Please join us in celebrating Heather Hardesty as the UK Advising Network's "Top Toot!" honoree for the week of September 14, 2020!
What is your current position, and how long have you been in that role?
I've been an Academic Advisor in the College of Health Sciences since January 2020.
What is your educational and professional background?
I have a Bachelor's in Sociology and a Master's in Higher Education, both from UK. I previously worked for Georgetown College and Bluegrass Community and Technical College as a financial aid advisor.
What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
In my previous role in Financial Aid at BCTC I had the opportunity to volunteer with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to advise student loan borrowers whose colleges had permanently closed regarding their options. I also had the pleasure of presenting a session about federal loans at the state conference.
What do you enjoy most about your current position?
I love the opportunity to build a relationship with my students and really get to know them. I'm looking forward to having even more interactions with some of my advisees by teaching UK 101 this semester!
Why are you a member of the Advising Network?
As Leslie Knope says, "No one achieves anything alone." The Advising Network is a deep well of knowledge and experience that I hope to learn from and contribute to.
What is one tip that you have for new (or seasoned!) advisors?
Lean on your team! We're all here to support each other in the mutual goal of making students lives better. "Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing.’ And I would add that what makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love.”- Leslie Knope. (Because there can never be too many Parks and Recreation quotes.)
Do you have any other interesting facts or information about you that you would like for us to highlight?
I love to read, bake, and listen to podcasts, so if you have a recommendation, feel free to share it with me!
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