What’s Your Why?: Julia’s Story – Online Master’s in Higher Education Administration

October 17, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski

I knew by the time I was in 11th grade
that I wanted to be an English teacher. I just have always had a desire to learn. I
love to learn new things and in order to do that I had to go to college. My mom and dad graduated from high school, so I was actually the first one in my
family to graduate from college. My parents really pushed me to go to
college because they knew that I could even when I was a freshman and I was 19
years old and I had my first child. I always planned on coming back for my
master’s, it was just a matter of what I wanted to get my masters in, and I decided that the
master of arts in higher education administration is what I wanted to pursue. I want to be
that support system for students that was there for me when I was a first-year
first-generation student I feel that I can best reach college students. So this was the right program for me
to be able to do that with my life. I like the convenience of it being online
because I work full time, I’m a mom, I’m a wife. Online education is not what it
used to be. You can video chat with your professor, you can video chat with other
students, you can just interact a lot more and it’s a lot more meaningful and
I learn more. Some of the greatest challenges that I have faced being a
fully online student is just the discipline that is required. Before,
whenever I would actually come to campus, it was you know be here at this time
with this professor and do this and do that but you have to set that discipline
for yourself. The most important thing is allocating time every week to sit down
and get my work done. College is not something that you do in your free time. It’s something that you do when you make the time for it. I’ve absolutely learned
so much from this program. It has helped me I make connections left and
right between what we’ve talked about in class, what I’ve learned in my class
and what I’m doing at work. I’ve learned a lot about college students, I’ve
learned a lot about them that has helped me be a better teacher and be a better
advisor and just be a better higher education professional. It has taught me
a lot of leadership skills that I think are extremely important if you’re gonna
be in higher education. There are a lot of motivating factors for
me in my career in education: supporting my family, showing my daughter
that I’m gonna do what I set out to do and if I can do it then so can she. Are you gonna go to college? Yes, when I’m a grown up! You can do it. If it’s something that
you want, you have a passion for, it’s where you see yourself in the
future, there’s value in it for you… Then go for it. Take the risk.