Every day is different…that is both a very exciting and scary concept at the same time. As a new academic advisor the fact that everyday brings new challenges is the most exciting part of the position. I am now unofficially about a month into my position and just recently finished working orientation for the first time as an academic advisor. I have had a very non-traditional path to higher education and higher education really found me instead of the other way around. I was a sport management undergraduate and my graduate program is in marketing. A year into my graduate assistant position within the Academic Advising Office I was hired as an academic advisor within the same office. My goal during my undergraduate career was to work for a professional baseball team. I worked a couple summers in baseball and found that my passion as a Peer Advising Leader during my undergraduate career was too strong to ignore. As a result, starting my new position without a strong concept of theory and experience as a graduate assistant and Peer Advisor has been a challenging. I have found that my assistantship experience paired with my peer advising experience allows me to connect with my students.
In the last month I have presented at orientation, talked to nervous parents and anxious students, created countless schedules, asked millions of questions all while trying to learn the position. I have had great support from colleagues as well as the two other new advisors that just started their positions recently. I have felt overwhelmed at times and have felt like I know only slightly more than the incoming class and that has been a significant fear. I have diagnosed myself with “imposter syndrome” several times but keep coming back for more and learning from my experiences.
Jumping from a graduate student to an academic advisor so quickly has also provided quite the learning curve with attempting to grasp the different software, working with faculty, and on the job learning has been both intimidating as well as extremely gratifying. Not to mention I am 23 years old and the youngest in the office. Throughout the last month I have also learned a lot about myself. I always knew I had a “go with the flow” personality and the last month has truly proven that for me. Within the last month as an office three new advisors have started including myself, we are currently interviewing for a new graduate assistant, and we are currently sharing offices until facilities finds a new home for all of us. Starting at such a crazy time has truly allowed me to further get to know my co-workers, my position and fully embrace my “go with the flow” mentality.