This new section of our newsletter highlights GCDA members and their work, helping us get to know more about each other and learn from one another. For this first member spotlight, we have chosen Kristin “Krissy” Cosgrove. Some of you know Krissy as our Graduate Student Representative on the MCDA board this past year.
Krissy completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education / Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Counseling at the University of Maine this past May. Michelle Tullier talked with Krissy recently about her career, her GCDA involvement, and what she does for fun…
What are your career plans now that you’ve graduated, Krissy?
My plans are all set! I’ve been hired as a full-time Academic/Career Coach at St. Joseph’s College and started August 3rd.
How did you come to join GCDA?
I interned in the U. of Maine career center during my master’s program, and GCDA members there encouraged me to join and get involved.
What have you learned from your GCDA involvement?
This is my first big professional association and I’ve learned so much--how meetings are run, what it’s like to attend events. I’ve also learned about career trends. I love that this organization has members in all areas of career development. It’s a great opportunity for me to collect knowledge from all these wonderful perspectives to learn about career development broadly.
What is a highlight of your GCDA involvement?
The Fall 2019 workshop! That was the first professional development event I’d been to. It was great to network with people from across the state. Everyone was so supportive. Also, the food was great!
What do you do for fun?
I love being outside – hiking, swimming. And I’m very interested in personal development and psychology. I enjoy watching daily vlogs of people’s lives, journaling, and reading. I recently read The Secret and found it interesting.
Do you think you’ll go on for a doctorate at some point?
I’m pondering it! I love mental health counseling but I also like the practical side of career counseling. Not sure where I want my future career to go. Maybe leadership in higher education, maybe more of a counseling focus, maybe my own private practice in the future.
Thank you, Krissy!