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Academic Advising

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Sierra Knotts

Title: Undergraduate Academic Advisor I
College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Biological Sciences
Academic Advising
Phone: 803-777-2852
Office: Sumwalt 326


B.S. Animal Sciences, Pennsylvania State University


Hometown: New Jersey

About Me: Hi, my name is Sierra! After studying Animal Sciences and Spanish at Penn State University, I started my career working with service and guide dogs, training them to assist with mobility and visually impaired persons as well as veterans. I then spent time working as a K9 Security Officer at JFK Airport, handling dogs searching for drugs and explosives. I later became certified as a professional dog trainer and behavioral specialist, and started my own business around NYC. Some other fun facts about me include that I spent a year living abroad in Thailand teaching English; I spent 6 months hiking the entire Appalachian Trail; I love hiking, skiing, biking, and kayaking. My current favorite book is a sci-fi adventure called "Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir. I play guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, and I love to play Overwatch competitively!

Favorite Quote: "The only thing I know is that I know nothing" - Socrates

Advice to Students: Remain open-minded, humble, present, and grateful. Keep moving forward and don't be afraid to change. There's only one of everyone, so thanks for keeping this crazy world pretty strange!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.