1. What Led You To Pursue A Degree In Higher Education Leadership?
During my undergrad years, I had always wanted to pursue education past a bachelor’s degree. While I was unsure what that meant precisely, I wanted to be in a position that allowed me to help people pursue their goals. The years I spent working in higher education right after graduating allowed me to hone in on my specific passion, which is the development and mentorship of young minds and aiding students in their pursuits.
One of the main reasons for pursuing a degree in Higher Education Leadership was that it set me up for success in the future, and it has and will continue to open doors for me in my career. Additionally, the program allows me to learn under experts in their field who are very passionate about the same things as me.
2. How Has Your Time In The Program Influenced Your Life And Worldview?
The first thing that stood out to me because of this program was the simple fact that there is so much that I do not know. I believe this is still true and though I still have a lot to learn, higher education is an ever-evolving journey that will probably never be completely understood. This program has given me a glimpse into the processes and developmental stages of students that I often reflect on and use when I address, lead, or interact with students. By understanding that every student is unique and gifted in their own way, I am able to serve them much better than I would have before.
3. What Would You Say To Someone Who Is Looking To Enter The Program?
I would advise them to connect with their professors as much as possible. Every instructor I have had has always been more than willing to set aside time to help with a paper or even a short phone call to answer questions about a specific assignment. Add as much interaction to your experience as possible. Get to know your classmates and create a support system around you. I have an amazing support system with a couple of my classmates.
4. What Are Your Goals Or Plans After Obtaining Your Degree?
I am currently a Director of Student Activities, and I hope that I can continue to serve the students at my institution well for many years. I want to be in higher education for a long time, and while I am very content with my current position, I do have a desire to move up in the future. In the future, I hope to obtain a doctorate of some kind in higher education. Though I am not sure exactly what they may look like, I am confident that it will have something to do with leadership or development.