AATS Staff Spotlight: Tameka Thomas
Posted on December 4, 2017 by Whitney Washington
Ms. Tameka Thomas is an academic advisor in AATS. Ms. Thomas is from Daphne, Alabama. She is the middle child and only girl. She enjoys quiet time and intelligent conversation.
What was your educational journey?
Growing up, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, or so I thought. I attended Spring Hill College to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Communications with a minor in Spanish. My goal was to work for a large clothing corporation and potentially move into fashion buying. My plans changed when I accepted a position as a GED Instructor. I worked in this position for one year and fell in love with Higher Education.
How long have you been an Academic Advisor?
I have been supporting students as an Academic Advisor for four years. The best part of my position is seeing students take ownership of their education. I want students to know they are the drivers on their road to success.
If you could travel back to your first year of college, what advice would you give your younger self?
Intern! I waited until my senior year to take advantage of internship opportunities. If I would have started early, I would have had the opportunity to explore several different career fields. I also wish I could have taken the opportunity to Study Abroad. I minored in Spanish. Studying Abroad would have allowed me to connect the language to the culture. I was also constantly stressed out. I was young, so I wish I would have told myself to calm down.
What is a fun fact about you?
My first and my last name both mean the same thing, which is “twin.”
What do you do when you are not in the office?
When I’m not in the office, you can probably catch me in Daphne spending time with my family.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
I always tell my students that it is easier to be exceptional than to be average. No one questions exceptional students. Be an exceptional student!