Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Next Step

One of the most fitting phrases I’ve heard while in graduate school is “The days are long, but the years are short.”  It’s hard for me to believe that I will be graduating soon and that my time at Hofstra is nearing its end. 

I am lucky enough to leave Hofstra with a full time job in my chosen field of student affairs in higher education, but I know that I would not have been able to reach that goal without my experiences in my internship at the Career Center and in my Graduate Assistantship in Residential Programs at Hofstra.

Both my internship and my assistantship allowed me to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to help me be successful in my field.  Being able to connect real-life experiences with my coursework allowed me to learn even more in my graduate program and to apply theory to practice.  For those students who still have some time before graduating, don’t underestimate how important it is to gain experience in your field.  Let the Career Center help you find meaningful internship experiences that will help you land a job when you graduate!

As I leave Hofstra, I’d like to thank all of those who have helped me to learn and to grow in my professional identity.  Thank you to Deanna Rodin, my internship supervisor at the Career Center, and Monique Alexander, my supervisor in Residential Programs, as well as the entire staff of both the Career Center and Residential Programs for your support throughout these past two years.  I wouldn’t have been able to make it through without you!

~Stacie Mitchell, Career Center Intern

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