I was originally from Alaska, but moved away when I attended college at Texas A&M University. While I was there, I changed my major seven times…but still somehow managed to graduate on time with a degree in English and minors in Anthropology and Religious Studies! After graduation, I started working with international students at an English as a Second Language (ESL) school where I got a chance to teach English and do student services.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go the faculty route or stay in administration so I decided to start my Master’s in Literature and continue working in higher education doing immigration work at a teaching hospital. It was during that time that I realised that I really loved working with students on a one-on-one capacity and moved over to Rice University. It was there that I fell in love with student affairs. I had the opportunity to live on campus as a Resident Assistant (similar to a hybrid between the Yale-NUS Assistant Dean and Residential Life Officer positions) and I was hooked.
I began my doctorate in higher education administration and supervision at the University of Houston where my dissertation focused on how the model minority myth impacts stress and anxiety among Asian American students. While I was in that programme, I moved to The Juilliard School and got to explore so many areas of student engagement and campus life. I love working at small schools where I can get to know so many students on an individual basis and I’m so excited to start my journey at Yale-NUS!Advice for Students
College is a time for exploration! Try something new, make new friends, and create memories. And don’t ever hesitate to ask for help from anyone on our team!Fun Fact
I used to own a reindeer sausage hotdog stand in Alaska!