Grad School Search: Revisited

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Over the break, I’ve been looking deeper into the admissions process and requirements for the following schools:

Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) – Master of Science in Leadership Development, Student Services Concentration

Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas) – Master of Science in College Student Development, Administration Option

Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri) – Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration

Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas) – Master of Education in Higher Education

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas) – Master of Education in Higher Education

University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia) – Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)- Master of Arts in Higher Education

University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse (LaCrosse, Wisconsin) – Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration.

I had a few other schools listed on here before but I did some thinking and I decided that I only want to look into the schools that I can seriously see myself attending.

I chose to research these schools looking for the following:

Diverse Universities and Cities

Large University

Cohort Based

Theory or Administration Options

No Thesis Exit Requirement

Universites Out-Of-State

2 In-State Options

Currently I am looking at each of these schools and comparing admissions requirements such as GPA, GRE scores, deadlines, application fees, and how far they are from home.

Any advice about any of the above schools, cities or programs from those that are in current attendance or whom have graduate from these programs would be greatly appreciated.

I am hoping to narrow these down to my top 5 before the summer of 2016 and then apply to my top 3 by the end of December 2016.


Writing A Personal Statement / Statement of Purpose

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I am currently trying to put together my first statement of purpose for one of the universities that I am interested in for graduate school. Honestly, I am really struggling with where to begin and what all to say.

I don’t want to basically put everything that is on my resume within the statement because graduate school application committees will be viewing my resume, however, there are some things that I still want to include in my statement such as my leadership experience.

Many of them are 300 or 500 words or less. I am not sure if I should go for the maximum amount of words or just write until I have nothing left to say.

I have been looking online at several personal statements, however, I am not sure which one is the best to use as a guide.

Hopefully I can put a good one together.


Preparing for Summer Internships

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Now that it is finally winter break, I can take a little time to focus on preparing for potential interviews for summer internships in 2016.

Currently, I registered as a candidate for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) Housing Internship Program and I have been looking at a few summer positions at Northwestern University for their College Preparation Program.

For ACUHO-I, my resume and professional references are ready to go and I am just waiting for January 14th so I can begin viewing host sites that are looking for undergraduate interns. When I find myself saying “January”, it seems like it is so far away but really it is right around the corner.

2016 Summer Internships

I know that getting an internships through ACUHO-I will be a bit of a challenge because most applicants are graduate students, however, i have been told that some host sites do hire undergraduate students and I wouldn’t want to miss out on a great opportunity to get some student affairs experience.

As for Northwestern, I am currently preparing my essay questions for the many positions that I applied for.

I believe either opportunity would be a great chance for me to jump into the field and see what I can contribute to the field of higher ed. I can’t wait to see where my student affairs journey will take me.

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Beginning My Grad School Search

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Lately I’ve been looking into several student affairs graduate programs both in the state of Arkansas and out-of-state. I’m trying to narrow my list down to at least 3, however, there are so many options I just can’t pick.

I’ve recently viewed the following programs:

Drake University – Master of Science, Leadership Development, Higher Education Concentration

Kansas State University – Master of Science, College Student Development, Administration Option

Missouri State University – Master of Science in Education, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Northwestern University – Master of Science in Education, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Texas Tech University – Master of Education, Higher Education

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville -Master of Education, Higher Education


Arkansas Tech University – Master of Science, College Student Personnel

At first I wasn’t going to take the GRE because of the cost, but now seeing that there are so many ways to cut the cost, I figured why not try taking it at least once.

I think this list may change several times before I actually begin applying to programs, however, I don’t see anything wrong with keeping my options open. I would love to hear any advice from those whom are currently in or whom have graduated from the above programs.

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Hello Readers!

Welcome to my new blog, Mike Harris: My Journey Into Higher Education & Student Affairs. With this blog, I will be documenting my quest toward becoming a student affairs / higher education professional. From my campus involvement to applying to graduate school, to getting that first professional job.

I’m hoping that this blog will be able to share my journey with those wanting to follow my path as well as gather advice from those that are sitting in the positions that I am hoping to hold post graduation.

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Thanks for reading followers! Let this journey begin!