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Erika Forslund is one of our new Thrive Advisors and joined us from Clemson University where she served as an Academic Advising and Coaching Specialist in their Academic Success Center. In this role, she has supported undecided students and worked with students who have taken a break from being at Clemson. Erika received her Master of Counselor Education in Student Affairs at Clemson University and her BA in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro.

What drew you to UNC Advising originally?
I grew up in Apex, NC, and wanted to work closer to home after living in Clemson, South Carolina for Grad School and working full time. However, the spirit of the school also drew me to the position, along with the amazing team of people that I met during my interview process.

What is one item you learned in the previous month, whether connected to advising or not?
I have recently learned about attachment styles and how they impact my well-being and self-care!

Who motivates you?
Helping students grow and develop along their academic journeys motivates me every day. Being able to support students as they navigate different points in their academic careers is the reason why I love what I do. I love helping others and being their accountability and support system.

What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is doing what is best for you, so you can thrive!

Who would you select as a mentor if you could choose anybody, and why?
If I could choose anyone to be my mentor, it would be my College Professor, Dr. McCall at UNC Greensboro. She taught me a lot about higher education, and how to help students succeed. She is someone I consider a role model, and contact her whenever I need advice.

What was the most recent book you read?
I am currently reading, Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks!

What would you eat if you had to eat only one meal every day for the rest of your life?
Mac and Cheese!

Could you imagine yourself doing something else instead of what you do now? If so, what would that be?
If I could do anything else besides advising, I could see myself working in Disneyworld or planning weddings!

Are you striving to be known for anything in particular?
I want to be known as someone students can count on!

One thing you would tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?
I would tell my 13-year-old self, it is all going to be ok, just breathe. I would also tell her that, she will do math in her job, but it will not be algebra 🙂

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