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Academic Advising Aftermath

Advising picThis is Angela Taylor. Angela is the School of Public Health’s newest academic advisor and the woman that changed my life within 10 minutes of meeting her.

Let me elaborate.

I’ve never been a proponent of academic advising. To me, seeing your advisor was just something that had to be done once a semester to get your hold lifted in order to register for the next semester’s classes. And so, once a semester, that’s what I did: went to advising to get my hold lifted. I didn’t expect my first appointment with Angela to go any differently.

Boy, was I wrong.

Angela asked a lot of questions. Not about my schedule or my credits or classes, but about me: what my high school was like, what I did between high school and college, what I want to do after – all fairly simple questions, until: “When are you going to graduate school?”

I was taken aback. I can honestly say that never once had graduate school crossed my mind prior to walking into Angela’s office. I knew the option was there – my husband had been preparing to apply for months. But until that moment with Angela, I didn’t think it was an option for me. Advising pic 2

Angela laid out all the options in front of me: Behavioral, Social and Community Health; Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Family Health; Physical Activity; Professional Health Education, and finally, Public Health Administration. Bingo! We had a winner! Why Public Health Administration? Because of the job prospects: Public Health Advisor, Public Health Research Coordinator; Program Director. It was that last one that won me over.

Visiting Angela’s office that day set into motion a series of incredible events. Going from thinking that a bachelor’s degree was the end of the educational line for me, to now setting my sights on graduate school was a very sudden and stressful change of gears for me. So, I took a very panicky inventory of all my sources of support and guidance and started reaching out. After tapping out my friends and family, I turned my attention to campus resources, including:

  • CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services). Despite being well aware of this valuable (and free!) service, I had never scheduled a session at CAPS. Less than a week after my life-altering meeting with Angela, I found myself spilling my guts to a CAPS counselor. I walked out of the office on 10th and Jordan feeling a bit lighter than when I’d entered, despite the literal pocket full of information on other mental health services and groups on campus.
  • Professors. It’s easy to experience tunnel vision as an undergraduate, to solely focus on the light at the end that is graduation. This race to the end affords little time to reflect on much of anything. That morning with Angela led to a deep introspection of my time at IU. I thought back on previous professors, and reached out to two in particular who truly impacted me. Not only were they very supportive of my decision to go to graduate school, they had great advice. And I got the chance to do something I neglected to do after I rushed out of their respective finals: thank them for making an impact on me.
  • Career Services. I hate to admit that despite being a Career Services blogger, I had never utilized Career Services until I started gathering the materials I’d need to apply to graduate school, including my resume. I’m excited to meet with Dr. Simmons at our upcoming appointment to polish this very important document.
  • Advising. I have met with Angela more in the past month than I’d ever met any of my advisors in my entire 2 years at IU. Beyond being the woman that prompted this whole journey for me, she has been there with me throughout it. I can’t say enough great things about Angela Taylor.

Had I not met with Angela that fateful day, my educational sights would have ended with my bachelor’s degree. Granted, I’d be much less stressed… but I’d also be much less motivated, less engaged, and less excited. Do yourself a favor – visit your advisor. Share your goals, share your plans. Who knows, maybe your advisor will say something that changes everything.

The advising center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00a to 5:00p. Information for each department is listed below.

Department of Applied Health Science
To schedule an appointment call: (812) 855-3627

Name Major(s) Advised Office Walk-in hours
Shannan Stryjewski Human Development & Family Studies PH C004 Friday: 1:00-4:00pm (fall & spring semesters only)
Angela Taylor Community Health
Health Education
PH C020 Wednesday: 1:00-4:00pm (fall & spring semesters only)

Department of Kinesiology
To schedule an appointment call: (812) 855-5523.

Name Major(s) Advised Office Walk-in hours
Carolyn Estell Exercise Science PH 112 Check the Exercise Science OnCourse site
Donna Lane Exercise Science PH 112 Check the Exercise Science OnCourse site
Cindy Moore Sports Communication (Broadcast & Print)
Sports Marketing & Management
PH 112 Monday: 9:00-11:00AM
Thursday: 1:30-4:30PM
Tammy Nichols Athletic Training
Health Fitness Specialist
PH 112 Wednesday: 1:00-4:00pm (fall and spring semester only)

Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
To schedule an appointment use Starnet or call: (812) 855-4711

Name Majors Advised Office Walk-in hours
Janet Donley All RPTS majors PH C006 Tuesday: 10:00-11:00AM
Wednesday: 1:30-3:00PM
Barbara Grinder All RPTS majors PH C008 Tuesday: 10:00-11:00AM
Wednesday: 1:30-3:00PM

fffffErika Wheeler is a Senior pursuing a degree in Community Health. As a native of Bloomington with no college aspirations, she grew up thinking of Indiana University as nothing but a big pain in her small hometown. She has since changed her mind.


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IUSPH Career Services

Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

•career counseling
•job placement
•volunteer opportunities
•resume and cover letter preparation
•interview skills
•graduate school preparation

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