Position: Student Success Specialist, Transfer Center; Adjunct Faculty, ESL
B.A. Social Science and Spanish from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
M.Ed. Adult Education from Seattle University, Seattle, WA
1. How did you decide to attend your college/university?
I wanted to live in a faraway city so I worked backwards once I had a location. After I decided on the Pacific Northwest, I looked for smaller schools that offered my major(s). I wanted a small school because I wanted to participate in sports. I knew I wasn't headed to a Division I school. At the time, I wanted to be a writer even though I ended up studying education. I attended a school that fostered creativity; that was important to me.
2. How did you afford college/university?
My family helped me and I received athletic and academic scholarships. I also worked part-time through school as a janitor, waitress, smoothie maker... Whatever I could get.
3. What was unique about the college/university you attended?
Evergreen offers interdisciplinary courses only. You don't graduate with a traditional Bachelor's degree. It worked out well for me because I added a teaching certificate program to an internship. When I went to graduate school, I found the focus on thinking skills and group work helped me be successful.
4. Did you have any experiences transferring?
I do! I started at a small, private school in Seattle. In my first quarter I realized I wouldn't finish my degree there. I worked with academic counselors to plan for classes that would transfer and ultimately Evergreen accepted all of my credits. I had to persuade them on a couple of classes because they were unique to my first university or physical education credits, which Evergreen didn't offer.
5. What kinds of jobs did you get after graduation?
I worked as an ESL and basic skills teacher, as a non-profit administrator, and now as a specialist in the Transfer Center.
6. How did you discover you current position?
I knew I wanted to return to education and naturally began looking at SRJC. I used to teach GED preparation and help those students apply to community college. Working in the Transfer Center is a great fit because now I can help students apply to 4-year schools. I feel like I'm working on the next piece of the puzzle.
7. What do you love about your field?
I love the doors that education opens and the value placed on lifelong learning. Even staff and faculty are encouraged to keep learning. It's awesome.
8. Do you have any tips for potential transfer students?
Start planning early. I was lucky and started planning within a month of starting college. I was able to obtain my Bachelor's degree in 4 years, which was important to me.