Program: MA in Student Affairs
Current internship/assistantship: Career Advisor (intern), Chatham University Office of Career Development & Graduate Assistant, Carlow University College of Professional Studies
Career goals (may include short and long-term):
Academic Advisor or Career Counselor (short-term)
Dean of Students or Academic Affairs (long-term)
What have been the highlights of your time in the MA program?
The highlight of my time in the MA program has honestly been working with Dr. Schwartz. She has put so much time and effort into making this program what it should be. If it weren't for her persistence, we would not have the increase in the number of Graduate Assistantships available to us.
How did the program help you clarify your career goals?
The program helped me clarify that seeing students succeed is something that never grows old for me. It is something that I look forward to continuing to do for each student who walks through my door.
What advice or perspective would you offer to people considering the MA in Student Affairs at Carlow?
Carlow is one of the places that will immediately make you feel at home. Even though it is a graduate program, the professors at Carlow and even the staff are always there to help and lend a listening ear.
What advice would you offer new students?
Never be afraid to ask for help, even in graduate school!
Program: MA in Student
Current Internship/Graduate Assistant
Positions: Academic Coach and Undergraduate Research
Coordinator, Student Support Services, Penn State Greater
Allegheny; Graduate Assistant Carlow University Honors Program
Career goals: To work in higher education
in a Bridge or TRIO Program that works to support student success
for first generation students, low-income students and/or students
with learning or physical disabilities.
What have been the highlights of your time in the
One of the biggest highlights to date is getting an internship
in my field of interest where I incorporate work experience,
personal passion, and course work content into a real world setting
with at risk students at a local university. Another highlight was
getting a graduate assistant position that allows me to expand my
knowledge and understanding of how student affairs works on a
university level. Realizing that the possibilities are endless made
me know that I had made the right career move because I never know
what opportunities might present themselves both locally and out of
How did the program help you clarify your career
The program helped me to broaden my understanding of what
student affairs encompasses and how I can translate my prior work
experience as a high school college and career advisor and my
passion for working with at risk students into a new professional
What advice or perspective would you offer to people
considering the MA in Student Affairs?
For me, Carlow was the right decision. The coursework is
designed to build the entire person. I am developing academically,
personally and professionally with the support of faculty and staff
in and outside of the classroom, including The Café workers,
bookstore staff, help desk students and the Student Hub staff. The
Center for Academic Excellence has been pivotal in my being
successful as well. They all are just as important to my experience
at Carlow as my advisor and professors. Everyone treats me so nice
that I feel loved and accepted by all despite my age and my race.
I love the community feel of the campus and the experiences
that are afforded me for professional development.
Program: Dual MA Student Affairs/ MS Professional Counseling
Current position: Coordinator of a program for theological
education, formation, and community, for the Religious Formation
Conference at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL.
Internships: Slippery Rock University Counseling Center. Also,
practicum at Children's Community Pediatrics Behavioral Health in
Wexford and Oakland
What were the highlights of the dual degree
I believe the highlight of my time with the dual program has
been the integration of the counseling profession with the student
affairs profession. Learning the counseling skills and
implementing these skills to the student affairs profession is
vital. Another highlight was meeting other student affairs
professionals at Carlow and other institutions, near and far, by
skype during class, or site visits. This opportunity allowed
me to discover the variety of careers within Student Affairs.
How did Carlow help you prepare for your internship/job
My advisor has been most helpful in helping me network and
connect with different higher education institutions as I searched
How have you applied your learning in your internship or
I believe I have applied both the counseling and student affairs
learnings to my current job. Understanding the variety of
departments and programs associated with student affairs and
applying this knowledge in a relational way has been
What advice would you offer new students?
I believe a career in counseling and/or student affairs allows
one to make a difference in the lives of students. My advice
to new students is to get to know all areas associated with student
affairs and be patient because you will eventually find your niche
and it is worth it!