Welcome, and thank you for checking out the "SEAHO Grads Say” blog!
First and foremost, congratulations to all of the fellow first years for completing our first semester of graduate school!
My name is Gabriel Solomon and I am here to provide my perspective as a first year grad. I am currently a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina State University (GO ‘PACK!), and graduated last spring from Florida State University. I currently have an assistantship with University Housing and co-manage a suite style building of 700+ residents, while advising my hall council, our department’s Housing Conduct Board, and chairing my area’s diversity committee.
Like many of you, I was bitten by the student affairs bug in undergrad and was lucky enough to have the assistance of several professionals guide and provide opportunities for me to learn more about the exciting world of student affairs! As an undergraduate I was fairly active as a student leader. I was an RA for three years, an enriching experience that allowed me to gain valuable experience and connections in residence life, that also prepared me to lead my own community. I was also involved with programs that catered towards the needs of first-generation college students, a population I would like to focus on throughout my professional career.
I think I speak for many of the other first year grads when I say "I am thrilled to be done with my first semester of grad school!”. Everyone always says that the first semester is always the most challenging and I would be lying if I said there weren't times where I doubted my ability to succeed. But with the encouragement and support of fellow grads, and awesome co-workers, I overcame those hurdles and I know that I’ve become a stronger person and more confident professional. Looking forward, I believe that it is important for us to remember why we chose this profession, and to use that as motivation as we continue into our graduate programs. While we may not always be recognized for everything that we do, know that your work does have an impact, and can change lives.
I’m looking forward to the start of the next semester and hopefully seeing all of you at SEAHO in just a few months.
Until next time,