IDS Adviser Finds Fulfillment in Helping Students Problem Solve 

A man wearing a black and blue top.Richard Quarshie is the Senior Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Studies Program in University College. He has been with IDS and the College since 2019 where he has helped advise hundreds of IDS students navigate their college careers and earn their Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

How would you best describe your job? 

I would describe my job as challenging and fulfilling at the same time; challenging because of of the level of problem solving involved but fulfilling when I am able to work with a student to resolve that challenge.

What is your favorite part about serving as an academic adviser? 

My favorite part about serving as an academic adviser is when a student walks into my office and is confused and unsure of what to do and I am able to use my skills to calm them down and help them address their concerns. I love my students

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of higher education? 

I love creating content (photography and videography), I also love building and maintaining aquariums. I currently have two freshwater and one saltwater/reef aquarium

What’s one piece of advice you would give to your former self when you were a college student? 

One piece of advice would be to not be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are part of the learning process.

Favorite book: The Harry Potter Series
Favorite TV show: Prison Break
Favorite month: April