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Meet Stephanie Blair, Career and Academic Advisor
Meet Stephanie Blair, Career and Academic Advisor

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

After discovering my passion for serving students in higher education, I decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at Portland State University. I started the MBA program in September, 2013 and began working as an undergraduate Career and Academic Advisor in July, 2014.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I finished my MBA at Portland State in June, 2015.

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

My favorite thing about PSU's business students is their diversity. Curriculum aside, our students learn a lot from one another! My favorite thing about our programs is that so many of our faculty have industry experience and connections. Students who impress their instructors are inclined to earn incredible references and opportunities.

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

Attending class and completing course work is a very bare minimum. Students have the richest experience when they get involved. This means different things to different students, but student groups, study abroad, internships, mentor programs, workshops, and campus employment all offer opportunities that will lead to greater success after graduation.

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

Students should expect to be treated with warmth, respect, and empathy. Our services cover a broad range of topics, including academic planning, interview strategies, graduate school applications, among many others. Best prepared students come with a list of questions and an open mind.

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

I love communing with nature-- particularly backpacking and rock climbing or just resting on the beach! I also like to see shows at Portland's many great music venues and shop for second-hand clothing. My black cat, Ula, keeps me company at home.

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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 KMC 220 or call 503-725-3712 to make an appointment.

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