Jillian advises all undergraduate students in the school of music in course scheduling, staying on track within their chosen degree path, providing timelines to graduation, and acting as a liaison to various resources both in the School of Music and across campus, especially for first year students.
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
Being a first point of contact for my students. It brings me immense joy to be able to give a student guidance towards the many resources our campus has to offer to make them as successful as possible. Also, being able to sit one on one and work with a student and not only help them find courses that meet degree requirements, but that they will enjoy.
How did Carthage prepare you?
Even though I work on a large campus now, I will always remember the community that Carthage created for me as a student and I encourage my students now to take advantage of creating and leaning on a community of peers to add to their success as an individual student. I also believe that my time working as an Orientation leader really have come into play as I work in an advising role during Freshman orientation now-Understanding how overwhelming all of the information, new environment, and new people everywhere can be has been very valuable as I help new students transition from high school to college. and of course, I am constantly using all of the skills I have gained from my degree to keep students (and parents) entertained while presenting important information, communicating with them throughout the process, and having a solid foundation in music and experience as a music student was a key factor in understanding the many nuances that come with this position.
How has your liberal arts education helped you?
As an academic advisor, I utilize almost every liberal arts skill you can think of on a daily basis with my students. A few examples: Communication is incredibly important when working with students who are completely new to the college academic settings to make sure they are on the right track right from the start. I am constantly having to think about problems from multiple angles when it comes to piecing together a students course schedule with other involvement (Such as ensembles, marching band, organizations). Having been taught in a “hands-on” manner, I take that approach with the students I work with-encouraging them to take their degree into their own hands and showing them step by step how to create their own timelines and locate the classes that will meet degree requirements while allowing them to get the most out of their academic experience.
Tips for current Carthage students:
Don’t be afraid to try something new. This is the time to do it. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and audition for that part, ensemble, whatever it might be. Regardless of the outcome, you will learn from the experience and who knows? You might just find yourself coming back for more! ~Use the resources that are included with your tuition on campus-for example, the Library has so much more than books if you take the time to find out! ~Give yourself time for “fun”. Part of the college experience is creating lasting friendships, memories, and adventures. Do one of the above at least once a week! ~It isn’t always going to be easy. But, you have the support of your faculty, the staff, your mentors, and friends-remember to lean on them when the going gets rough, and help them when their going isn’t easy either!