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Jessie Riggs

Home town: Wellington, KansasDave DeCecco PhotoUndergraduate Institution: Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas
Internship: Area Coordinator, Department of Residential Life: Greek Life Intern, Baker University
Current Employment: Residential Life Coordinator, Herman and Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City

What I learned through my assistantships?
"I thoroughly enjoyed the great opportunities I had during my assistantship.  Over the course of my two years at Baker University, I learned many valuable tools and processes of being an effective supervisor and colleague."

What I liked most about my Masters program?
"I really enjoyed the cohort model as it helped me learn more about other institutions.  I know that if I needed assistance I could easily connect with colleagues from the program.  The program really helped foster a strong network of colleagues in many different areas of student affairs.  

 
Kelsey PloegerDave DeCecco Photo

Home town: Pipestone, Minnesota
Undergraduate Institution: University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota
Internship: Assistant Complex Director, Department of Student Housing; Academic Advising Intern, School of Education
Current Employment: Assistant Director, University Career Center, The University of Kansas

What I learned through my assistantships?
“I appreciated the various career exploration opportunities my department afforded me. Over the course of my two years in KU Student Housing, I was able to attend and present at professional conferences, while volunteering and interning with other offices on campus. My colleagues and supervisors used a strengths-based approach to help me build and develop my future goals and aspirations."

What I liked most about my Masters program?
“I loved the cohort model of my graduate program. While learning essential theories and current research in higher education, I was able to practically process classroom content with classmates from all over the world, working all over campus. Some of my best friends and most valuable colleagues are KU Higher Education Administration alums."


Jake Rudy

Hometown: Radcliffe, Iowa
Undergraduate: University of Northern Iowa
Internship: Pre-Education Advisor, School of Education
Current employment: Academic Advisor, College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

What I liked most about my assistantship?
“In my assistantship as a Pre-Education Advisor I really came to understand how I work with people, and how I can best work with students to coach them as they navigate complex institutions. I loved my assistantship for so many reasons, but one of the most valuable takeaways was the fact that I was really treated as a valued colleague, and was not seen as "just a grad student"."

What I liked most about the master's program?
“I feel that the academic portion of this degree really exemplifies the phrase "challenge and support". (If you haven't heard of this yet, just wait until classes start.) The faculty, materials, and expectations were supportive but also pushed us to do our best work in the classroom and on campus. If you're hoping to learn and grow as a student and as a professional, this program is the one for you."


Stefani Gerson

Home Town: Overland Park
Undergraduate Institution: KUStefani Gerson Photo
Internship: Student Involvement & Leadership Center (Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center)
Current Employment: Coordinator of Student Programs, KU Alumni Association

What I liked most about my internship:  I enjoyed my internship so much!  Being able to work with seasoned professionals, other graduate students, and undergraduate students on a daily basis enhanced my classroom experience and personal life more than I can say.  The fact that my mentors and supervisors never treated me as a student, but rather a colleague enabled me to quickly become the higher education administrator that I hoped to become.  I was able to plan campus-wide programs, advise several student organizations, travel to conventions, create publications, and much much more!  I could never put in a paragraph all that I walked away with from my internship…there aren't enough words.

What I liked most about my Masters program:  When I started in the Master's program I wasn't 100% positive what I was getting into.  I knew that I wanted to get a graduate degree and knew that I needed more education and experience before entering the "real world."  Two years later, I walked away with life-long friends, an expansive knowledge set of how a college runs, how students develop, and how to put a personal stamp on a university.  I never would have imagined all that I would gain from this graduate program.  I feel so lucky to have stumbled into something that would shape my future forever!



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