College of Letters & Science
M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University
B.A., French, Minor in Dance, Tufts University
How did you get here?
I took a circuitous path to becoming a career counselor and working at the Career Center. After graduating from college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for work but was willing to consider many options. I explored various “ologies” – psychology, sociology, dance ethnology, linguistic anthropology – as well as fitness, publishing, construction management, human resources, and documentary filmmaking. In the meantime, I studied and performed with a West African drumming and dance group in the Boston area.
Along the way, as I tried out different kinds of jobs and considered possible directions, I developed a set of criteria that I wanted met in my career. While working in an HR and accounting role at a startup tech company, I met with a career counselor and realized that her type of work might suit me. Soon after, I moved back to San Francisco and went to grad school. Besides counseling students and alumni at the Career Center since 2004, I have seen clients in private practice in San Francisco since 1999. I also teach yoga at a studio in San Francisco.
What's cool about your job?
Although students and alumni often share common issues, they each have their unique story and experience. I enjoy learning about what motivates them and helping them see their strengths and gain perspective about their career development; I also appreciate having knowledgeable, helpful and fun colleagues, and opportunities to try out new ideas.
What's the best career advice anyone has given you?
- Being happy is more important than being “important.”
- Follow your curiosity – if something piques your interest, look into it – you never know what you might learn.
Yoga (I earned my 200-hour certificate to teach yoga in 2015), dance, photography, other visual and performing arts, languages, biking; spending time with family, our two cats, and close friends; addressing competing priorities as a working parent.
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