It’s that time of year again. No, I am not referring to the hundreds of Elon students celebrating their graduation, though that is certainly an exciting time to be here on campus.
I am referring to the passing of the torch to the new Career Advising Fellows! I remember the excitement I experienced when I found out I would be featured on the blog that I came so dearly to enjoy as I was job searching.
I am equally excited to welcome our 8th cycle of Career Advising Fellows, Taylor Brock and Ricky Patterson, to the Phoenix family for the 2018-2019 Academic year. I’m also grateful and happy to announce that I’ll be able to continue my career journey at Elon, allowing me to be able to share insights with Taylor and Ricky while also watching them grow professionally. We are looking forward to seeing what fresh energy, new perspectives, and ideas they will bring to the Student Professional Development Center!
Taylor Brock is originally from Portsmouth, Virginia and earned a B.A. in English from Radford University. Most recently she graduated from the University of Virginia with a M.Ed. in Higher Education. She became interested in career advising while working at her graduate assistantship where she supervised student employees. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys writing, reading, and coloring and discovering new music and restaurants. She dreams of one day visiting the town that the Gilmore Girls set was based upon. Taylor is excited explore Elon and become part of the SPDC team.
Ricky Patterson is originally from the small-town of Due West, South Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, from the College of Charleston. After a gap year of working in sports broadcasting with Clemson University Athletics, he decided to continue his education at Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian, he obtained a Master of Arts in College Student Development with a concentration in Student Affairs. While working in Academic Services for Student Athletes at Appalachian, he learned about the importance of thinking of next steps and what was possible after an athletic playing career ends. It was because of this that he learned about career development and truly developed a passion within this area.
In his spare time, Ricky enjoys watching movies of all genres (except horror) and reading books about history and theology. He also loves watching sports, especially basketball. Ricky is thrilled to join Elon’s SPDC team as one of the Career Fellows for the 2018-2019 year and assist with helping Elon students think about their next steps!