Katryna Marvel - MA in Student Affairs

Katryna Marvel 

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)

President (longer-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!

 Lortta Ellis - MA in Student Affairs

Loretta Ellis

Program: MA in Student Affairs 

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 MA?

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 state.

How did the program help you clarify your career goals?

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 career.

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. 

Karina Conrad - MA in Student Affairs

Karina Conrad

Program: Dual MA Student Affairs/ MS Professional Counseling

Graduated: 2018

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 program?

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 search?

My advisor has been most helpful in helping me network and connect with different higher education institutions as I searched for jobs.

How have you applied your learning in your internship or job?

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 beneficial. 

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!