Amanda joined the Berick Center for Student Advising in October 2016. With a background in public health, Amanda began her career in higher education health promotion. She previously served as assistant director of Alice! Health Promotion, within Columbia Health. There she worked to understand and address the connection between stress, sleep and student success. Additionally, she served as co-chair on the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), acting as the liaison between the Columbia University student body and Columbia Health. Amanda integrates her public health and student development background with her role as an adviser. She's passionate about helping students identify, clarify and achieve their goals. Amanda was also the first in her immediate family to attend college and graduate school; she understands many of the unique challenges first-generation college students face. Originally from Indiana, Amanda now resides in Washington Heights in Manhattan. She loves exploring the city on bike, playing softball, cooking and hanging out with her cat, Lola.