Academic Resource Center: Corey Hawkins

Please tell us about yourself and your background:
my name is Corey Hawkins and I work in the Academic Resource Center as the Transitions Coordinator. In my role I work with first-time freshmen and transfers with less than thirty credit hours, admitted on a conditional basis. I work with students to help them achieve academic and social goals. I also coordinate the summer TAP (Transition and Academic Prep) program, a ten day intensive bridge program which helps to prepare for the rigor of college life at Webster.

What do you do in your free time?
In my freetime, I enjoy DIYing and constructing. My belief is that I can build and do anything. I also enjoy spending time with my daughter born in March 2018.

How long have you been with Webster?
I have been with Webster since 2014. I began in Admissions and have spent time in the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs office.

How do you help Webster University Online students?
I can help answer many questions online students might have, especially since I have served in three separate divisions of the university.

You answer many questions from students, what are some of our students’ frequently asked questions?
Question: “How does GCP work?” Answer: “How do I approach having a difficult professor?” –Be direct and communicative. We work for you. Let us know when we are not meeting your needs. We cannot help if you do not let us know. We will assume you are good to go.

What part of your job is the most satisfying?
There are many satisfying aspects or working with students. Each day is rarely the same. I love seeing the “AHA’ moment when students realize they have the power to do something they previously thought they could not. Equally important is the moment when students accomplish something they worked hard toward. I do not take those moments for granted.

Do you have any advice for students?
Current students should seek growth while in college. It is said that toddler years are formative years. I believe the years spent in college can be truly impactful, both on self and others. Academic growth is certainly important, but so is emotional and social growth.
Prospective students should think about what they most want out of a college experience. If they do not know, let someone who has been there before guide you.

What’s your favorite part of Webster University?
My favorite part of Webster is my reachability with students. It is important to me that I develop relationships with students as it makes me a better practitioner. It’s cool that I can remember seemingly small facts about students.