Working two jobs successfully is a challenge, but doing them simultaneously while going to graduate school and co-instructing a course, now that’s worth noting. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh graduate student Loryn Cornette is doing just that.
Cornette splits her time between working with Career Services and the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Cornette said she was always influenced by her academic advisers when she was an undergraduate student and now she appreciates working with them side by side in professional roles on campus.
“I never knew what I wanted to do through college, so I always really looked up to my academic advisers because they were always so helpful and guiding. I always said I wanted to help other students who are going through and help them find what they want to do,” Cornette said.
Now, that is exactly what Cornette is constantly involved with. In Cornette’s role in the UARC, she works as an academic adviser for nursing students; in Career Services, she advises business students.
One particular UW Oshkosh student really carries what she learned from Cornette with her.
“As a student just accepted to the business program, classes can seem quite overwhelming. However, Loryn is proof that the entire College of Business team is there to support the Oshkosh students in any way they can,” said senior Heather Swanson, a human resources major.
Helping others is a part of who Cornette is; even as an undergraduate at UW Oshkosh, Cornette was helping students succeed. Working as a Peer Advising Liaison (PAL) in Academic Advising, she gained experience working with students and finding a path that would work for them.
Jean Patt, advising assistant director, first met Cornette when she was working as a PAL and noticed her mature, calm personality. Patt said Cornette’s experiences gave her a leg up from learning all the training the students go through.
“She doesn’t get rattled and she is really smart, she knows where to set boundaries and where to pitch in,” Patt said. “She is really able to, as far as I have observed, been able to handle the work of a professional and it sets her apart.”
Cornette also left an impact on Elizabeth Whalley, the director of Undergraduate Academic Advising on campus, while she was working as a PAL. Whalley appreciates Cornette’s positive attitude and how she is always eager to learn and work hard.
“She has great potential in a career in higher education. Plus, combining positions in Career Services and Advising allows her to more easily help students make the connections between the two,” Whalley said.
Now with Cornette in the office, Whalley knows she has even more opportunities to influence UW Oshkosh students in a positive way.
“It is exciting to have a former PAL and someone of her caliber return to the office to work in a more formal advising role. She brings a unique perspective to the role having served undergrads as a PAL and has shown she can combine that experience with what she is learning in the advising role to more effectively serve students,” Whalley said.
Another way Cornette has helped benefit UW Oshkosh students is by co-instructing Business 284 with Jodi Carlson. This professional skills course consisted of 125 students in two sections. Carlson said Cornette has done a great job leading the group.
“Loryn’s confidence has grown significantly as she has proactively taken on numerous opportunities to sharpen her public speaking/teaching skills. She continues to impress me with her ability to create and improve processes for the Professional Skills course,” said Carlson, career adviser in Career Services.
On top of all that, Cornette is still pursuing her master’s in educational leadership at UW Oshkosh. Above all, Cornette said she appreciates working with other students and likes how rewarding it is to work in a college environment.
“Sometimes in Career Services I can really feel like I’ve made an impact on someone when we get an email from a student thanking them for all the help that I’ve given them because they got that internship or they got that job,” Cornette said. “It’s kind of those little things that make a big difference.”
Written by Kristin Stockheimer, Integrated Marketing and Communications STEP student.