Please welcome the 2017-2018 Leadership Pipeline class. The nine participants that make up this year’s class will share their experiences about participating in RMASFAA’s renowned professional development program. It’s time to meet Karina Moulton.
What is your current position and how long have you worked in financial aid?
I am the Scholarship & Work Study Officer at Helena College University of Montana. This is my 4th year as a professional in the industry, and I have 4 ½ years as a Financial Aid Work Study.
Who is your Leadership Pipeline mentor, and describe your relationship with them?
My mentor is Sara Vancil. She works in Lawrence, Kansas at the University of Kansas. We are freakishly similar in that we are always taking notes, making lists and are very meticulous in everything we do. I don’t know how they match mentors and mentees, but they really hit the nail on the head! Sara has been so wonderful to work with, and I look forward to working with her the rest of the year.
Why did you decide to join Leadership Pipeline?
I am early in my career as a Financial Aid Specialist and am still learning the ropes. I have learned so much from my Director and co-workers but needed something more. During the state and regional conferences, I find myself meeting new people who I can turn to with questions in the future. Everyone is always so helpful, and I thought this program would really give me an advantage. I have never held any type of office and have been curious about getting involved at the state or regional levels. I believe this program can bring me to a more professional level of my career and help me build the confidence to take on a leadership position.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far?
My mentor, Sara, had me complete a personality test. After reading the results, I realized they were so accurate it was a little scary! I have learned it takes all kinds, and you have to know who you are and how you communicate, in order to work with other types of people in your area. Knowing yourself is the best way to take inventory of what you need to work on to become a leader.
What is it that you are hoping to come away with at the end of the program?
I want to build my confidence level, volunteer at a state or regional level and meet new people. I feel like this will give me more direction in where I want to go in my career as a Financial Aid Specialist.
Why would you recommend the Leadership Pipeline Program to others?
I would recommend this to anyone, at any level. Having a mentor to talk with and discuss not only what is going on in the class but also what may be going on at your institution or in your department, is a great way to learn. Not just working with the mentors, but the other mentees in your class is so valuable. During the conference call discussions, sometimes you have those, “oh good, I’m not alone” moments.