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For about 4-5 years now, I’ve been trying (on and off) to get a job in the field of higher education. Having not worked in the field much prior, and not having a specific master’s in that field, breaking in was tough! However, two months ago I finally got a break through and was able to interview for a position as an academic advisor. A few weeks after that I was offered the job. Of course, I accepted.

I am super excited to be working in this field. I have a deep passion for higher education. And this particular organization has great values focusing on the underserved, being flexible with their transfer and degree programs, and serving an adult population. Getting a college degree is not an easy feat. It is expensive and time consuming, and if you don’t have the luxury of doing it “right off the bat” out of high school, the challenges one faces in getting that degree can begin to feel insurmountable. Families, bills, children. All of these things interfere with time and money needed to complete an education. So, working at this particular institution, which focuses on people in those exact situations, is so very exciting.

I’m about to embark on my second week of work, where I finally start to get into the nitty-gritty. But I have to say, regardless of the tremendous learning curve before me, I am so very excited to get my hands dirty.. Honestly, I can’t think of a better job than to be a part of someone realizing their dreams!