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Krys Cooper

Academic Success Advocate

Biography

What does it mean to be Academic Success Advocate? I have a favorite saying that goes like this “Tell me, and I Forget, Teach me, and I Remember, Involve me and I Learn.” When I think of an Academic Success Advocate, this is what comes to mind. ASAs will be involved in the student’s academic success from the first day of class until the last. ASAs will help provide the tools and resources they need to be successful throughout their educational journey. Simply put, education equals elevation, and Academic Success Advocates puts the student's education above everything else.

Share your undergraduate experience or journey.

Go to college they said… it will be fun they said.

Moreover, guess what, they were so right.  The illustrious HBCU Tuskegee University has this saying that “college days swiftly pass” and nothing could be more accurate. Now, what no one did say was to- develop a backup college/career plan your freshman/sophomore year on how you plan to use your degree. Also, do not take out too many student loans; see what the job market is like for your chosen career field, and whatever you do, DO NOT PANIC!!

Now, I always considered myself a responsible young adult before entering college but when you have to make sure you manage your time so that you could eat in the café for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, manage to go to class, work on group projects, have a social life, and go to work. You quickly start to rethink when you were ten years old, and you were so ready to grow up.

Let’s not get started on continuously chasing down teachers or advisors for signatures because the classes closed faster than a cat trying to get out of the rain. I am often asked if I had to do it all over again, would I. Sometimes when I think back on the two jobs I held all of my freshman, sophomore, and junior year, and the three jobs I held my senior year, Uhm mm. Why would I not want to do that over? Why would I not want to be able to attend all the parties, off-campus events, sleep in on the weekend, miss bonus points opportunities for class, or live the life that typical 18-22-year-olds were living? Just sitting here typing makes me think like “was I that crazy.” The truth of the matter I, if I could go back, I would do it all over again. I often question myself and my choices in colleges and wonder “what if."

Nevertheless, my fondest memories happened the four years I attended TU. Some of my closest friendships started there, and best of all I met the love of my life there. My dream journey was to major in political science, go to a top law school, and become the youngest partner at a top firm. My reality, I continued my education and eight seven years after graduating with my Bachelor's I eventually graduated with my Ph.D.  Though my college plans changed, my journey is still being written, and I look forward to what is to come.

 

Outside of work

Outside of work I enjoy long walks on the beach, curling up with a good book in front of a well-lit fire while sipping a cup of hot cocoa. SIKE!! Outside of work I am a very adventurous, risk-taking individual. I enjoy playing sports with my spouse, talking on the phone, organizing anything I can get my hands on (I really should be a professional organizer), and binge-watching television shows. Oh, cannot forget to mention I love to cook/bake and I love to eat.

 

My pledge to you is to…

Adhere to your needs
Develop solutions
Give you a Voice 
Open-line of communication∙
Strong Champion for your success∙
Offer Advice
Always Thinking of the best outcome
Always Empower you∙

 


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