About Me

who is jamie gathing?

I am a higher education professional with over 15 years of experience in teaching, coaching, and academic advising.

I work extensively with college students to help them improve their skills and develop new habits all while walking alongside them on their life journey.  It is my honor to motivate and inspire all I come in contact with, typically through copious amounts of laughter and passing along an abundance of smiles.

In my past life I was a collegiate women’s basketball player (and honorary cheerleader).  I didn’t realize in college that I was auditioning for the role that I so happen to currently serve in.  All in all I was gathering research to becoming the person I needed while in college for future collegiate students and beyond.

there’s more…

I come from a family of educators and coaches.  My parents, aunts, uncles, and even my grandmother are and were teachers and coaches.  My mom encouraged me to enter into education, however, I strayed away from the conventional forms of teaching and set my heart on becoming a businesswoman. I majored in Business Marketing at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

I was also an athlete during my time at IU and due to a few serious injuries, my four-year stint was extended to six years.  I tore ACL’s, experienced multiple stress fractures, and had a few pieces of titanium inserted into my bones.  This extension of time altered my path of pursuing business opportunites immediately after what would’ve been my senior year in college.  Instead I was blessed with the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree.  Although my injuries altered my business path, I was grateful for the extended education.

Because we keep it real around here, I have to tell you that after graduating with a master’s degree and finishing my time as an athlete at IU, I was nervous and hesitant about searching for jobs within the marketing world.  I did not return to the career services office for assistance and gave it the ole college try on my own.  I secured an interview with a firm in Chicago and was so nervous throughout the interview.  As the interview came to an end I botched a gimme question.  Needless to say, I did not land the job in Chicago and I went back on the hunt.

Thank goodness a teammate presented an option a few weeks later that I struck gold with.  I know you are not going to believe this, but my first job out of college was not at a fancy marketing firm, my first job out of college was teaching 7th & 8th grade mathematics and being a basketball, volleyball, and track coach.

Of all the straying I did from what runs strong in my genes, teaching and coaching, the two professions welcomed me with open arms.  And I can now, in hindsight say, that my passion for working with students began with this job.

Now don’t get it twisted, I kept to my business roots after a few years and used my business networking skills to land a marketing and sales position in the business world.  I secured a marketing position, that tetered on the line of sales and marketing, for an aerospace engineering company.

just a little bit more…

After securing the marketing position and working there for almost two years, the unexpected happened and I was laid off in 2008 due to the recession.  At the time it was devastating, however, now I can look back on that time and see it for the true blessing it was.  Without being let go, I’m not certain how I would’ve transitioned to working in Higher Education and finding my true passion of working with college students. 

This was also a time where my faith was shaken and strengthened.  I was only a few years removed from graduating with a master’s degree and while back on the job hunt, was constantly being told I was overqualified.  Nothing made sense, but I pressed on until I landed an internship at Kennesaw State University working as an Athletic Academic Advisor.  This opportunity changed my life and opened up doors I could’ve never imagined.

I’m grateful for what I’ve been through even though times were rough and uncertain.   Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today and wouldn’t have the experience to help others navigate through their experiences and setbacks in a positive way.  If I leave you with nothing else than receiving this tidbit from visiting my page, please know that your experiences have a purpose.  Through the highs and lows and ups and downs, I encourage you to keep pushing and keep striving.  Your victory is closer than you think.

need help navigating life?

Now is the time to be intentional with your life and the direction you are heading.  Whether you are starting a new venture or exiting an old scene, partner with me, your personal GPS…aka Navigation Coach, and let’s make sure you stay on track.  

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“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”