This post is part of the SA Snapshots Project. October is Careers in Student Affairs Month and I am shining the spotlight on professionals and graduate students who make a difference in students’ lives every day. Stacy Oliver is the Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life at Indiana University South Bend. Here is her snapshot:
I love the opportunity to engage with students, faculty and staff to create a community on campus. The potential to collaborate and create is endless. Every day is different and every year we start anew.
How long have you been working in student affairs and which functional areas have you worked in?
I started my professional path in 2004. Though my focus has been largely on housing and residential life, I have experience with new student orientation, leadership programming, Greek life, and conduct.
Describe what you do in one sentence.
I oversee daily operation of housing on campus, including everything from assignments to student staff supervision to programming.
Briefly talk about one person who has been instrumental in your career development.
My supervisor in graduate school is a phenomenal mentor and role model to me. She challenges me to be a better professional while also supporting me personally.
If you ever decided to leave the profession, what would you do?
I would freelance as a magazine writer while also teaching English and literature to middle school students.
What is your advice for students interested in student affairs?
Ask other people about their paths. Expose yourself to as many functional areas of student affairs as possible. Volunteer, network, ask questions, visit other campuses. Diversify your perspective of student affairs so you truly know what you want to do and on what type of campus you want to do it.
Stacy can be reached on Twitter via @StacyLOliver.
That was fun, wasn’t it? If you would like to contribute to this project, start here. It’s easy… and it feels good!