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Kristin Sowden serves as Career and Academic Advisor at the University in the Office of Career and Academic Planning. She works with undeclared first-year students on their college transition as well as upperclassmen in their multifaceted career pursuits. In addition, Kristin collaborates with the College of Integrated Science and as their Career Services Liaison. Before coming to Virginia, Kristin attended the College of New Jersey, where she earned a degree in English and Secondary Education.  She now holds her Masters in College Student Personnel Administration from JMU. Kristin also teaches a Career and Life Planning Class for freshmen students at the University. Her professional interests are in educational development, the transfer student experience, and learning communities.