I was a week away from graduating college before I knew what I would be doing afterward. I remember how excited I was on that Thursday before commencement when I was able to call Denise and confirm my employment as a NiswongerCARE Advisor. At that point, if someone had asked me what I would be doing I would have said something to the likes of, "I'll be helping students go to college and find jobs they're interested in." If you were to ask me that question now, after a few months on the job, this is what I'll tell you: "I help kids get into college, but that doesn't even begin to describe it fully. How much time do you have?" My job is sitting with students who have never thought of themselves as college-material and showing them just how valuable their talents and interests can be. It's resetting TSAC account after TSAC account to make sure that my schools reach 100% for TN Promise applications so that every senior student at Sullivan East, Central, and North has the opportunity to attend a two year school or TCAT with as few barriers as possible. My job is celebrating with students when they find out that they've been accepted into the school of their dreams. It's reminding anxious teenagers that they are always going to be growing and changing so knowing exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives doesn't have to happen at seventeen. I try to calm nerves and build confidence and that's exactly what my students have done for me, too. Being a CARE Advisor has taught me the value of my own abilities and about the impact that I am capable of having. There is no better feeling than when a student I've worked with pops their head in my door to say hi and let me know about some good thing that has happened in their college planning journey. That's what I do and that's why I love it.