Hello, my name is Liz Woods and I hail from the Great Lakes State – Michigan! Growing up in Michigan, I gained an immense love for the wilderness, spending weekends camping with friends, hiking, catching turtles, mountain biking, and running through fields. This love compelled me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biology, with hopes of someday becoming a Marine Biologist. After serving two years as a Resident Assistant at Central Michigan University, and as a Peer Mentor prior to that, I discovered I also had a passion for working with students. After graduation, in May 2011, I had the opportunity to combine some of my skills while working as the Recreation Wilderness Intern at a camp, and later as the Assistant Crew Coordinator; the aforementioned roles eventually led me to Clemson University, where I am close to completing the first year of a Master’s Degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Counselor Education/Student Affairs.
I feel fortunate to have held all of the positions mentioned above, as they have proved to be extremely rewarding and allowed me to grow tremendously in the areas of self-discipline, leadership, conflict resolution, programming, and mentorship. Friends would describe me as joyful, charismatic, pretty flexible, and driven. Similar to others in the field, I have a heart for people and ensuring that students have equitable opportunities to grow, learn, and thrive in life, by further equipping them with the tools necessary to face both the changes and challenges headed their way.