Hey everyone! Welcome to the second edition of "SEAHO Grads Say..." Like Sammi talked about in the last post this blog is going to highlight experiences within SEAHO from three different perspectives. I was lucky enough to be asked to provide the perspective of a second year graduate student!
Now I bet you're wondering who "I" is since I haven't actually introduced myself yet. My name is Justin Clark and I am currently a second year graduate student in the Higher Education: Student Affairs masters program at Old Dominion University. I currently work in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at ODU as an Assistant Residence Hall Director. I am currently working in an all freshman building that holds 600 residents! During my first year at ODU I worked in an area with all upperclassman that lived in an apartment style with 10 buildings and around 1,000 residents.
Now let me dive into my background a little bit more from my experiences prior to being at ODU. I did my undergraduate work at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. My degree was in Sports Management with a minor in English with a writing emphasis, so I'm kind of pumped to be writing again! While at LC I was an RA my junior and senior years which really lead to my becoming more involved on campus and being a student leader. Student affairs was never really something I considered until someone sat me down to talk about it and told me they thought I would be really good at it (I'm looking at you Jacquelyn!). After having that conversation the rest is history and here I am today.
I don't want to bore you all with a bunch of crazy topics but I have had a lot of good experiences in the world of student affairs that I am excited to share with you all throughout the course of this blog! Some of my future posts will include topics such as internship searches, job searches, conference experiences, ways to get involved in state/regional/national organizations, etc. I'll also try to throw in a couple personal experiences that I am currently having!
One last thing I wanted to highlight was some of my passions as I noticed Sammi did that in her post. My major passions are professional organization involvement, career development, social media (find me on twitter @jclarky021), and networking. Obviously my biggest passion is working with students and helping them have the best experiences they can while they attend the institution I work at.
Anyways, I'll catch you all the next time I have something to write about! My next topic will probably come out soon and it will be about internships cause I know for you first year grads that search is right around the corner! Hope you enjoy what we are putting together here!