Barbara Mendez

Barbara Mendez Academic Advisor
Northern Arizona University
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences

Phoenix, Arizona

Degree (s)
Bachelor of Arts in History

What do you enjoy most about working with NAU undergrads?
I enjoy learning what motivates students who are exploring their career options, and I like to provide positive and neutral support so students can get closer to achieving their goals.

What is your favorite place on campus?
The little fish pond area near the Student Union.

Why should students take advantage of the Student Success Coaching program?
Because this program provides quick and to-the-point support to assist students reach goals or conquer issues.

Student Success Coach 4 Significance
As a Student Success Coach, my focus is to ensure that I provide support for students as well as following up.

What's surprised you most about your career path?
The realization that I could shape my career according to what I enjoyed doing.  I studied world history and was unsure about a career with that degree; I took a risk and ended up living and working in Paris, France for six years. Europe's rich history became an open lab that I couldn't get from textbooks--and I had a job!