Michelle Baland

Baland, Michelle
Department: Science And Technology

About Michelle Baland

Where is your hometown?

I was born in Angeles City, in the Philippines.  As a former military brat, our family moved often, but I now consider San Antonio to be my hometown.

What is your educational background?

I have received a Masters of Arts in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in higher education?

Like many older advisors, I fell into it!  I began advising at Texas A&M University in College Station, in the Anthropology department, because of my educational background.  However, I soon discovered how rewarding and engaging in advising students to pursue their career and educational interests could be, so I began to pursue it as a career.  Overall, I have nine years of advising experience at different institutions of higher education, including almost three years, advising students pursuing a health profession.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

One of my hobbies is highpointing, which is hiking to the highest point in every state.  So far, I have been to five, including the highpoint of Texas, Guadalupe Peak.