn a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW Madison. After serving as an advisor at UW Madison’s Law School for a couple years, I accepted a position as an Academic Success Coach with the UW Flexible Option. I’ve been with Flex for over 4 years now. It’s awesome being able to be both an Academic Success Coach with UW Flexible Option and a Student Success Coach with the Student Services team.
My wife and I have two young sons who have tons of energy. We love spending time at our family cabin in northern Wisconsin, taking road trips, and spending as much time as possible outside. I’m an Eagle Scout. I enjoy watching the Packers, embarrassing myself on the golf course, reading, and being active with my church community.