4 Things Every New Digital #SAgrad Should Do 2015

  It’s time for a yearly update! My advice for the digital #SAgrad of 2015… So you’ve recently started your journey towards a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  CONGRATULATIONS!  As a former instructor in a number of these programs, one of the topics I like to review with my students is how they can begin to network and gain valuable professional development… digitally… and often for free.  Going digital really isn’t an option anymore, and with that in mind I wanted to give your four tips that can start you on your… Read More

Examples of #SAgrad Online Professional Portfolios

In the practicum course I taught in the Merrimack College Higher Education program this semester, I had the students experiment with the creation of online portfolios.  Online portfolios can be an excellent opportunity to promote reflective practice as well as give students a leg up in the job search.  They can follow you throughout your career and be an excellent public space to archive your thoughts and achievements.  The assignment I gave to the students, as outlined in the syllabus, read: Students will create a reflective online portfolio of their fellowship and… Read More

A DIVORCE Letter to my Dissertation

The power of digital technology allows one to impact others and make connections in sometimes unexpected ways. My “love letter” to my dissertation struck a chord with many and inspired Doreen Hettich-Atkins to write her own “divorce” letter to her dissertation. The PhD journey is intensely personal, but there are always unspoken common experiences that anyone who has undertaken this process goes through.  Here’s an alternate take on that journey: Dear Dissertation: I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know that I want a divorce.   We spent 3 years together plus another… Read More

A Love Letter to my Dissertation

Dear Dissertation- I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know that I still love you. I feel like we’ve been drifting as of late, and I wanted to reaffirm our commitment. We’ve been courting for a long time. Three years ago, when we started flirting, I didn’t have an idea as to where our relationship would take us. I knew a little bit about you, but it still wasn’t clear. Through learning together and researching each other, however, I feel like we’ve come to a good place. Our… Read More