Chuck Erickson

Independent College Consultant

College Connectors

1. What did you study in college?  Was your plan to enter the higher education world?

I have a Bachelor in Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor in Music in Choral/General Musics Education, both from Lawrence University.  After my student teaching experience, I made the decision to work in higher education, specifically in admissions.  I worked at Lawrence University for a year before heading to Iowa State University to earn my Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in Higher Education & Student Affairs.  I then worked at Grinnell College and returned back to Lawrence University in 2006.

2. What inspires you most about your job?

I left my full time job in Admissions in 2016 to start working full time as an Independent Educational Consultant with College Connectors.  I love being able to work one-on-one with students and families to truly help them navigate the college search and application process.  I love meeting with them in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends when we have plenty of time to chat about everything that is going on.

3. What is the best part of what you do?

Working with students is the best part of my job.  The seniors have weekly meetings with me and they always leave with more things checked off from their college application to-do list.  I love being able to help them relax and feel confident through this process.  I also really enjoy touring colleges and universities throughout the country.

4. How has being a member of WACAC helped you?

Since switching to my work as an Independent Education Consultant, WACAC has helped me to remain connected to my friends who work in Admissions at the various colleges and universities in Wisconsin.  It has also enabled me to learn more about the roll of school counselors in the college search and application process.

5. What is one piece of advice you would give a new admissions counselor or high school counselor?

Learn about all the various people that are helping your students through the process.  It could be parents, guardians, relatives, friends, Community Based Organizations, or even an Independent Education Consultant, then consider reaching out to those people to see how you can help them help your students.

6. What is an interesting fact about you that has nothing to do with admissions counseling?

In 1997, I was a soloist with the Sound of America Choir and we went on a four week tour of Europe where we performed in seven countries along with the Sound of America Band.

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