Advisor's Life Story
I am inspired by the life stories in academic advising; the chance to learn about an individual’s history, professional aspirations, and personal development goals. For me, the most exciting part of our profession is having the opportunity to earn students’ trust and engage with their courageous efforts to make meaning of their lives. We cultivate significant relationships through our active teaching, mentorship, coaching, and encouragement of students. In this profession, we have the chance to make our contribution to helping people in our communities do better and become more. I began my professional journey in advising as I reflected upon the remarkable impact my advising profession mentors had on students and me. When I network with colleagues or hear from a student who experienced success and prosperity in ways they never imagined possible, it is humbling to be reminded of the profound influence and responsibility we have in this field.
Casey Owen Shadix, University of Kentucky