Thursday, October 23, 2014

New ACA Member Spotlight: Kelsey Thompson

Hometown: Humble, Texas

College(s) attended: UT Austin

Degree(s) earned: BA in Plan II Honors and Women’s and Gender Studies

Current job title and department at UT, date started: Assistant Academic Advisor, Texas Success Initiative, June 9th 2014

Past job titles/companies: College Completion Coach at College Forward

How did you wind up working for UT? I was an Orientation Advisor for 2 years and discovered how much I love advising and working with students. I applied for my job at UT so I could be on campus again and continue that work.

How did you find out about ACA and what made you want to join? My supervisor told me about ACA and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get connected to the advising network on campus, expand my knowledge and skills, and meet more folks working at UT.

UT is a pretty unique place, especially when you first start working here. What’s the strangest thing you’ve discovered about UT so far? I’ve always thought it was interesting that our mascot used to be a dog named Pig.

When you’re not rocking out as an advising professional, what do you like to do for fun? Cycle, read, play board games, trivia, kayak, concerts!  

What’s your favorite Austin-centric thing to do? Kayak on Lady Bird Lake

If you were a superhero, who would be your nemesis? The Daleks

Do you have any special talents for us to exploit I MEAN that we should know about? Just for fun, no ulterior motives here I PROMISE. I can make a really good gluten free chocolate cake! 

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