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COSAM Welcomes new student advisor

Published: 05/30/2014

COSAM’s Office of Student Services welcomed a new academic advisor this month, Meredith Jones ’12. She received an undergraduate degree from COSAM in biomedical sciences and then attended Clemson University where she received a master of education with a focus in counselor education.

“While I was a student, I worked for COSAM as a peer advisor. That was when my career path began to take a major shift; no longer did a future in dentistry excite me, but working with students gave me a new perspective and caused me to begin researching graduate programs that focused on higher education and student affairs,” said Jones. “On the first day of graduate school, our professors told us that 'no one ever gets their dream job out of grad school.'  I, however, did! I am so excited to return to The Plains and to be working for the office that sparked my interest in advising!”

In addition to serving as a COSAM Peer Advisor while she was an undergraduate, Jones was also an orientation intern for COSAM, a role that positioned her to advise incoming students on academic-related matters, such as curriculum and course scheduling, as well as a COSAM Leader. The COSAM Leaders are a group of exemplary COSAM students who serve as the official ambassadors for the college.

Outside of COSAM, she worked for Auburn’s First Year Experience Office, serving as a peer instructor for “The Auburn Experience,” which is an extended orientation course. As such, she encouraged students to utilize campus services in order to be successful in their academic careers.

At Clemson, she served as a graduate assistant for Healthy Campus, a program with a mission to create a culture and/or environment that fosters health and wellness, safety, and sustainability. She was also a graduate assistant for the Dean of Students Office in the EMpower Clemson program, which is a student-led effort providing resources about alcohol safety to students. Additionally, she completed an internship with Clemson’s Advising Center in the College of Engineering and Sciences before spending one month in Sheffield, England, in an internship program in the English Teaching Centre at the University of Sheffield. She also finished a practicum with Greek Life and Student Organizations at Furman University.

She has served in numerous leadership roles including as vice president of Chi Sigma Alpha Student Affairs Honor Society at Clemson and as the treasurer of Rho Lambda National Sorority Leadership Society at Auburn. Since June 2013, she has served on the National Academics Committee for her social sorority, Delta Zeta. Furthermore, she is a Clemson University Walter T. Cox Graduate Student Award nominee, a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, and is listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.
COSAM welcomes its newest member of the academic advising team and extends to her a heartfelt WAR EAGLE!

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