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Advisor Recognition Fall 2020-Summer 2021

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September 2020  |  Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

What do you enjoy most about working with students? 
My favorite part of my job is working directly with students. Advising gives me the opportunity to walk with students as they shape their future, both during their time at Texas A&M and for the rest of their lives.

How are you supporting and advancing TAMU’s mission on diversity, equity, and inclusion? 
‚ÄčOur students’ lives do not begin the first day they step on campus. Each student brings a diverse collection of life experiences, along with the excitement, worries, and hard work they put in to get to college. As an advisor, I enjoy meeting each student where they are, and walking with them as they discover how their unique experiences and talents can positively impact their education, peer groups, and the world around them.

What is one fun fact about you?
During the stay-at-home order, I decided to attempt acrylic drip painting; emphasis on attempted. I also jumped on the bread-making bandwagon, and expanded to macarons and my Nana's kolache recipe.

What advice do you have for our Aggies this fall semester?
Remember: You matter. You are capable of accomplishing great things, even in adverse circumstances. This semester doesn’t look the same as usual, but we are still the same Aggie Family.
Your advisors are here for you, and we believe in you.
P.S. Please check your emails. ;)

What advice do you have for new academic advisors at TAMU?
Always remember the “Why” of what we do as advisors. Share in the joy with students as they pass “that” class, get an internship or a leadership role in their student organization, apply for graduation… In small and sometimes very big ways, we were able to help them along the way, and seeing a student reach their goals brings value to everything we do for our students, even that super last-minute force request.