April Advisor Spotlight: Emily Yttri

Emily YttriEmily Yttri is this month’s spotlight. Emily, a Chicago native, has lived in Nashville for 17 years. She came to TN to study at Vanderbilt University where she completed her undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development and her graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. Emily is currently working towards completing her MS in Information Systems with a concentration in Business Analytics in our own Jones College of Business.

Emily has been an advisor with the Jones College of Business at MTSU for 5 ½ years. Her favorite part about working at MTSU is getting to know the students. Emily says, “I admire all that our students are able to juggle, from academics to work to extracurriculars. I enjoy helping them identify their goals as well as the steps they need to take to reach them.”

Dale Carnegie
Emily completed the Dale Carnegie Certification training and taught over 150 students Jones College’s BUS 3000 course, Dale Carnegie Communications and Human Relations Seminar. Her dedication to teaching the BUS 3000 curriculum was recognized in 2019 when she was awarded MTSU Outstanding Dale Carnegie Trainer for 2018-2019.

When asked what mantra she lives by Emily says that as a Dale Carnegie instructor, it’s only fitting to quote him: “If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.”

Dedication to Her Craft
Emily presented numerous times at NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising. She presented throughout the US and abroad in Dublin, Ireland speaking on topics on engaging students through relational advising and developing a first-year business student seminar. She was instrumental in developing and executing events like Lunch on Us, Pop In, Perk Up and Bounce Out. Along with a team of business advisors, she co-created BUS 1000: Introduction to Jones College, an important course for business students who need guidance in determining their field of study.
Advice for Students
Emily’s advice for students for first-year students is, “Be intentional about how you choose to spend your time. This is the first real chance you have to dictate everything about your schedule from your personal life to your academics. Make it count!” Her advice for students in their last semester at MTSU is to savor this time and make memories. She says, “Also, if you haven’t secured a job yet, make use of the great career resources here at MTSU such as the Career Development Center, IGNITE events and your faculty advisor.”