Ólöf Thórdardóttir

Teaching Professions Helped Guide Student to University Career

Ólöf Thórdardóttir
Ólöf Thórdardóttir, a 2008 Stow-Munroe Falls graduate, says her year in Teaching Professions College Tech Prep gave her insight into her future career path. “I always wanted to be a teacher,” says the native of Iceland. “Although I enjoyed the experience of being in the K-12 classroom as part of Teaching Professions, I realized it was not the right fit for me.”

Ólöf says her time with teachers Rhonda Butler and Sue Kepler “was really crucial” and she “loved getting to know students from other schools.” But because she was attending Kent State University taking post-secondary classes, she was not able to enroll in the CTP Initiative her senior year.

After graduating from KSU in three years with a degree in Communication Studies, Ólöf immediately began working on a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. “I wanted to be at the University level,” she explains.

Ólöf graduated in 2013 and worked as a fulltime Academic Advisor to undergraduates
in the College of Public Health. Recently, she took a similar position in the KSU Honors College.
“I absolutely love what I do and work with some wonderful students,” Ólöf says. “I make sure they meet all of their academic requirements and are aware of academic and career opportunities. I also serve as staff advisor for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the Honors College Policy Council.”