By: Amanda Gryga, GWWIB Ambassador
Kasha Klinegores is an advisor in the GW School of Business. She also teaches two sections of BADM 1001, which is the first year development course for all business school students. Her career at GW just began last June when joined the advising department, and she can’t wait to discover all that GW has to offer. She received her undergraduate degree from Roanoake College in Virginia, and then went on to receive a Master’s in Education from the University of South Carolina in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is hoping to pursue a doctorate in the near future.
1. How do you approach your position as an advisor or an FYDP teacher?
I focus on relationship building and personalization. I teach 2 sections of BADM 1001 and advise several hundred students. I want to use anyway that I can to relate to my students because it is important in teaching and advising to put myself in their shoes. I also like to stay up on trends within higher education since I don’t have a traditional business background. In my interview for GW I was asked, “What do you see as the future trends in business education?”
2. What led you to become an advisor?
Reflecting on my college experience, it was the administrators that made my college experience. I learned about GWSB from Natalie McLemore (assistant advising director) whom I went to graduate school with. She always talked about GW and how much she loved it, and really got me interested in advising. You don’t really think of advising as a career path, but appreciative advising focuses on strengths and positivity, and asking questions about hopes and dreams. An advisor can make the difference if you have someone to go to within a big university on an urban campus not only to help academically, but also to be a support system. Looking for a job, I was looking for strong female leadership within the workplace, and I found that with Dr. Espanola (Executive Director of Undergraduate Advising & Programs). I think that female leadership is so important because I have had female leaders in the past that have not been positive, and I have seen what I want to avoid, and how the actual model of leader should be.
3. What are your goals for the semester?
Since I started in June, I want to get to know GW better and how it functions, and to see how I fit in and how things work. Once you really learn that, then you can see what you personally want to improve on. I have gotten to know the student body even after a few months because we do work so closely. It could be said that with teaching (BADM 1001), the first semester I taught this course, I have learned a lot throughout just half a semester. I really want to be a better teacher and develop these skills more. I have of list of growths that I would like to accomplish over the next semester. I also joined the Colonial Inauguration Committee, which helps to maximize the CI experience, and I am helping to develop an online blackboard orientation for external transfers.
4. What advice would you give your college-age self or current college age women?
Don’t doubt yourself especially with things like not knowing what you want to do. Have more faith that things will work out. Trusting more in yourself and in your abilities that you will eventually find an internship, what you want to concentrate in, a minor, and a job. Test out a lot of jobs to figure out what you want.
5. What challenges have you faced as a woman in the professional world and how have you overcome these challenges?
The higher education field actually has a lot of women, which is opposite of the business world. The percentages are flip-flopped. In that sense, you have to up your game because you are competing with many other women that have the same credentials. My mother has a degree in student affairs and is the president of a university, and has shown me the importance of role models and female figures. When you get into a position where you are managing people and staff, you want to know the qualities you should portray. It is tough to be a female in the business world, but to have that person you can talk to and run your ideas by can be great.