Mary’s official title is Academic Counselor, Lead in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Office which promotes academic success and graduation for under-represented ethnic minority, economically disadvantaged, and first generation college students. Mary stewards students through the selection and scheduling of classes, exploration of possible majors, and development of career goals. In addition, she assists students with financial aid, housing, personal matters, and a host of additional support services.
Mary’s greatest asset is her ability to connect with students and help them fully explore their interests and opportunities. Once students share their concerns, Mary encourages them to actively engage in their education and helps them strategize about which resources will help them succeed both academically and personally. Through thoughtful discussions, Mary leads students to reflect on their educational experiences and identify resources that will help them make the most of their undergraduate experience. She views each student as an individual and takes the time to get to know them personally. While she works at a large university where there is not mandatory advising, there are a large number of students who work with Mary on a regular basis and have formed a meaningful and lasting relationship with her. Mary is easily accessible and eager to help students.
Personally, I cannot say enough about how much I admire Mary as a colleague and friend. When working with a difficult situation, Mary is one of the first people I turn to for advice. She is always more than willing to listen, answer all of my questions, and give constructive feedback. I am so grateful for her kindness and support.