College and Career Advisor
Going to college had been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember! When I was about six years old, we moved my oldest brother into his dorm at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I missed him tremendously while he was away, but I also knew that someday I would find myself at a big state school in my own little dorm and feel so proud!
Fast forward about twelve years and my biggest dreams came true! I’d been accepted to the University of Tennessee and was ready to embark on my journey as a Volunteer! I was delighted and enamored with my big, beautiful school, but was also feeling pretty uneasy about the road ahead because I was an undecided student. So many fears swarmed through my head! What would I study? Would I find a job? Would it be worth what I was paying to go here? Would I succeed at this massive school?
I knew I had to conquer my fears by facing them head on! I found my place in student leadership. I got involved with various student organizations such as going on an Alternative Break service trip, joining my residence hall council to plan social events in my dorm, becoming a resident assistant for two and a half years, joining a service sorority, getting involved with the UT Cinema Club and becoming the vice president, getting involved in an undergraduate research project, and becoming an Ignite Team Leader to serve upcoming freshman students transitioning to college. I soon found myself seeing a familiar face everywhere I went on campus, despite there being over 30,000 students! This made UTK home for me, and I loved my big orange home.
I also found in my first semester that I was completely in love with psychology! I knew with this degree I would have my options wide open in terms of how to make a career out of it. After I finished my bachelor’s degree, I spent a year working in my field at both a drug and alcohol residential facility for teenagers, as well as an elementary after school program in Knoxville. This year of working helped me realize what I needed was… more school!
Currently, I am finishing up my master’s degree at Carson-Newman University in school counseling. I hope to start my professional career as a school counselor next school year, and travel and see the world with my high school sweetheart. I serve NiswongerCARE as a College and Career Advisor at Jefferson County High School. I love this position, as I get to work with teenagers to help them find a path for themselves after high school, which I know from experience can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming!
In my free time, I love watching movies with my husband and friends, playing video games, hanging out with our two cats, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or catching up on my favorite shows on Netflix.