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Meet Audrey Pond, Career & Academic Advisor
Meet Audrey Pond, Career & Academic Advisor

What brought you to PSU and how long have you been a SBA advisor?

My attraction to PSU originates from its diverse student population and its location. I wanted to attend a university that was involved in its community and was central to the resources that a city provides. I also highly valued its commitment to sustainability. I transferred from PCC and began working in the SBA as a Peer Advisor in 2014 while I was finishing my degree in Supply and Logistics. After graduating and entering the workforce, I had time to reflect upon my future and I realized that my sincere passion in helping students reach their goals and graduate was one I couldn’t ignore. I became an Academic and Career Advisor in September, 2016.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I received my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration: Supply and Logistics Management right here at Portland State University.

What's your favorite thing about PSU's School of Business?

I have two favorites when it comes to the SBA: I love the dedication that the faculty and staff have to the success of their students and I love our students! There are a number of resources that are available and everyone is committed to the success of each individual.

What’s your best advice for students to make the most of their SBA student experience?

My best advice is to definitely to get involved! This is your opportunity to shape and mold your resume to help distinguish yourself for your future career. Pursue different student organizations, meet new students, explore the different resources that PSU has to offer, seek out leadership opportunities and NETWORK. Get to know your advisors and talk to your professors and fellow students because they are going to be your best resource for success.

What should students expect in an advising appointment and how should they prepare?

In a nutshell, you can expect to be guided in the direction of your goals. Every appointment is catered to what you are looking for and what you need. We can help you with course planning, planning around a full-time job, transferring your credits to PSU, ensuring you graduate on time, finding internships, picking a major, exploring your different career options, discovering different ways for you to get involved, reviewing your resume and cover letter, and so much more. More than anything, you can expect to leave with the correct steps and solutions to help you resolve the problems that might come your way. The best way to prepare for an appointment is to think about your goals and what you want out of your experience and then to come up with different questions for us so that we can help guide you in accomplishing those goals.

What do you like to do when you’re not advising students?

As a northwest native, I love to be active outside and play competitive sports. Soccer is my first sport of choice but adult kickball has slowly creeped into my daily life. You will also find me trying anything that comes with an adrenaline rush and so far bungee jumping has topped the list. When it’s time to relax, I love devouring Taco Bell while cuddling up and watching Netflix with my two dogs, Brutus (boxer/husky mix) and Zoey (golden retriever).

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Make an appointment with your academic advisor at least once every other term. You will need to reserve a time a few weeks in advance. Be sure you are on track to graduate and learn about academic opportunities you may not have considered. Students who meet regularly with advisors are more likely to graduate on time and avoid problems with course availability.

Stop by the Undergraduate Programs Office at UCB 486 or call 503-725-3712 to make an appointment.

Do you just have one or two specific questions about your course plans? Click here to learn about express advising.