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The Truth About Advisors

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What compels a person to become an academic advisor? During the 2022 Global Advising Week, the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences asked five of its advisors to weigh in on this question. Amanda Villar, Kayla Goodwin, Carolyn Ballard, Heather Whedbee, and Heath Furrow honor us with their stories.
My academic advising journey began about eight years ago when the role that I've Hudson at was asked to take on some academic advising. And at first I was very nervous at the prospects, but excited to do something new and different. And lo and behold, I ended up loving what I was doing. I became an adviser because I remember being a college student and how important it is to have a professional devoted to your success. There are so many obstacles that college students face. Having someone there for you every step of the way is really important. And I want it to be that person. For the majority of my career was a career counselor at Virginia Tech. And then I briefly went to a high school to be a school counselor and then decided that mom real passion was the University of Virginia Tech and came back as an academic advisor in order to help students learn to navigate the system and have a resource for them to be successful. Here, I chose to become an academic advisor because I was a first-generation college student myself, and I relied heavily on faculty and my advisors to understand all of the resources and opportunities that were available to me as a student. And so that inspired me to pursue a career in which I could help students think critically about their time here and develop goals and dreams that they could leverage into strategic experiences that would prepare them for their lives and their careers. Well, I really like about working in advising is that instead of just teaching one class with a student, I get to work with a student throughout their entire four years all the way from orientation to graduation. I like being able to know that I'm playing a small part in helping them grow and also helping them become people who are going to go out and change the world in wonderful ways.