Karin Hodge, MA
I advise students who major or minor in microbiology or molecular genetics. I have worked with a lot of students interested in going into the medical field—nurses, medical laboratory scientists, and aspiring physical therapists, physician’s assistants, and MDs. I spent the last five years advising first year students; each year I seem to relive the excitement and terror of that first week on campus. I was the first in my family to go to college, so I also enjoy working with first generation students, as well as international students.
I love getting to know students, hearing about their families and hometowns, as well as their goals. One of my favorite parts of advising is talking with students to help them see themselves or a situation a little differently. We often come to college with a set of perceptions. One of the greatest things about an academic environment is that those perceptions get challenged. To help students realize that they can survive those mini identity crises and learn from them, too, is really powerful.
I think we make bad decisions when we are poorly resourced. The currency that advisors offer is information and experience. Advisors simply advise. As young adults, you can choose to do whatever you want to with that advice. Ultimately, the decisions you make are your own. But, talking with an advisor ensures that you have accurate and timely information with which to make your decision.