New Advisor Opens Door

Advisors Jessica Galan and John Tankersley began working at the International Office three weeks ago, and are shadowing the current full-time advisors.

“I submitted an application packet, then was interviewed twice,” Tankersley said. “I’m not sure how large the pool is, but I know that SCC’s advising positions are always very competitive, so I’m honored to be selected.”

Advisors help students with their academic planning, but in the International Office, that duty is compounded by other issues: mainly the legal immigration status of International Students. If for any reason students lose their legal status, they are at risk of having to leave the United States and return to their home country.

“I’ll be helping students with a variety of issues having to do with living in what, for them, is a foreign country,” Tankersley said. “So far I have been helping students accept or reject offers of admission from universities, answering immigration questions related to remaining legal in the US, directing course selection, and maximizing opportunities for transfer to universities both inside and outside Washington.”

The advisors have spent time learning how to help students, as well as certain specifications unique to SCC. Tankersley was an International Student Advisor for almost 10 years before coming to SCC, and is still learning new techniques.

“The schools at which I’ve advised did not have V grades, or use such a wide variety of degree plans,” he said. “And of course I’m getting to know the key players around campus who can help me to help students. I need to get up to speed on these institutional specifics so that I can be sure to have every possible piece of information at my disposal so that students can maximize their educational attainment here at Shoreline.”

The decision as to when the advisors will be available in their full capacity has not yet been made. They are already available to students during walk-in hours and Tankersley encourages students to “Come on in.”

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