Hello, my name is Cassidy McLaren and I am the Lead Academic Success Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. My long and winding road to academic advising included working as a Pier Supervisor for Royal Caribbean International, working in the mental health and disability field, working as a manager at a lodge in Alaska, construction and demolition (I can really wield a hammer), house painting and landscaping, and working as a physical therapy tech. Whew! It took me awhile to figure out what I truly loved doing, which ended up being working with students in a college setting.
I began my higher education journey at Front Range Community College before transferring and receiving my undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a break (to do all the jobs listed above) I received my Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education degree from CSU (go Rams). I have worked as an advisor in the Psychology Department since September of 2010 and I love it so much that I have no plans to leave!
I love watching students discover their passions, try new things, and gain confidence and independence throughout their time as undergraduates. I particularly like connecting with transfer students (I’ve been in your shoes), discussing study abroad (I spent a year in England at the University of Lancaster as an undergrad), and being a part of the discovery process for your career path (as you can see, mine has been diverse). In the spring I often co-teach a junior seminar for psychology majors who are undecided about their career path.
I’ve been with my partner, Matthew, since 2001 and when we’re not working we’re chasing after our two little kids, Channing and Amara. We lived in Alaska for almost five years, but we’re both from Colorado originally. As a family we love the outdoors, camping, and travel whenever we can. We’ve spent more of our travel time in Europe and South America. We’re looking forward to our Fall 2017 journey with Semester at Sea!