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Reflections on my First Year of Grad School

downloadBy Jordan Mason

As spring begins to make its appearance, a semester draws to a close. While there are still a few projects and assessments to be completed, I find myself in awe of how quickly this past year has flown. As a graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program here in the College of Education, I have almost successfully completed two of our four semesters. In that time, there have been several people and things for whom and which I have been grateful. I thought I’d share a few of them with you.

  • Our top-notch faculty: I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of faculty I am taught by. Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger is an outstanding wealth of knowledge; she encourages us to think critically and pushes us to explore other perspectives. Fr. Andy Thon brings his years of experience in Student Affairs and on Marquette’s campus to provide us with a better understanding of how institutions of higher education operate. Dr. Karen Evans provided our cohort with a solid foundation of research concepts to utilize in our courses and careers to come, and Dr. Jodi Blahnik of Marquette’s Counseling Center has prepared us to navigate the world of helping students more effectively. I am grateful to our faculty.
  • The opportunities this program provides: I have also been impressed by the immense opportunities available to us as SAHE and COE students. For example, a cohortmate of mine is taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland. Two of my classmates serve on executive boards for higher education organizations. Our practicum requirement ensures we will gain valuable experience in a Student Affairs environment, and the variety of assistantship opportunities allow us to explore our interests and passions. I am grateful for the experiences I have had in the SAHE program.
  • My wonderful cohortmates: Most importantly, I am grateful for the individuals I am experiencing this program with. I appreciate the conversations we have regarding topics in higher education. I appreciate the support we provide one another during a stressful week. I appreciate the laughs and the friendships built to last long after graduation. I am grateful for my cohortmates.

I am grateful every day for choosing Marquette University as the institution to pursue Student Affairs. Thank you, Marquette!

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Jordan Mason

This fall, we’ve been getting to know our students a little bit better. This week, we’re focusing on Jordan Mason, a first-year graduate student in the College. Want to catch up with our other students? Check out our entire series!

jordanMy name is Jordan Mason, and I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Education, focus in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). I am a member of the first-year cohort. I grew up in Holmen, Wisconsin, 20 minutes north of La Crosse on the western side of Wisconsin. This will be my fifth year living in Milwaukee, as I attended Alverno College – another institution of higher education in Milwaukee – for my undergraduate degree.

My family is a fabulous support system! Growing up, I lived with my parents and two younger brothers, Dylan and Gavin. They now attend Viterbo University in La Crosse. My favorite education experiences were my two study abroad experiences! In the fall of 2016, I participated in Semester at Sea, a program in which students travel to 14 different countries via shipboard travel. In addition, this past summer I was able to travel to Poland, Sweden, and Denmark as part of a short-term study abroad class titled Coastal Cities: The Baltic Sea. This academic year I am excited to engage with the students in my cohort – learning from their backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Marquette was on my list of schools I hoped to attend for my undergraduate degree, but I was unable to attend. When I found out Marquette had a SAHE program, it rose to the top of my list of graduate schools. Furthermore, the theory-to-practice model and the cohort model truly impressed me. I also felt right at home when I visited campus; I knew Marquette was the university for me!

Traveling is my favorite activity outside of the classroom, even if time only allows day trips. I feel there is so much to learn from other places and the people to live there. My best advice is to put away your spare change when saving to travel. It might not seem like that much on a daily basis, but when it is counted after a longer period of time, it adds up to a good chunk of travel money!

My inspiration for pursuing a degree in Student Affairs is actually my undergraduate self. My undergraduate experience was incredibly transformative for me; I explored my identities more deeply and endured life changing events. I was able to persist through college and excel due to the support I received from Student Affairs professionals at Alverno College. I hope to support students through their journeys, just as I was supported through mine.

Interested in learning more about Student Affairs in Higher Education or any of our other graduate programs? Head on over to the College of Education’s website for more information!

 


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