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Fall 2021 Advisor Recognition

Jill Raupe

December 2021   |   College of Architecture
 

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I enjoy advising students. I have been working with students in various capacities at Texas A&M University for 29 years. I am like a proud parent seeing them come to Texas A&M as scared, excited young adults about to embark on one of the most important journeys in their lives. It’s an honor and privilege to be a small part in the student’s lives and to watch them grow and mature to become productive citizens reaching their personal and professional goals. 

How are you supporting and advancing Texas A&M University’s mission on diversity, equity and inclusion?
I have attended many trainings for diversity, equity and inclusion at TAMU.  I want the students feel safe and welcomed when meeting with me.

What is one fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me – I have two daughters in one college. My oldest daughter is a TAMU student – Class of ’23. My youngest daughter is attending the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

What advice do you have for our Aggies this semester?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. Make the most of the resources available to you as a Texas A&M student. Your academic advisor is a valuable resource.

What advice do you have for new academic advisors at Texas A&M?I highly encourage news advisors to get involved with University Advisors & Counselors, TEXAAN and NACADA for professional development opportunities. We, as seasoned advisors like the energy and ideas that new advisors bring to the table. Remember, you are making a difference in student’s lives at Texas A&M.


 

Allison Harms

November 2021   |   Environmental Programs in Geosciences
 

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I really enjoy hearing about the academic and career goals of each student and helping them formulate an academic plan that incorporates those interests and goals. I also really like helping students solve any academic problems that they run into during their time here at TAMU. I love hearing that students feel better and less stressed after we have met to solve a problem or workout an academic plan for their time here.

How are you supporting and advancing Texas A&M University’s mission on diversity, equity and inclusion?
I am passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Texas A&M. When I can, I try to serve on committees related to diversity, equity, and inclusion work so that I can hear different perspectives and voices on campus. I enjoy learning new ways to help make our advising office a more inclusive space that celebrates the diversity of our student body.

What is one fun fact about you?
I love antique/vintage books and one of my prized possessions is a 1918 copy of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea.

What advice do you have for our Aggies this semester?
It is so easy to feel overwhelmed in your first semester, but know that you aren’t alone! Make sure that if you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged that you take advantage of your resources on campus, especially your academic advisor! We all want to see you succeed and for you to find your place at Texas A&M and we are happy to help you when you need encouragement or connections to resources on campus.

What advice do you have for new academic advisors at Texas A&M?
The academic advising community at Texas A&M is excellent! Get to know advisors across campus and really use your professional network to help you grow as an advisor! Join the University Advisors and Counselors and volunteer for committees if you are able. It’s a great way to get to know other advisors.


Faegan Lee

October 2021   |   College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I enjoy being able to help develop students to help them reach their goals.
 

How are you supporting and advancing Texas A&M University’s mission on diversity, equity and inclusion?
I find ways to connect resources and student organizations to my students based on interests and goals in order to help them make the most of their time here.


What is one fun fact about you?
Yeah, this one’s a tough one. There are many fun facts about me. I guess something many don’t know about is that I play fantasy sports and have won multiple league championships in fantasy football, basketball, hockey, and college football. I’ve also made money off of fantasy football. I also have a BA in biology from here and so I can give advice on how to survive science courses here.
 

What advice do you have for our Aggies this semester?
Spend lots of time reviewing material every day. Also find ways to practice demonstration of knowledge whether it’s doing extra practice problems or finding ways to relate the material to everyday life. Finally, try to find ways to get involved.


What advice do you have for new academic advisors at Texas A&M?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Also, find ways to relate to students. Take a little time to get to know your students because every student has a unique story.


Alyssa Hartmann

September 2021   |   Mays Business School

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I love learning about my students.  Identifying what their goals and passions are helps me be a better resource who can intentionally connect them to opportunities that will help them flourish. There is no better moment than having a student come back to my office to tell me all about an internship or high impact program that truly inspired them and has helped them decide on a career path.


How are you supporting and advancing Texas A&M University’s mission on diversity, equity and inclusion?
I am a big believer in learning about my students out of respect for who they are and what their goals are. I never want my students to feel like they are just another face in the advising machine. Rather, I strive to connect with them and provide resources around campus that will be uniquely beneficial to their situation. In doing so, they know that I am a support system for them in whatever they need, and I do my best to ensure students feel welcomed and heard when they meet with me.

What is one fun fact about you?
My family and I won HEB Tailgaters of the Year for the 2019 Fightin’ Texas Aggie football season!


What advice do you have for our Aggies this semester?
Time management is crucial! Write out a weekly schedule that includes EVERYTHING such as class, study time, homework time, work, hobbies, organizations, breaks, meals, sleep, and anything else that you do during the week. Then, stick to it.


What advice do you have for new academic advisors at Texas A&M?
You are not alone! Ask questions and be ready for anything. In many ways, academic advising is a “learn on the job” career. Taking the time to shadow another advisor and ask questions will help you feel more confident when you start advising students on your own.