Shan Meisner



Ed.M., College Student Affairs - Rutgers University

B.A., German Studies - Rutgers University

How did you get here?
A love of travelling and meeting people from different countries led to my undergraduate major in German Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. It also spurred me to apply for a Fulbright grant to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany. Though I loved living abroad for a year and working in education, I figured out from that experience that teaching was not exactly my dream job. After I came back to the US I reflected on my experiences, and, fortunately, learned about the field of college student affairs from a friend. Working at a college in an advising/counseling role sounded perfect to me! So I went to grad school, tried out a bunch of different things within student affairs (like working in new student orientation and international student advising), and found that my graduate assistantship at the career center was, hands-down, what I loved most.

What's cool about your job?
I get to go beyond the small talk of everyday life and delve into important discussions about what people want from life and who they want to be. It’s incredibly cool, and a great privilege.


What's the best career advice anyone has given you?

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s only natural that you’ll compare yourself to your peers, but try not to think solely along the lines of “keeping up” with everyone else. Make sure to consider what courses, internships, extracurricular activities, and career paths spark real interest, and never forget that your career journey is your own, not anyone else’s.

Cooking/eating delicious food, tabletop games with friends, yoga, optimizing my productivity levels by camping out at cafes, travel, and city-building/simulator video games.

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