Month: July 2018


Advisor of the Month

School: University of South Florida Region: SAACURH
Nominee: Kara Zarnoch Nominator: Gia Rivellini

On-Campus Population: 5400 Chapter Size: 54

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

A quote that has heavily resonated with me this July comes from Doris Lessing who said “any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.” This quote represents the experiences I’ve had with Kara Zarnoch this July, who has presented me with several opportunities that she may or may not realize have helped me blossom.

Kara has been one of our NRHH Advisors since August of last year but I wasn’t able to work closely with her until this summer. Luckily for me, Kara offered me a position to work with her in the Argos Resource Room where she allowed me to assist with tasks that occur behind the scenes of a career in Student Affairs. This offer came after my long journey of deciding to pursue a career in Student Affairs which I will touch on later.

Within this past month Kara has challenged me both as an individual and as a member of the University of South Florida (USF) Housing and Residential Education team and I recognize the growth I have had as a result of this. A skillset that has been an achilles heel for me in the past is fine detail, particularly in the aspect of double checking my work for accuracy. Throughout the month Kara gave me several tasks such as creating rosters, compiling lists, and generating documents that required accurate and precise details. At first I stumbled in the accuracy field but Kara used these moments as learning opportunities for me which has taught me to take a step back and ensure that everything is in order before I present a finished product.

Another skillset Kara has assisted in developing within me is my ability to lead with a “why?” I like to think of myself as a person who thinks creatively and critically but sometimes I struggle with thinking in terms of intentionality and this is something I was able to further expand my capabilities in while working with Kara this month. A new initiative that Kara is instilling in the Fall is an NRHH Executive Board Day Retreat where we will prepare for the new year. Kara allowed me to have a role in making a schedule for how I think this Retreat should look which allowed me to not only think on my feet, but also allowed me to really dig into the question of “why should this be something we spend our time looking into?” which isn’t something I typically do.

Aside from providing me with professional development this month, Kara was a huge support system for me personally. As stated earlier, I have had a long journey coming to terms with my passion for Student Affairs which outweighed my passion for Nursing tenfold. After several pro/con lists and many sleepless nights I made the decision to drop out of the USF Nursing Program to align my path with an eventual masters degree in Student Affairs to which Kara was there to debrief with me every step of the process. She also made it very clear that she was invested in my personal wellness as I have been struggling to cope with my grandmother being hospitalized the entirety of July.

Kara has been such a motivating force for me and has helped me find more confidence in my role here at USF. It is very rare to find someone who is so willing to invest time into your successes and I can say it is for this reason that Kara is deserving of an OTM for July.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-08-01 02:48:16

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