Shan Meisner





Ed.M., College Student Affairs - Rutgers University

B.A., German Studies - Rutgers University

How did you get here?

My eagerness to travel and meet people from different countries led to my undergrad major in German Studies and an Asian Studies minor. It also spurred me to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany through the Fulbright Program. Though I loved living abroad, working in education, and getting to know my students, I discovered that teaching wasn’t my dream job. When I returned to the US I still had little idea what career to pursue. Honestly, it was rough to transition from an exciting life abroad to living with my parents again, facing unemployment, and interacting with friends who had all moved forward in their careers. Fortunately, a friend introduced me to the field of college student affairs. Working in a college advising/counseling role sounded perfect to me, so I went to grad school, tried out a bunch of different roles, and realized that my graduate assistantship at the career center was what I enjoyed most. 

Who do you work with? What's cool about your job?

I work with College of Engineering students and L&S humanities & social science students (specializing in government, law, and public policy). I'm also the liaison to the Transfer Student Center, which means I help ensure that our awesome transfer student population has the support and information needed to move forward in career exploration and planning, even whilst adapting to this new environment. What's cool about my job: I get to go beyond the small talk of everyday life to delve into important discussions about what people want from life and who they want to be!


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 others, but try not to think solely along the lines of “keeping up” with everyone else. Be sure to consider what courses, internships, activities, and career paths spark real interest, and never forget that your career journey is your own, not anyone else’s.


Grocery shopping (Yes, I think of that as a hobby! It's my dream to live above or right next to a Trader Joe's); Reading food blogs and trying out recipes; Board games; Yoga; City-building/simulator video games; Journaling-- I've kept journals since I was 8 years old! 

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