Graduate degree(s): I have a Masters (M.Ed.) in Enrollment Management. Twelve years after I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I decided to go back to school because I wanted to learn as much as I could about the career I loved.
Favorite class(es): Leadership Development
I changed my major several times - Undecided to Pre-Law to Elementary Education. Looking back, I realize that my favorite courses revolved around Leadership Development. In retrospect, I wish I had taken the time to meet with my advisor to discuss this interest instead of trying to guess which major would make my parents happy.
Moving from college to career:
I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 1998 and almost immediately started working as the Head Volleyball Coach at a small liberal arts college several hours from where I lived. I have spent 12 of the last 14 years working in higher education.
My career began in athletics, however, within the last five years, I have shifted away from athletics and now work solely in enrollment management. The skills I learned while coaching have served me well in my new position.
I was a first generation college student who had several mentors throughout my college career. They were instrumental in guiding me through the maze of courses, financial aid, res life, and career choices that characterize the journey towards college graduation. Their influence caused me to accept a position at a college right after graduation, and I have never regretted it. Working in higher education is a rewarding career.