Every month the Administrative/Professional (A/P) Council highlights an A/P staff member through a series of questions as another way for the Illinois State community to connect. This month readers can get to know Ed Benitez, Academic Advisor, University College.

Job title/position

I am an academic advisor in University College.

What are your responsibilities in this role?

I advise a caseload of approximately 200 students including first-year, continuing, and transfer students. Freshmen comprise the bulk of my caseload, and I advise them starting at ISU Preview (summer orientation) all the way through to the end of their first year at ISU at which point most of them transition to their major department for advising.

How long have you been an employee at ISU?

I have been an academic advisor in University College for seven months.

What do you love most about working at ISU?

I really enjoy the students and sense of community that is built around the University. I enjoy every opportunity I have to interact with my students and have a positive impact.

What is one fact about yourself that might surprise people?

I am a bowler and most recently averaged 215 in my league.

When you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?

I am a big gamer. You can usually find me gaming and chatting with friends after work. Let’s not forget the Chicago Cubs either. I love baseball and try to take in as many of their games as I can.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot would be the Bowling and Billiards Center. I worked there as a student, and it was a fun space.

What quote most inspires you? Why?

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

I really believe in the idea of being able to change. Everyone can step forward and become what they want to be. You only need to take that first step and embrace the change you want to see.