Carly Sylvester, Student Service Coordinator: Julia Sears

Graduate Assistant

Address: 111 Carkoski Commons, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5638

Education: I graduated from Winona State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, along with minors in Psychology, Sociology, and Child Advocacy Studies. I am currently pursuing my Master of Science in Professional School Counseling here at MSU Mankato.

What I like about being a SSC: I appreciate all of the interactions I get in my day to day. Whether it’s connecting with staff or students, there never seems to be a dull moment. Being an SSC has given me the opportunity to grow and strengthen my skills in administration and supervision duties. I always enjoy walking into work and being greeted by all of our amazing staff.

Student Connections: Connecting with the students is one of my favorite parts of my position. I love talking with our residents, CAs, and desk staff and learning more about them. It’s so fun finding similarities and connecting off that.

Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: My favorite memory of being an SSC was growing closer to our staff members and residents as we prepare for the Homecoming Lip Sync battle. After spending a few weeks together practicing, I was able to really connect with and get to know everyone on a more personal level. We had so much fun practicing our routine and performing. We watched the streaming of the Lip Sync battle together and celebrated as a team when Sears Squad was announced the winners (for the second year in a row!).

Professional Development: I am grateful for the professional development opportunities offered to me. The work I do allows me to continue learning and growing, and attending conferences provides me with even more knowledge to implement as an SSC and future school counselor.

Position Balance and Academics: Balance in all areas of life is something I work hard towards, but as a student I especially value balance between my position and academics. Staff here recognize that you are a student first, and ensure you make your academics a priority over work. Balance is possible here. This position allows for a lot of flexibility with my schedule to ensure I am always putting my student role first.

My Professional Dream: My professional dream is to earn my Master of Science in Professional School Counseling and work in a high school as a School Counselor. I’m really looking forward to helping students grow academically, personally, and socially, and supporting and accepting students for who they are and the dreams they have.

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