Hi! I’m Margaret (she/her) and I’m one of the academic advisors for the undergraduate Department of Public Health. I have been with the Department since August of 2018 and advise students with Last Names K-Z.
A little more about me is that I studied abroad in Germany after high school with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. After that, I knew I wanted to promote and advocate for more North Americans to study abroad. Along the way, though, my goals started to morph.
I started my undergraduate studies at Macomb Community College, then transferred to Wayne State University. I was fascinated by the transfer plans and making sure I was taking appropriate classes. It took me a total of 6 years to graduate! Along the way, I earned an Associate of Arts from MCC, as well as BAs in German and Political Science from WSU.
After graduating, I struggled to find the right career path for me. That was until I talked with a friend who worked in higher education. We chatted and I explained my interest in promoting study abroad and how fascinating the transfer process was. She then suggested I enroll in a graduate program for Higher Education Leadership. I applied for Oakland University’s program and was awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship with the program’s coordinator. This program granted me the opportunity to explore my interests within higher ed. I interned with the study abroad office and held temporary advising positions, as well. Throughout that journey, I found advising to be more of a passion and decided to pursue that upon graduation. I was lucky enough to secure a position within this department at my alma mater a few months after graduation. They’ve been stuck with me ever since!
Overall, because of my undergraduate experience, I am committed to improving the transfer process and student success. I want students to know they have someone who’s on their side and advocating for them. I am also here to assuage your fears and concerns about “not being on-track" for a 4-year graduation timeline. I’m here to help you with your plan and have it work for you. Sometimes we can make the 4 years work, and sometimes we need to extend it a bit. You’re on your own timeline. If you need to take longer to complete your degree, that’s okay!
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, and drinking coffee/tea. Please share your recommendations with me! :)
Now that you've gotten to know me a bit more, I would also like to get to know you - it's why advisors do what we do! The advising team created this brief webform and I would love for you to complete it as a way of sharing more about yourself and your goals with me.
- M. Ed. Higher Education Leadership from Oakland University
- B.A. German and Political Science from Wayne State University
Awards and grants
Awarded the Advocate, Ally, and Accomplice Award at Rainbow Graduation and Homecoming, 2022