Director of Career Development
HOW DID YOU GET HERE? Since I am one of the older staff members, it has been a long journey. I changed my major 5 times as an undergraduate at Purdue (BS in Human Services) and could still graduate in four years. Fast forward to the beginning of my career at Purdue University after my Masters and choosing career counseling and academic advising in the College of Science. After many years in the COS, I split my time between the CCO and Science and a few years later, moved full-time to the CCO to have one office and phone number! I have loved every minute of my career at Purdue. There are so many opportunities to work with students and facilitate career and personal growth. Spending my whole career in academia makes me feel like a perpetual college student and since I love working with college students, it is a pleasant delusion to think I am one!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE CCO? I love almost everything about working at the CCO, however, my favorite thing is getting the incredible opportunity to work with students and help each one grow in his or her career development, ranging from the AHA of “I’ve found a great major for me!” to “I’ve just gotten three job offers and need to choose between the three!” I love reminding each student of how great they are, helping them to discover their unique strengths, and guiding them through any aspect of the wonderful process of reaching positive career outcomes!
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL JOB YOU EVER HAD? The summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college I spent two weeks working at Long John Silvers, four weeks selling waterless cookware, and three weeks being a U.S. Census Taker. It was a tough summer!
FAVORITE THINGS: I love dancing (ballroom and square dancing)!!! I love to read, go to garage sales, and play tennis. My absolute favorite activity is heart-to-heart talks with God, family, and close friends. And playing with grandchildren!
QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley
ADVICE FOR STUDENTS: Discover your purpose and live it out! You are awesome!