What is your current job?
I currently serve as the Director of Studies in Forbes College at Princeton University.
Why did you choose this profession?
My passion for higher education began with my first professional career opportunity as a Haverford admissions counselor. Education had always resonated as a field of interest but I found my true calling in empowering students through every stage of the higher education experience.
What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?
My current work outside of Princeton centers on alumni of color engagement and doctoral student support so I am eager to continue exploring those intersections of education.
Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.
I moved to England about a year after graduate school and worked for three years at what may be comparable to a community college here in the States. Initially I perceived the move as a professional step backward considering my desire to work in a 4-year institution long-term, but over time I've come to appreciate that the broader perspective I gained as a scholar-practitioner in an unfamiliar context allows me to decode systems and processes for students across the spectrum of higher education.
How has Haverford influenced your professional career?
This statement may seem trite, but I know that I would not be where I am today were it not for my experience at Haverford. Not only the time I spent on campus as a student, but the two years serving as an admission counselor really set me on a course toward fulfilling my life purpose. In fairness, none of my accomplishments at Haverford nor since were achieved alone. I credit so much of my personal and professional success to the unsung heroes of the College. People like my mentor and very dear friend, Marilou Allen, provided the tough love, guidance and unconditional support I needed to assert myself in the world. Thank you, ML!