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Meet Khaitan Allen, Academic Advisor
Meet Khaitan Allen, Academic Advisor
What brought you to PSU and how long have you been advising?

After 14 years in the Boston area, family and friends have brought me back to the PacNW. Having been an advisor for over 6 years in the TRiO-SSS program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I wished to further enhance my career as an advisor at a public university. I saw an open position for a Career & Academic Advisor in the School of Business…and the rest is (recent) history.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

For my undergraduate degree, I received a B.A., double-majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. For my graduate degree, I received an M.A. in History/Teaching History at UMass Boston.

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

Definitely, the staff, students, and faculty who have created and consistently contributed to such an amazing environment – very supportive, constructive, and dynamic.    

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

Based on my experience my best advice is: Be! Be determined in your education and success; meet with advisors, faculty, peer mentors, and tutors. Be socially active and interact with students in the School of Business and the other colleges on campus. Be adventurous and move beyond your comfort zone, explore and get involved with the many events and gatherings the School of Business and this university has to offer. Be committed to challenging yourself and dare to be more. 

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

I view advising appointments not as a one-stop service, but as a part of a larger process. Saying that students should expect a collegial discussion. I do ask questions because I want to know the student and how can we as a team succeed in reaching the goals. As well, I hope for students to ask questions and be engaged in these gatherings. The appointments go swiftly. In order to make the best out of the time allotted, students should come with questions, be ready to express their perspectives, and bring the needed materials. 

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

Hmm…currently, trying to learn Korean, recovering from trying to stay youthful, watching Liverpool, reading historical fiction, and enjoying the PacNW.