AATS Staff Spotlight: Santina Frazer
Posted on July 30, 2018 by Anna Traylor
Santina Frazer is an academic advisor for Pathway USA in Academic Advising & Transfer Services. Ms. Frazer moved to Mobile about a year and a half ago. She has three grown children living in Pittsburgh, Houston, and Phoenix.
Where are you from?
I am from a little town in northeastern Pennsylvania called Jessup that was settled by Italian immigrants
What brought you to Mobile?
My husband accepted a position at South, so I tagged along. I’m so glad I did, as I love living in Mobile. We were both really ready to move south for better weather than Pittsburgh.
What is your educational background?
I have my bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University. The rest of my education came from first-hand experience working in a variety of different fields.
What did you do before advising?
Prior to moving, I worked at a small private university in Pittsburgh as a career counselor. Other positions I’ve had include student support services at a community college, employee assistance program management, and mental health case management.
What is your favorite thing about advising?
I truly enjoy working with the students. The year or so I was unemployed after moving to Mobile, I actually missed that interaction.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten or given?
The best advice I’ve given is to always pursue your passion. Many times students have no idea what they want to major in. We use assessments and encourage them to talk with others in areas they find interesting. Finding your passion definitely increases your chances for success in whatever you do.
How would you like students to define success?
Having students who see their potential and attain their goals. For example, seeing a non-traditional student returning to further their education be inducted into an honors society. In my opinion, that’s a great success toward the student’s ultimate goals. Success is not how much money you make or what you do for a living. It’s feeling happy and proud in what you’re doing.
What’s something you wish you’d known when you were in college?
I never met with an advisor! If I could go back in time, I’d talk to my college self and strongly encourage her to seek out advising services. Advising is an amazing resource,and I wish I’d taken advantage of it.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’ve been blessed to have traveled to many places: Europe, Saudi Arabia, several countries in Africa, and China. However, I still have places on my bucket list like Greece, Russia, and India. I love to travel. It opens your eyes, broadens your horizons, and gives you a greater understanding of people and their culture. I think every student should be required to travel abroad as part of their undergraduate degree.
When you’re not meeting with students, what are you doing?
I’ve been a “gym rat” since college. I enjoy working out at the rec center on campus where you can find me in a spinning, power pilates, or yoga class. I’m also a huge fan of kayaking.