Major: Leadership and Policy Studies
Planned Graduation: May 2011
Why did you choose this course of study?
The MS degree in Policy Studies interested me because of my love of education. I want
to be in an administrative level some day and I felt that this track would get me
there. The professors have worked well with me and it has been rewarding. I want to
start out teaching or in administration in a Community College so I am also working
on my Community College certificate. I feel that through my studies here I will be
able to enter the realm of Higher Education and begin to build a successful career.
What do you feel has prepared you for your future role in higher education?
After taking a class with Dr. Mullins-Nelson, I was accepted into an internship with
the Center for Transforming Communities. This is a non-profit organization founded
on religious beliefs and its goal is to establish sustainable communities in the mid-south
region. They are built on the communities of shalom initiative and help to bridge
the gap between the community and the church. They use the initiative of shalom to
build successful relationships between community and church, community and education,
and community development as a whole. I believe that it is fundamental for higher
education to reach out to the community to help to build and develop a better tomorrow.
How did this internship impact your future goals in higher education?
This internship was very fulfilling. I was able to see many parallels between non-profit
and higher education, and also see the importance of the developing a connection between
higher education and community. I was able to see the process of grant writing, help
manage projects for events, fundraising, and many other hands on activities through
my internship and was able to grow in my mind and help to further develop my skills
outside of the classroom setting. I want to help to bridge the divide between higher
education and the community, and I feel as my experience in this internship has given
me the inspiration to help make that happen.