SAHE: Student Affairs in Higher Education

SAHE: Student Affairs in Higher Education

September 7, 2019 2 By Ronny Jaskolski


– My name is Alex Johnson. – My name is Millicent Bean. – My name is Christy Rowden. – My name is Britt Spears
and I’m a part of Cohort 10. – I’m a part of Cohort Six. – I’m a part of Cohort 10. – And I was part of Cohort Three. – My name is Julie Boykin. – My name is Kimmy Brake. – My name is Dustin Braddish. – My name is Ellen Herbig,
and I’m a part of Cohort 10. – And I’m a member of Cohort 10. – I’m an Academic Advisor at
Missouri State University. And I was in Cohort Nine. – I was a part of Cohort Nine here in Missouri State University, SAHE Program. (upbeat music) – Higher education is a great place to be, to work, if you’re interested interested in Student Development,
working alongside students and great faculty and staff,
to provide those learning outcomes for students to be successful. – I think our program is
wonderful in the sense that each of our courses correspond with one of the NASPA/ASPA competencies. My first year I wasn’t
really able to see that. But definitely this
year, I’m able to see how each class connects to a competency. – I don’t think that I thought so much about how much the class
experience was gonna impact the work that I do. I think the Student Development class built a foundation that I now can go into a job interview and articulate how the programs that they’re implementing serve student success, and how to follow those models, and do assessment. I’m definitely more prepared
to be a professional. – You know, Grad School is hard. It is. There’s no hiding that fact. But that’s part of what makes it worth it. And without that cohort
to go through it with, it would be much harder,
much more of a struggle. But ultimately the cohort is
what makes the experience. My cohort was a big factor in my satisfaction with the
program, just because they were so supportive. And whether that was, we
were all excited together, or we were all frustrated
about something together, there was that social support. But further, there’s a
lot of academic support. We had such a diverse set of minds, and a diverse set of backgrounds to where if I didn’t understand
something and one them did, we would be able to
communicate and vice versa. – I really love making relationships with other people, getting to know them and their backgrounds,
and where they came from. They really helped me in
giving me a broad perspective of higher ed, because I had only been at one institution. So getting to hear from
other students that had been at previous institutions was a huge benefit for me. And I just made some
really good friendships during that time as well. – I’ve actually talked to
other graduate students in different programs that are not in a cohort style, and their experience is so different than mine. I can lean on my cohort partners for knowing exactly what’s
going on in classes, for support, or help if I need it. – I think the Cohort Model is absolutely essential to your success here. I don’t think that I would have been able to go and have so much
support without them. We interact with each
other each and every day. We bonded pretty quickly
from the first class we had and it’s been really helpful to have a committed group of students who are studying the same things that I am and have the same interests that I do. To be together and work out the problems that we’re having, help
each other succeed, to follow our own passions
as we leave the program. – I currently serve as the
Director of Student Activities at Evangel. And under that umbrella
is a lot of things: clubs and organizations, Orientation, Homecoming, Intermurals. A little bit of everything
outside of the classroom. And I absolutely love it. – So right now I’m actually
a Financial Aid Counselor here at Missouri State University. – My current position is Academic Advisor at Missouri State. – I get to work with students
and community agencies to address social issues
and needs in the community. – I work for Residence Life
Housing and Dining Services. – Currently I am the Graduate Assistant for Programming in the
Office of Student Engagement, with a focus on Spirit and Tradition. – Well I’m currently
serving as the Student Union Marketing Graduate Assistant. – My Graduate Assistantship,
I work with Community Involvement and Service,
with our Alternative Break Program. – Student Affairs in
Higher Education helped me to connect theory to practical situations, and helped me to cultivate
those relationships that were able to get me in this position. – Here at Missouri State, in
the Student Affairs Program, I was able to see a
lot of different people and realized that, the
field is a lot bigger than just the institution
I went to for Undergrad. And that there’s a lot
of opportunity out there to work with students of difference because that’s essentially
where we’re going. Everyone’s going to be different. There will be no minority
or majority one day. We’ll all just be people.