Baldridge relates Seuss wisdom to advisement in a new journal article


The wise old words of Dr. Seuss can be applied for any use.
They show what paths you can invent. Loan you courage when yours is spent.
They show you how to lead the way, and take the time for games to play.
But did you know his verse so true, can help you in the work you do?
Well Amanda Baldridge, she knew.

Murray State College employee Amanda Baldridge, director of academic advisement, has authored an article titled Making Sense of Advisement in a Dr. Seuss World. The article appeared in Academic Advising Today, the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) quarterly publication. The journal is distributed electronically to members around the world.

In the article, Baldridge relates popular passages from Dr. Seuss’ books to moments academic advisers may face on a daily basis. For example, Baldridge uses the line “ASAP. Whatever that means. It must mean, ‘Act Swiftly Awesome Pachyderm!’” from the Dr. Seuss book Horton Hears a Who to remind readers that it is important to make sure that students understand acronyms and lingo that may be commonly used among professionals, but may not be known to students.

“The characters and worlds created by Dr. Seuss expose perspectives that are equally filled with wisdom and life lessons,” says Baldridge. “The collegiate environment can be a confusing, crazy world. Finding the ‘sense’ in the ‘nonsense’ is where Dr. Seuss inspired me.”

This isn’t the first time that Baldridge has related children’s literature to the world of academic advisement. Last fall, Baldridge’s article Advising 100 Acre Wood Style was also published in Academic Advising Today. That article used a model based on the famous A.A. Milne “Winnie the Pooh” stories to illustrate important principles of academic advising for today’s student.

“I was really surprised and encouraged about some of the feedback I received with my first article,” she says. “Of course the MSC community was very supportive, but I also received several e-mails from other advisors across the states expressing their support and enjoyment of the article.”

Baldridge says she appreciates the NACADA giving her the opportunity to share what she’s learned with other Academic Advisement professionals. She says that there are many directions she would like to explore in the area of advisement. Baldridge’s dedication and leadership is appreciated by MSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Roger Stacy.

“Amanda Baldridge is a dedicated and innovative professional that shares her enthusiasm with the persons with whom she works daily both at MSC and with her professional colleagues,” says Stacy. “We are fortunate to have members of our Murray State College staff who are willing to take leadership roles. It is certainly not surprising that Ms. Baldridge is willing to make special efforts to share with others across her profession the best practices (and those things that were not successful) that have been learned by the Advisement Team here at Murray.”

“I hope that students and advisors can read this article and smile,” says Baldridge. “While things can get confusing and crazy, there is always a lesson and center to keep you grounded.”

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