Advisor's Point of View: Q & A with Lisa Andrews
On the Advising team in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters is Lisa Andrews, Academic Advisor, who has worked for the college for the last seven years. CASL Connect sat down with Lisa to ask her a few questions about her career, challenges, joys, and hobbies.
CASL Connect: Please describe a typical day in your role.
Lisa Andrews: There is no typical day. Every day is unique with priorities that are redefined sometimes hourly. I keep up with a landslide of emails while seeing a steady stream of students, all with different needs, which can be daunting. I conquer the day with prayer, drinking coffee and eating chocolate. Our professors are amazing people who I greatly admire and love to work with and I act as a liaison for the Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology faculty. I am an advocate and go-between for both students and professors to resolve various issues.
CC: What brings you joy/happiness in your job?
LA: Because I have specialized knowledge in which courses will best assist students in their future professions or grad programs, many students have found my advising beneficial. When choosing classes, I tell them why a certain class is valuable and which skill sets they can acquire from it. This is especially helpful to first generation students who often must learn about college culture to become successful here. I am a first-generation student too, so I can anticipate their needs.
My greatest joy is when a student remembers something I said, or a class or activity I recommended, and comes back to tell me that my advising helped. When a student comes to see me for the first time, I feel so gratified upon hearing them say, “This is much more than I expected” or see them reach for my card. I challenge students to become involved with campus activities or to apply for co-ops, internships, see specific professors for mentoring and go to professional development events.
CC: What hobbies do you enjoy?
LA: I have a passion for studying Bible scripture and prophecy. I love to spend time with my family and Chihuahua, Lola and cat, Roger. Indoor and outdoor gardening are soothing activities for me. I frequently read research and listen to lectures online. Three writing projects also keep me busy.
CC: Why do you value your work to CASL and the University?
LA: Many of the students I work with go on to helping careers, such as psychotherapy, medicine, law, government and human services or research. I am proud of being part of their story.
[I remember Halee Fustini.] She was a student of mine who was hired by the Judson Center working with at risk youth. She remembered me say during one of our sessions that we are called to love the unlovable, an anonymous adage I had heard years ago. Right before graduation Halee came to see me one last time. She showed me her tattoo that said Love the unlovable. That was one of my favorite moments ever and made me cry.
Interview compiled by Leah Olajide