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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 Sonia Escamilla

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Sonia, one of our current students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program!

IMG_1727[1]My name is Sonia Escamilla, and I am a first-year graduate student in the Education Leadership and Policy department. I am also a current graduate assistant in the Center for Intercultural Engagement. Although I have moved multiple times around the country in my life, I call Milwaukee my home. I was born and mostly raised on the southside over the 16th street bridge. My family is my mother, one sister, two brothers, three nephews and one niece. We are all very sarcastic yet loving individuals, and very close with one another. My family is my motivation for everything that I do. I come from a first-generation, single-parent home that was always supportive of my dream to go to college. I also attended Marquette University for my undergraduate career. I graduated in 2016, receiving my degree in Biomedical Sciences. I am the first in my family to pursue a graduate degree and the plan isn’t to stop here!

My favorite educational experience was being part of EOP (Educational Opportunity Program). This TRIO program is designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds be successful in college, and that it did. I am forever grateful for this program, without EOP I may not have been granted the opportunity to go to college, grow as a professional and not only expand my network but have a family on campus. This program helped me become acclimated to campus, meet inspiring individuals, and overall expanding my knowledge.

An exciting opportunity coming up is that I will completing my summer practicum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, working as the STEM Activities Director for Pre-Orientation Programs. This program will welcome students interested in pursuing a STEM career. This will help me prepare for my long-term goal, being an administrative position specifically for a STEM related program. I have never been to the east coast, so I am very excited to enhance my professional development while exploring a new part of the country.

I was drawn to the College of Education through a friend/mentor of mine who also went through the same program. I wanted to pursue a program that I could still return to my first love (STEM) but be in a position to help students be successful in this realm. I also knew that this program would improve helpful skills that are essential to be successful in an administrative role. I ultimately chose Marquette over other competing programs due to the way the curriculum is set up and the assistantship that was also offered in my package. Having an assistantship and practicums included in the curriculum, I knew I would get the needed experience to be a confident and trusted professional. Almost one year in the program, I know I made the right decision thanks to a supportive faculty and cohort.

Outside of the classroom and off campus, I am extremely social and involved. I love traveling, biking, dancing, listening to music, watching sports, volunteering in my community, and love learning new things. In between all these fun things, I LOVE spending time with my family especially babysitting for my nephews and niece. I also love spending my time with my sorority sisters of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. Milwaukee is a great place to explore, try new foods and simply spend time with all my loved ones.

My inspiration is my family. I grew up in extremely humble upbringings and I never imagined myself being in the position that I am in today. Everything I strive for is in the name of my family’s hard work and the sacrifices they made.

Getting to Know Our Students! Meet Anna Wilks

This fall, we’re running a series getting to know students from all our programs in the College of Education. This week, meet Anna Wilks, a graduate student in our Student Affairs in Higher Education program. And, catch up with all our other students on the blog!

anna wilksMy name is Anna Wilks, and I am going into my second and final year in my master’s program studying Student Affairs in Higher Education. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. I moved to Peoria, IL to attend Bradley University where I received a degree in Public Relations. I just celebrated my 3 year anniversary of living in Milwaukee. I love this city! I had moved to Milwaukee after graduating from Bradley for my first job out of college.  After a few years, I decided that the job was not for me, but Milwaukee definitely was. I fell in love with the city and although I knew I wanted to leave my job, I was not ready to leave Milwaukee. I always had an interest in higher education, so I looked into higher education programs in the area and decided on Marquette as my next adventure.

My family is absolutely wonderful and the most important thing to me. I come from a family of learners, adventurers, and hard workers. My parents still live in Indianapolis, along with my sister who is beginning her senior year at the University of Indianapolis studying Public Health. I also have two brothers: one recently graduated with his Master’s in Sports Business and Law from Arizona State University and now works in Athletic Development at University of Texas – San Antonio, and the other is at the start of his sophomore year at St. Louis University studying electrical engineering and gearing up to study abroad in Madrid, Spain next semester. My family is my inspiration, specifically my parents. My dad works in higher education and has shown me that you can love going to work every day. He also inspires me to embrace being a servant leader and continue to seek ways to help others. My mom is an incredibly hard worker and inspires me to be confident and stay true to myself both at work and in life.

My favorite educational experience was my semester abroad!  I studied in Barcelona, Spain my junior year of undergrad, and it was incredible. I traveled often while I was there, and it was an unforgettable experience.  I strongly encourage students to study abroad if they have the opportunity! This year, I am greatly enjoying my practicum experience. I am working as a Graduate Intern in the Admissions Office at Marquette, and I am hoping to grow in my knowledge of admissions and my skills as a student affairs professional in that functional area. I am also excited for my fall classes, especially Higher Education Law.  And of course, I am looking forward to graduation day!

While I don’t have much time outside of the classroom and my assistantship, I do greatly enjoy running, playing music, and traveling. I recently ran my first marathon and it was an incredible experience! Running gives me time to clear my head and it really helps me maintain my physical and mental health.  I also play the piano and violin. Playing music is a wonderful stress reliever to me; I am always happier after playing a bit of music! If I’m not doing any of the above, you will often find me traveling. I have family and friends spread all over the US to visit and I am always seeking new experiences and adventures. As with any hobbies, I would just say that you don’t have to be the best or even good at what you do.  Take the time to enjoy the experience and what it means to you!

Life goes by pretty fast, especially in college and beyond. Every once in a while, take a step back and enjoy where you are in that moment! Take pride in how far you’ve come to be where you are.

Interested in learning more about SAHE at Marquette? Check out our website for all the details; we’re now accepting applications for next year’s cohort!

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!

 

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Sarah Crosby

This fall, we’re running a series getting to know students from all our programs in the College of Education. This week, meet Sarah Crosby, a graduate student from the great state of Illinois. And, catch up with all our other students on the blog!

crosbyMy name is Sarah Crosby, and I have the privilege of being a first-year student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program in the Educational Policy and Leadership department here at Marquette. My role at Marquette–besides that of a graduate student– is as a Graduate Assistant for the College of Education. As I was researching for graduate programs I knew after spending five years in Kansas completing my undergraduate work that I wanted to be closer to home. I am originally from Rockford Illinois,  but I’ve recently relocated to Milwaukee for my graduate degree. However, I would consider Wisconsin to be a central part of my life; for the last twenty years my family and I  have spent the majority of our time in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Besides spending time in Green Lake, my family and I are  huge K-State fans. My family plays a central role in my life, and I am so excited to be close to them again!  When I am not doing school work or my Graduate Assistantship, I love to spend time with my family, being outdoors, working out,  watching K- State sports, and watching old classic tv shows.

As I was researching graduate programs, I was looking for somewhere that was closer to home but — most importantly — had a mission of family and serving others in a holistic approach. Consequently, when I arrived on Marquette’s campus for SAHE’s interview day in February, I instantly felt the family feel that I was looking for, especially in the College of Education. I felt like the faculty and staff I intermingled with really cared about me as an individual and not just a number. That has continued to play out as I am now officially a Marquette student! With that being said, I am incredibly excited for the opportunities that the SAHE program and my  Graduate Assistantship will entail these next two years.

Interested in learning more about SAHE at Marquette? Check out our website for all the details; we’re now accepting applications for next year’s cohort!

 

 

Getting to Know… Our Students! Meet Zachery Cramer

As we continue our series getting to know our students a little better this fall, we’d like to introduce you to Zachery Cramer, one of our SAHE students! And, check back to meet more students each week right here!

DSC_1325My name is Zachery Cramer, and I am a second-year graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program (SAHE)!

I was born and raised in central Illinois — Princeville, IL, to be specific. I’ve been slowly moving north over the years as my undergraduate degree is from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where I studied Hospitality and Tourism Management.

I’ve lived in Milwaukee for a year and a month now! I live on the eastside and about a 5-minute walk from Bradford Beach. It’s definitely a nice change of pace after basically living in a corn field for 22 years.

My dad is a farmer and mechanic, and my mother is a Special Education Aide for middle schools. My younger sister just graduated high school and has been accepted to cosmetology school (so exciting!). Over the last several years, our family has become more dynamic as they have started to foster, and we have welcomed several dozen little ones in and out of our family.

My favorite educational experiences have been through my graduate program. There have been multiple courses where I lacked confidence in the topic areas, but our professors have done an amazing job in challenging my peers and me. Thanks to their work and belief in me, I feel like I’ve become more confident in my academic work and my capacity for engaging in new content.

This year I am serving as the Alumni Relations Chair for the Graduate Organization for Student Affairs in Higher Education (GO SAHE). I’m stoked to be able to engage with our alumni network from the SAHE program to serving as mentors, resources, and more for our current students. I’ll also start job searching in the spring, but I’m not too excited for that process yet.

I work a lot. I have a Graduate Assistantship (GA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I serve as the Riverview GA and the Leadership Programs GA. There, I supervise Resident Assistants, help to oversee a building of 150 students, and facilitate leadership programs for all of campus, from individuals to student organizations. This semester I am doing my graduate internship through the Marquette Student Wellness Center where I supervise the office assistants, work with our marketing and social media, and assist with other programming that comes out of our office.

A hobby that I have gotten into over the last year is running outside. I’ve become a snob where running inside is no longer enjoyable, and I need to be outside in the fresh air. This semester I plan on running three 5Ks! The Panther Prowl (UWM), Homecoming 5K (Marquette), and Hustle for Hearing (NIU). Running has been a very calming way for me to get outside and exercise while also allowing me to decompress after a long day/week.

I’ve also started “reading” audiobooks. Thanks to OverDrive (a super helpful app to check out) I can register my Milwaukee Public Library card. It allows me to check out books for a week at a time and listen while I’m commuting back and forth from Marquette to UWM to home. Just in August and September I finished seven books. If you have recommendations for good dystopian books, please let me know!

I really want to be able to support students as they go through their collegiate careers. When I was an undergraduate student I changed my major six times and never felt like I belonged in the classroom. It was thanks to student affairs professionals that I felt connected to the campus and the activities in which I was engaged. Thanks to these experiences and professionals, I now know that I am in the right place and doing the work that I’m meant to do.

I want to give a shout-out to some of my cohort members! Without them and the connections and experiences we have, graduate school would have been ten times harder than it already is. When I first decided to come here I was worried about being queer at a Jesuit institution, but I’ve felt supported the whole time I’ve been here! For those cohort members that work with me, thank you for making sure my work is quality and supporting me when I needed help. For those that share identities with me, thank you for helping to make being queer at Marquette possible. For those that meet up with me every Sunday for coffee, crying, and reading, thank you for always being willing to stay on topic (or completely veer off track).

 


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