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Meet Alumni of the GA Experience
“My experiences as a graduate assistant within various departments in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, coupled with the material that I learned in the classroom, helped me gain more in-depth knowledge of the Higher Education and Student Affairs field. As a GA, I was able to enhance my leadership skills, gain confidence in myself as a professional, and build a strong professional and social network. These skills ultimately helped me obtain my first post-graduate full-time position in the field of Student Affairs. If it were not for the support that I received from SAEM's GA Experience, I would not be where I am today, and I am forever grateful."
-Destiny Riley, M.S.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education, 2012. Assistant Director for Community Service, Student Involvement & Leadership Development; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
"My experiences in the Adult & Higher Education program at NIU were instrumental to my holistic student development. The curriculum that my peers and I learned in the classroom was practical to our future career aspirations. As a Graduate Residence Hall Director, I connected theory to practice and became more cognizant of the skills that I needed to acquire throughout my graduate program. I engaged daily in relevant experiences that prepared me for the position I hold today. My assistantship fostered an environment conducive of the day-to-day responsibilities I would face as a Student Affairs practitioner in Housing & Dining. I am pleased to say that the combination of my graduate program and assistantship was the greatest contribution to my professional and personal growth. GO HUSKIES!!!"
-Quincy Bevely, M.S.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education, 2012. Apartment Area Coordinator, Department of Housing & Dining Services; Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
"The GA Experience in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management has been of abundant value to me both personally and professionally. The assistantship program provided me with direct application of what I was learning in the classroom and exposed me to professional competencies that enhanced my overall professional development. Through my experience, I learned how to best serve students in a meaningful way and gained an understanding of the dynamic field of student affairs. In addition to this, while in the Counseling, Adult & Higher Education program I had the opportunity to connect with colleagues and truly make lifelong friendships, all of which have set me up for success in my current and future professional endeavors."
-Danielle Wolfgang, M.S.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education, 2012. Residence Director of Special Projects, Residence Life; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
"Being a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University in Student Involvement & Leadership Development for three consecutive years is an experience that I hold very close to my heart. I appreciated both the professional and personal growth opportunities that provided me the chance to support the successful growth and development of students academically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. By having the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals, other graduate students, and undergraduate students on a daily basis, I was able to gain keen insight into what it takes to successfully operate as a team, build collaborative relationships, work independently, and handle crisis situations. There is no question that the GA Experience had a tremendous impact on my career, both professionally and personally. I feel truly blessed to have been part of such a professional, supportive team and will forever be grateful for the amazing experience."
-Christina Bieche, M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2012; Access/Assessment Counselor, Rosecrance Health Network, Rockford, IL