Megan Whinery, BVU’s Academic Coordinator

Published on July 14, 2015 by arothstein

Recently, I had a chance to sit down with Megan Whinery, the Academic Coordinator at Broadview University – West Jordan. She had a lot to say about how students can have more fun in college and earn better grades. Here’s the interview:

  1. Please tell us about yourself.

I grew up in a small town called Hurricane, Utah in a big family with no pets. I guess my parents didn’t want the hassle of pets, but I did have a rock collection once, so that’s kind of the same thing, right? I play 3 musical instruments, and I like to read, but sometimes I like Netflix better. I have lived in Utah my whole life, except for a brief stint in Alaska as a 3-year-old. Now I have a husband, an apartment, and a houseplant, but no kids (or pets…still).

  1. What did you get your degree in? Why did you get it?

In college I studied English with an emphasis in professional writing. I chose this major because I love to read and talk about books, but also because I can be kind of nit-picky, which is good for English because you can notice the little things! When people hear I’m an English grad, they panic because they think I’m judging their grammar when they talk. Don’t worry, though. Grammar mistakes only bug me when they’re in official places, like a newspaper.

  1. What do you do as the Broadview University Academic Coordinator?

I do a lot of things: I register new students, I print official transcripts, I order diplomas—lots of paperwork! I also coordinate student events, workshops, and look after the ARC and student resources. I also monitor attendance, so students who miss classes will hear from me.

  1. What do you like about your job?

I really enjoy meeting with students and solving their problems. I love it when a student comes to me with a problem and I know exactly how to fix it. Even if I don’t know exactly how to solve a student’s problem, I do know who can help them.

  1. What should students do if they’re struggling in their classes?

If you are struggling in a class, get help! Get help soon! There are tons of ways for you to get help in your classes: go to the ARC and talk to your program chair or another instructor; form a study group with some classmates; email your instructor to ask for help; email me and ask for tutoring. I want you to have success in your classes, and we have resources for you!

  1. When is the best time to register?

Registration will start Week 4 of the quarter. We’ll send you an email with a suggested full-time schedule, and if it works for you, that’s great. If not, let me or Crystal know so we can adjust your schedule. You are always welcome to email, call, or meet with us to talk about your schedule. Remember, we can change your schedule up to the Friday of Week 1, so if you want a schedule change don’t put it off.

  1. What should students do if they want to get more involved on the West Jordan campus?

Join a club, form a study group, come to campus events! Some programs have specific clubs, like the Vet Tech program; other clubs are for all students, like Student Ambassadors. This quarter we’re having some great events and workshops, and coming to those is a great way of getting involved (and of snagging some free snacks).

  1. What advice would you give to college students about finishing their degree?

Don’t give up! It can be so easy to let life derail you from your degree, and it can be hard to get momentum again. When classes or tests get challenging, or life happens, remember why you started your degree in the first place—you had a passion for something, a desire to be something. Keep that in mind and it will help you get through to the end.

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