Tiara Marshall was born in California, but moved to Illinois with her family when she was 10 years old. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving both her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (2010) and her Masters of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (2014). Tiara has been in Colorado for 4 years and is currently the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship (FRS) at Colorado State University (CSU). She is passionate about student success and her tip to all of her students is always to take advantage of your entire college experience here at CSU. She encourages them to get involved on campus (go abroad, start or join a student organization), utilize the resources that are available to you to ensure your success, find a mentor/peer mentor to remain accountable for your education, and then become that for another student. She is now able to take some of her own advice and is able to fulfill one of her dreams of being a staff member on a Semester at Sea voyage.