Academic Advisement Center
524 West 59th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
M/TH 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
T/W 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
F 9 AM - 1:00 PM
*Late night hours are only offered during Fall & Spring Semester
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Walk-In Hours are only offered during the Fall & Spring Semester
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I got my B.A. in English from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and my M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. I taught writing at the UM and then taught high school English for a few years. During that time I came to realize that I loved working with students but hated grading them, so decided that college academic advising would be a great way to continue a kind of teaching and engaging with students while not having to grade papers and exams. I happily did academic advising at UM for 17 years (!!) until I made the decision to return to the east coast for family reasons. Right from the start, I've thoroughly enjoyed working at John Jay, helping students make the transition from high school to college and start building the foundation for their future careers.
I'm so lucky to be able to do work I love every day. Why do I love it? It's exciting to be there at the beginning of this whole new chapter in people's lives, to start a conversation during registration and then keep it going during the semesters that follow, to watch students grow up in new ways and know that I got to be part of it. But most of all, I am inspired by so many students here. Often they are juggling a pile of responsibilities along with their classes, discovering they need to learn completely different study strategies, facing a brand new set of situations and issues in a totally unfamiliar setting. Yet more often than not they figure it out, and in this process they get to know the satisfaction of going from confused to successful, from hesitant to confident, from needing a lot of guidance to believing in their ability to find their own answers. That's what wisdom is: learning from experience, getting help when you need it, and moving forward to make your dreams happen. I do what I can to guide students, but they also teach me a lot as they start to guide themselves. That's advising at its most satisfying.